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At Home: A Modern Home In Walhalla Ravine is Now For Sale

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: A Modern Home In Walhalla Ravine is Now For SaleThe property at 224 Walhalla Road is currently listed for sale.
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Tom Ward and Greg Baker

The home at 224 Walhalla Ravine is a stunning mid-century modern home that has gone through a couple of renovations, and recently was listed for sale. Let’s take a look back at what it looked like in October, 2010 with previous owners!

One of the more unique and beautiful areas of Columbus is the Walhalla Ravine. Since most of Columbus is flat land, the Walhalla Ravine offers great scenic views and wildlife, making you feel like you are in another place. Greg Baker and Tom Ward were always on the lookout for a modern house to fix up. They were wanting condo style living, but in a house. Several years ago, they found the perfect property overlooking Walhalla Ravine. The two bedroom, two bath, nearly 2200 square foot house was built in 1940 and was later converted into two apartments. The conversion added dark hallways and walls that took away the beautiful views of the outdoors. Eight months of construction and renovation later, Greg and Tom finally had their “modern cement treehouse.”

The house originally was very beat up, with white stuccoed sides (that dirtied and stained easily), closed in patios, a small deck, roof issues and an entrance hidden off to the side. Greg and Tom had fixed up homes before, but had never undertaken such a huge project. They did all of the interior design work and demolition themselves, finding inspiration from their many art books and magazines and help from the architects at urbanorder Architecture to bring their visions to fruition. To do the excavation, roof repair, restoration and repair of the poured form concrete ceiling, they brought in more professional help.

Exterior before, during and after:


Throughout the entire home, inside and out, the architectural details and accents juxtapose nature with industrial and old with new. The dining table combines industrial steel legs with reclaimed wood, the dining chairs are antiques from Mary Catherine’s and the modern lamp finishes the space. Richly textured blankets for their dogs Scout and Chance play off of the shiny white epoxy flooring. The house was re-stuccoed and painted a dark gray with natural wood accents placed around the doorways. The natural wood warms up the house color and blends it into the hillside. A larger deck was added and the closed in patio was reopened. The outdoor areas act as bonus rooms that provide great outdoor space to relax, entertain or even sleep under the stars.

Hallway and Kitchen before:

224 Walhalla Ravine

Kitchen after and view of the ceiling:

This picture of the living and dining spaces was their ‘aha’ moment where they realized their vision for the home was going to work:

Dining after:

Their favorite thing about the home are all of the views and the interior lines of the space. Several indoor vantage points provide views throughout the entire house to the outside. They added windows on each corner of the house that frame views of the outdoors.

Living after:

Bedroom and Living after:

Some of their favorite stores to find home accents that fit their “rustic modern” but casual style include Collier West, Room & Board, Design within Reach and Rouche Bobois. The large, nearly floor to ceiling mirrors came from the closing of City Center Mall. Much of the artwork is done by Tom himself, he has a studio space in the Cherry Art Building in downtown.

Ravine level family room before:

During:

After with opened stairs:

Tom also has a small office space in their home where he works on his new project Excellent Joe, a website he started to offer advice on men’s clothing and accessories. Tom brings over ten years experience in the forecasting fashion trends business to his new venture, taking trends from the street, fashion and mall brands and adding his own twist to make them wearable for today’s man. Eventually he would like the website to be a launchpad to other businesses, including a product line. Visit the website, like it on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter.

Greg and Tom had their home featured on the 27th Clintonville Tour of Homes where over 2,000 people came to view it – possibly part of the reason it was a record turn out!

Thanks to Tom and Greg for providing the before photos!

This story was originally published on Columbus Underground on October 3, 2010. Take a look at the current for sale listing.

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