At Home: A New Place in Upper Arlington Showcases an Art Collection
A co-parenting situation becomes infinitely easier when the parents live close to each other. In Katie Langmeyer’s case, the proximity is right around the corner. Langmeyer was also fortunate to find a home in Upper Arlington that was in good shape and did not need a lot of updating. Being close to the high school is also convenient.
“I wanted to stay in Upper Arlington,” says Langmeyer. “I wanted to downsize, I was on a single mom’s budget. Upper Arlington is a tricky neighborhood to stay in if you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money to remodel.”
She also did not have the desire to be in a bidding war for a new home. Her ex-husband came across a home that looked like a good fit and let her know about it. Being a realtor owned home, it was a quiet sale between two motivated parties.
“The location was perfect,” she says. “It was not an overwhelming amount of work for a single mother, and I saw a lot of potential to make this a home for my daughters.”
The nearly 1300 square-foot home has two bedrooms and one bath, with another bathroom that needs some work. When she moved in, Langmeyer refinished the hardwood floors, painted the rooms, redid the kitchen flooring with ceramic tile with a wood-like finish from Hamilton Parker, and redid the flooring in the sunroom. A future project includes replacing the windows and French doors in the sunroom.
Recently the large Oak tree in the front lawn took a hit from lightning and had to come down.
“It was such a beautiful tree,” says Langmeyer. “It was sad to bring it down, but I am hoping to refresh the landscaping soon.”
Langmeyer’s home has also become quite the backdrop for her extensive collection of art, mostly consisting of pieces by local Columbus artists.
“My first true piece was one by Chris Plummer that I saw at the Upper Arlington Arts Festival,” she says. “It was $600, which was a lot. I thought about that piece for an entire year! I went back to the festival next year and there it still was. So I told him, I’ll be right back, and I went home to get my checkbook to buy it and took the piece home with me.”
Langmeyer has some of her favorite pieces hanging in her living room and dining room which are unsurprisingly, her favorite places to spend time. Though all of the rooms are pleasant. The open, circular layout of the home gives every room sunlight. The working fireplace in the living room adds warmth, and the built-in china cabinet in the dining room adds character.
“I loved that I had a place to store my china,” says Langmeyer.
Langmeyer came to Columbus from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“I came here for a weekend and decided that Columbus had a lot to offer,” she says. “There’s great culture here, and the cost of living is comparable.”
She’s lived in Upper Arlington for the past twelve years. With her backyard abutting some of the new development along Lane Avenue, Langmeyer is hopeful the changes will be positive.
“I am looking forward to enjoying my home,” she says.
At Home is a monthly column on Columbus Underground focused on urban home remodeling and style as well as older home renovations and unique homes in Columbus. If you would like to have your home featured in the At Home series, please send an email to me at [email protected].
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