Grand Lady Victorian's Careful 5-Year Renovation a Labor of Love

By Colucci, Rosa | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), October 22, 2017 | Go to article overview

Grand Lady Victorian's Careful 5-Year Renovation a Labor of Love


Colucci, Rosa, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Elizabeth Joyner and her real estate agent looked at more than 20 houses before she found the right one.

"She was delightful. We had a good time," said Realtor Dan Geller of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Ms. Joyner immediately knew 230 Dravo Ave. in Beaver was it.

"The house was in the middle of a major kitchen renovation due to a water main leak and needed some serious TLC. But I loved it the moment I saw it," she said.

After five years of restoration and renovation by contractor Bob Carney, the house is finished, and its proud owner is leaving due to a job transfer. It is listed for $338,500 (MLS No. 1302325) and under contigency with Mr. Geller (412-262-4630 or www.thepreferredrealty.com).

"There are not very many houses like this in the $300,000 to $500,000 price point," he said. "Many owners are holding on to them."

It's easy to see why. The classic Victorian sits on a corner lot within walking distance of downtown Beaver. It has a large, welcoming front porch with a freshly painted railing and cozy furniture. The exterior boasts new fences, arbors and landscaping.

Visitors enter through a bright vestibule. Solid oak doors lead into the 14-by-12-foot entry, where original stained glass floods the space with light and color. Original pocket doors lead to the living and dining rooms.

The 16- by- 14-foot dining room has the original fireplace mantel and a built-in china closet. A picture rail wraps the perimeter of this room and many others.

The 16- by- 16-foot living room has many of the same features, except the china closet is swapped for a bookcase with lots of carved detail. The fireplace mantel is even grander, with carved columns and cornices. The main window is topped by an arched stained-glass transom with a carved panel below.

The new 23- by- 11-foot kitchen has been renovated and updated with new hardware, backsplashes and more. The cabinets include carved wood details and have varying heights for visual interest. The first floor also has a powder room.

A sun room off the kitchen features skylights and a large sliding door that leads to the outdoor deck. There is also a covered porch with scallop shingles and gingerbread trim.

On the stairs to the second floor, Mr. Carney installed trim on the underside of each step to highlight the beauty of the hardwood.

The 15- by- 15-foot master bedroom is staged to take advantage of the tall windows and show off the hardwood floors. A stately antique chandelier hangs in the center (all antique light fixtures were rewired when the wiring was converted from knob and tube). …

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