We cherish the history of our Virginia countryside and the many historic spaces that remind us of a distant time. Today we’re checking in with Jane Covington of Jane Covington Restoration who is carefully preserving that long, rich narrative – one building at a time.
Covington’s team has restored pre-Revolutionary churches, country estates, farm houses, and even a former furniture factory. With thoughtful attention to detail and a passion for preserving the story of a space, Jane Covington Restoration has given many a forgotten edifice a gorgeous NEW lease on life – including this recently completed historic, Virginia country home.
Often, what an older home lacks in modern comforts, it makes up for in charm, antique elements and craftsmanship of yore. As Jane explains,
“It was the client’s dream to live in an historic home but this space had not been touched since the 1970s and was badly in need of updating. Typical of an older home, there was no closet space, the bathrooms were abysmal, and the kitchen space cramped and dark.”
Of course with every renovation there are challenges, but when you start with good bones and a solid foundation, the sky is the limit. Jane describes her carefully implemented plan to add needed modern upgrades to the space, while preserving the character and history that made it unique,
“The house lent itself to architectural changes. We opened up the kitchen and added a master suite, complete with walk-in closet and generously proportioned bath. We did all of this while leaving the historic spaces with original moldings and woodwork in tact. Despite the needed upgrades, we didn’t want things to look too ‘new,’ so we refinished the floors by hand to keep the soft edges and refurbished the historic windows rather than replace them, leaving the stunning wavy glass in place.”
Going Green + Savings
Possibly the most impressive aspect of this restoration was how the homeowners financed the project. Jane explains,
“The client was very committed to ‘going green’ and we worked with some exciting high performing, low VOC products and reclaimed materials. As a bonus, we completed all of this work financing the cost with the renovation tax credit, representing a substantial savings to the client.”
“we worked with some exciting high performing, low VOC products and reclaimed materials. As a bonus, we completed all of this work financing the cost with the renovation tax credit, representing a substantial savings to the client.” — Jane Covington, Jane Covington Restoration
Whether you’re looking to restore a new (old) home, bring life back to a cherished historical structure in your community, or offer new purpose to a “formerly functioning” barn, corn crib or stable on your property, consider Jane Covington Restoration for the project – and preserve a beautiful historic space of your very own.
…be sure to tell them SCOUT sent you.