In the middle of the night, I received a phone call from a friend
on Chatam Street saying the Berry home at 131 East Main Street
was engulfed in flames.
I immediately went to the home to see if there was anything
that I could do to help. Upon arrival, witnessing the beautiful
home that Mr. Berry had worked so hard on for the last 16 or
so years, was heavily damaged. Our company had done a major
exterior restoration of the home in 1991 and numerous interior
remodeling projects over the years.
The fire had gutted the interior of the home with structural
damage from the first floor to the third. Exterior damage was
to the roofs, porches and facades. It took some time for Mr.
Berry to decide whether he wanted to start over again on his
wonderful home, being such an enormous undertaking and all.
When the decision was made, Premier Construction was hired for
the challenge. My feeling was "we did it the first time,
we will do it again."
interior had to be taken down to the studs, floor joists and
structural members replaced. The exterior presented some challenges.
The fire had badly damaged the soffits, corbels and window mantels.
The window and door mantels were made of decorative custom tin
work soldered together. It was impossible to find any such craftsman
today. These were reproduced out of solid plastic boards. Then
the curved crown molds were made. The heat had cracked the antique
leaded glass windows in the doors. So, an artesian from Cleveland
was hired to reproduce them exactly. All windows in the home
were replaced with new custom Andersen units to replicate the
originals. All electrical, plumbing, HVAC had to be replaced
and updated. We made every attempt to insulate and make the
home as energy efficient as possible, without disturbing the
historical nature of the home. The stairways had to be custom
made with all custom handrail and spindles . All interior doors
& trim were reproduced to match the originals, including
three sets of arch top twin pocket doors. The original custom
plaster details, such as round outside corners, archways, ornate
crown molds and ceiling medallions were replaced. There was
virtually nothing that went into the finishing of the home that
could be purchased at a lumber yard. Almost all of it was custom
made by us or other reproduction custom shops.
We would like to take
this opportunity to thank Mr. Berry for choosing us to be his