Project spotlight
May 6th, 2007. 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."

The 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 contractor.

Premier Construction Services I  Mark Smith, Owner  I  419-541-0161 I  P.O. Box 295, Norwalk, OH 44857 I  Email

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