A More Perfect Union

Last year, we shared progress on the renovation of a stately Old Southwest home tucked into the woods that abut the MKT Trail. The yearlong project, completed in January, surpasses everything the preservation-minded homeowners hoped it would be. While roughly doubling the home’s original 1,600-square-foot footprint, the addition seamlessly melds old and new.
Every exquisite detail of the early ‘30s-era English Tudor brick home is lovingly preserved — soaring vaulted beamed living room ceiling, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, baronial stone fireplace, leaded bay windows, hammered brass hardware, hand-hewn newels and so much more. In the most dramatic interface between eras, the home’s original back brick exterior wall and windows are the centerpiece of the connection to the new addition — a three-story stairwell, with breathtaking natural views, that unites the spacious kitchen and dining area, master suite, child’s bedroom with Jack and Jill bathroom, third-floor playroom and three-car garage.

The addition brims with updated homages to original features, such as the vaulted and beamed kitchen ceiling, burnished mixed metal hardware and fixtures, and tile-work patterns. The project seamlessly unites the elegant charm of the 1930s mansion with the warmth and amenities of a 21st-century home that’s just right for an active family of six.

These homeowners wanted to be close to Columbia’s urban center yet enjoy ample indoor and outdoor space for the children to explore and make their own.

“We wanted a beautiful house with character, but a place of comfort and welcome where our kids feel completely a part of it,” the homeowner says. “I really think we’ve found that here.”

Original architect: 1932, Robert B. Deering, for Columbia dentist Clifton Faris Elzea

Addition architect: 2014, Slay Architecture, San Antonio, Texas

Contractors: Jacob Bruton of Aarow Building; Ryan McCullem

Designer: Jesse Bodine, president, Scout & Nimble

Lighting, dining table, pillows, counter stools: Scout & Nimble

Custom cabinetry (kitchen, master bath, sunroom, mudroom): Andy Werth, Stickman Woodworks