Another Troutner house to add to the list. As I drove up, I noticed that this house definitely has Troutner characteristics: simple, rectangular forms, 4-inch masonry block, high windows, vertical siding and a low-sloped roof with thick fascia. However, there were a few surprises that I am pretty sure are not original. The wonderful, rich contrast between the wood siding (which Troutner typically stained) and the masonry block had been lost when the siding was painted a cream color to match the block. The high windows had been replaced with glass block, which is odd because it's not like anyone could see in anyway. Also odd was a large wooden panel section sandwiched between two masonry block walls. Apparently it was once a large glass panel section but the owners, wanting more privacy from the street, filled it in.
The front door opens into an entry hall with wood paneled walls and Oakley stone flooring throughout, and that is where the fun began for me. Tucked behind the entry hall wall is the living room, where the flooring transitions to beige carpet and a long wall of windows offers a view of the half-acre sloping site accessed by sliding doors that open out onto the deck. Opposite the windows is stained wood siding with built-in shelves (more Troutner detailing). The living room is separated from the dining room by a massive double-sided stone fireplace and hearth.
The dining area shares the same views and carpet as the living area, unfortunately, it is exposed to the remodeled kitchen. This remodel occurred back when white, flush paneled cabinets with oak trim were all the rage. There is some pretty bad sheet flooring and blue upholstered bar stool seating.
Off of the kitchen is a large utility room, which according to the Realtor might have been an addition. Prior to that, there might just have been a covered breezeway between the garage and main house. The hallway leading back to the bedroom and bath is lined with built-in closets on the exterior wall side, and it is here that the glass block and panel infill occurred, perhaps in the '90s.
My first stop was the bathroom. Wow. The stone flooring continues into the bathroom and is paired with silvery wallpaper and stained siding, but the true delight was the brilliant red tile in the shower. I loved the contrast with the stone.
One bedroom has the original red shag carpeting, which looks new, a mirrored wall, a wallpapered wall and plenty of closet space with built-in drawers. Unfortunately, the master bedroom and bath have been remodeled. The glass block, blue countertops and oak cabinets must go.
Downstairs has a bedroom, family room, bathroom and project/storage room. The sloping site allows ample natural light and direct connections to the backyard. The family room is essentially a duplication of the upstairs living room, though, at some point the owners replaced the full-height wall of glass with half glass. However, they did use wood siding on the other half of the wall to match the rest of the room, so while it's not all bad, having full glass would be nice. The built-in features of this room are awesome. It is set up as a lounge/guest bed configuration, all of which are original and have rarely been used. In the lounging state, the two beds slide into the wall and have burnt orange fabric back rests. The beds slide out and configure into either two beds or one. I would love to see a someone try and pull that off in newer homes.
PROS: The original red shag carpeting and red tile. There are great views, inside and outside, and plenty of natural light and rich materials. The house has some awesome inherent qualities, and although some of the integrity was lost with the remodels, they can be easily removed and should be.
CONS: The glass block, painted siding, beige carpet, wood-panel infill, kitchen, utility room, master bedroomall of which the next owners will have fun redoing (please).