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The Byfield: Before & After

The Byfield - Troy, Ohio

The Byfield - Troy, Ohio

Last fall we celebrated a family member’s 50th birthday in great style… and in this beautiful Troy, Ohio home.  Since the party was a surprise, we arrived early and were treated by our host, Tom Szafranski, to special tour.  Tom spent three years meticulously restoring the house and no detail was left to chance.  Each room has it’s own charm and story so as a departure from our usual botanically inspired posts, we thought you might enjoy hearing about Tom’s adventure in his own words…

The Byfield - Under Construction

The Byfield - Under Construction

“In the late 1920’s, local Troy business man Bond Houser, along with his architect J. Douglas Lorenz, designed his “country residence” which he named “The Byfield.”  My father moved my family to Troy in the late 1970’s and I would pass The Byfield on my bike going to the nearby Troy Country Club where I worked as a busboy.  I never went down the driveway but often wondered “Who lives back there?”  Now, thirty years later, I can provide the answer to that question: I do!”

The Byfield - Today

The Byfield - Today

Having spent nine years in the South developing a great interest in history and architecture, Tom knew restoring  a house like The Byfield would be a dream come true and when the opportunity arose three years ago to buy the house out of foreclosure, he was the first to bid.  “Of course, it was a classic money pit scenario between what I knew needed to be done, what I later discovered needed to be done, and my own “slight” compulsion for getting everything else the way I wanted it!”  Tom was gracious enough to send us wonderful before and after pictures and we hope you enjoy this little tour of The Byfield!

Dining Room - Before

Dining Room - Before

Dining Room - After

Dining Room - After

Not only did Tom become a master upholsterer (the dining room and hall walls are done in beautiful fabric), he also enjoyed doing all of the tiling in the kitchen and bathrooms, trying to maintain an “old style” feel with basket weave floors, subway tiles and hand painted back splash tiles.  Even wine corks got a special treatment when glued in a pattern over a walnut chopping block!

Bathrooms with "Old Style" Tile

Bathrooms with "Old Style" Tile

Kitchen - Before

Kitchen - Before

Kitchen - After

Kitchen - After

With the inside of the house completed, Tom is turning his attention to the gardens which were seriously neglected and overrun with weeds.  With the help of his father who tackles the grass on his riding mower and his mother who still waters the flowers in the window boxes religiously, we can’t wait to see what beauty will blossom from Tom’s capable hands this spring.

The Garden - Before

The Garden - Before

The Garden - After

The Garden - After

Thank you, Tom, for sharing your enchanting home with us – how wonderful that you were able to save it for many generations to come!

From the Housers...

Before - The Housers

to The Szafranskis

After - The Szafranskis

P.S.  Tom also sent a very thorough description of the restoration process so if you are interested in his story, please email us!

Photos via Tom Szafranski

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9 Comments

  • Reply quintessence February 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    What a fantastic renovation. I think I need to send my husband for lessons from Tom. I think my favorite is the garden!!

  • Reply The Zhush February 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Lovely home and story…really great choices on the bathroom tiles (and style), not to mention that amazing garden!

  • Reply Stitchfork February 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Tom Szafranski did a brilliant job bringing this beauty back to its glory!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply designchic February 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    What a gorgeous home…I’m obsessed with the garden!!

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources February 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

    What an amazing renovation! xx

  • Reply hip hip gin gin February 16, 2011 at 10:01 am

    What a gorgeous transformation!! The kitchen especially is stunning, I love that blue tile!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I love seeing beautiful places restored to their original beauty. And, that garden!!!! Oh, I so want mine to look like that someday!

    Love the family photos, too!
    xoxo

  • Reply Kelly Dunn February 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Good Golly Miss Molly! I love seeing life being sustained and an added breath of fresh air 🙂 This place went through a wind tunnel and came out perfectly coiffed on the other side! Nice looking family too (so not surprised)! XO

  • Reply pve February 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Wow! Love a copy of the story. That would some home to illustrate!
    It is like a love story. What a show place indeed and I wonder who rides by now and admires this lovely place….some boy or girl?
    Thanks for sharing.
    pve

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