Maumee, Ohio -- Steve Roth purchased a dilapidated and foreclosed Civil War era home in Hillsdale, Michigan in 2011, feeling that, as a professional contractor, he could see the potential of returning the home to its former glory.
He was aided here by using innovative urethane architectural products.
"We gutted 90 percent of this two-story home and rebuilt it using the original massive stone basement and solid oak structural framing to start fresh," said Roth, in a statement. "Our vision was to create an inviting cabin-style home with a big front porch that could be rented out to students at nearby Hillsdale College. We turned that dream into reality within just one year."
What helped Roth to create a log-cabin feel on the home's exterior was stainable woodgrain urethane pieces from the Fypon Stone and Timber collection. Roth selected these for their durability, low maintenance appeal and style --- all important considerations for the rehab that will now be used as a rental property.
"The original stone pillars on the porch had the beginning style of a lodge retreat home, but had ugly 4x4 lumber as support posts," said Roth. "I used post wrap kit pieces from Fypon in a woodgrain finish to surround those posts."
He added textured flat trim to accent the new Therma-Tru entry door and deep pine green exterior frames of the Simonton windows. A half-log tongue-and-groove pine siding gave the log cabin feel, along with urethane five-board panel shutters to cover the porch ceiling.
Roth noted: "I've never used this much wood textured product in a single application. The installation is so much easier than real cedar wood because you don't have the cup and bowing problems that are a natural defect in wood. Plus, this product is faster to cut and nail since the material is uniform."
The renovated house, which Therma-Tru and Fypon provided materials for, features eight bedrooms, three bathrooms, large living areas and the renovated front porch. New energy-efficient windows, doors, insulation, gas furnace system and HVAC all bring the home into the 21st century.