Reds retreat renovation

Contractor - Tom Bolt , Tim Witherby

Written by: Karen Bradner

A charming, sprawling house perched atop a gently rolling hill in Mt. Lookout was a welcome sight for sore eyes when a couple, transplanted to Cincinnati from Denver, was searching for the right home in a neighborhood that fit their family of three. Everything felt good about the place, that is, until they took a look in the backyard and saw a dilapidated outbuilding that looked like it was suffering from years of neglect. Apparently, the structure had been a deal breaker for previous potential buyers, but this particular family decided to go ahead and take the plunge. “Our plan was to tear it down,” says Gina Rambo-Navarrete who moved into the house with her husband Ken and son Alex in April of 2011. “It needed a lot of work. The cabinets were rotten and the whole place smelled.” But when neighbors heard about the plan to raze the building, Gina says, “They thought we were crazy.” 

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