PRESS COVERAGE: Historic Jefferson Street building bought, undergoing extensive renovations

Residential and commercial construction firm Ramage Company has purchased a 165-year-old building at 900 E. Jefferson St. and is planning to overhaul the interior, the company announced.

The three-story building, which formerly housed the F. J. Kremer & Sons Co. Candy & Confectionery, will become Ramage’s headquarters. It’s currently based out of Norton Commons, where it has built homes.

The company will spend $750,000 to restore the building, as well as access state and federal historic preservation tax credits for the project. Republic Bank & Trust is helping to finance the project, Ramage told IL.

The company plans to modernize the building with utilities and climate control systems, a new first-floor storefront and a courtyard, but keep the original wood floors, windows and wood finishes.

Ramage will occupy the third floor. NAI Fortis Group will rent out the first and second floors, each 1,812 square feet, as office and retail space for Ramage. —Caitlin Bowling

 

 

Ramage Company Repurposing a 165-Year-Old Building in NuLu District

New Ramage Company Headquarters - 900 East Jefferson Street in NuLu District

New Ramage Company Headquarters - 900 East Jefferson Street in NuLu District

RAMAGE COMPANY REPURPOSING 165-YEAR-OLD BUILDING IN NULU DISTRICT

Retail & Office Space Available

LOUISVILLE, KY - March 16, 2017 – Ramage Company, a leading residential and commercial construction firm serving Louisville Metro and its surrounding areas, has purchased the 900 East Jefferson Street building in NuLu, formerly F. J. Kremer & Sons Co. Candy & Confectionary. Built circa 1850, the three-story building is located on the southeast corner of East Jefferson and Campbell Streets.

The historic building is currently undergoing a major renovation with expected completion this summer. The building’s first and second floors (1,812 square feet each) will be available for separate or combined retail or office space. Ramage Company will occupy the third floor, encompassing 1,254 square feet, for their headquarters.  

Ramage Company is modernizing the building with new utilities and climate control systems while preserving the majority of its original wood floors, windows and finish carpentry details. A new first floor storefront, courtyard and exterior lighting system will engage the Jefferson Street sidewalk. The architectural design is by WorK A+D.

NAI Fortis Group is representing Ramage Company as the leasing agent. Contact Michael Hall at 502-583-4040 for leasing information. 

About Ramage Company                                                                                                                       

Ramage Company is a Kentucky based residential and commercial construction firm serving Louisville Metro and its surrounding areas. Our construction and renovation services deliver a buyer focused experience during design, production and closing. Our timeless architecture and lasting design safeguard your investment and provide a finished product your family will enjoy for years to come. Ramage Company has been the Official Builder of the Norton Children’s Hospital Raffle Home since 2013. For more information, visit www.ramagecompany.com

 

2016 Norton Children's Hospital Raffle Home

We are proud to partner for the fourth year with Norton Children's Hospital to design and build this year's Raffle Home, the Mulberry.  Our Mulberry design provides a striking interpretation of Arts & Crafts architecture utilizing a harmonious combination of brick, siding and woodwork. The welcoming formal entry flanked by the living room, ushers seamlessly into the open kitchen and dining room area. A covered porch off the dining room provides every day accessibility to the covered side porch and formal garden area. The first floor owner’s suite includes a luxurious bathroom and walk-in closet. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a flexible loft space and full bathroom. Wainscoting, exposed beams, paneled ceilings and built-in cabinetry provide the finishing touches to this delightful design. View the entire home - www.ramagecompany.com/mulberry

 

PRESS COVERAGE: Insider Louisville

Louisville Norton Commons' Homearama gets a Green Update

Louisvillians eager for a show-stopping summer home event need look no further than Norton Commons' North Village, one of the two site of this year's highly anticipated Homearama.  From July 16-31, 2016, attendees can explore an eclectic mix of 26 gorgeous custom homes from local builders and designers. 

In addition to modern living spaces with major wow factor, this year's collection boats something else: every Norton Commons home in 2016's Homearama is geothermal.  GeoExchange pumps utilize the constant temperature of the earth as an exchange medium, concentrating naturally occurring heat to provide a clean and renewable energy source...

Norton Commons' Homearama houses are truly unique, and not just for their environmentally friendly elements.  Builders utilize the latest trends and technology in their floorpans, while interior designer, decorators, and landscapers work together to create elegant and inviting livable spaces both indoors and out. 

The exquisite house on lot N231 engages the corner streetscape with its Italianate architecture.  Builder David Ramage, President and Founder of the Ramage Company, describes his favorite features: "There's a bowed balcony overlooking the corner of the lot ... [and] a second balcony at the front of the house offers sweeping views of Emerald Park."  The kitchen, which he calls a "foodie's dream," features "fully integrated and paneled professional-grade appliances, a huge walk-in pantry and marble-slab counters and backsplashes."  A first-floor study with large bay window and direct access to a full bathroom offers the possibility of conversation into an additional bedroom suite, providing greater versatility for occupants.  With an open, accommodating floorpan, Ramage explains that the home allows for "all the amenities of modern design," with interior details that are "luxurious but in a refreshingly approachable way."

Ramage is especially delighted by the way Homearama attracts "design enthusiasts with a penchant for architecture and interior finishes," noting that many "find inspiration in our homes for their own projects."  Also important to Ramage is that "much of the talent we use to design and build has deep Louisville roots."  He continues, "This starts with my team, most of whom live in the Highlands or Germantown, and includes one of largest contributors, Leslie Cotter [of Leslie Cotter Interiors], who did the interior design work."  Ramage also partnered with other local trade service providers for completion of the house; among them Trademark Universal Stone, who was responsible for the home's marble countertops.  Trademark's founder, Henry Berroa, is also a Norton Commons resident.

...As David Ramage notes, "Norton Commons has done a wonderful job blending mixed-use development, attention to architecture and a thriving park system into its walkable master plan.  In this way," says Ramage, "Norton Commons reminds me of Louisville's older neighborhoods, like the Highlands, that have stood the test of time." 

 

 

 

DIY Outdoor Benches

Here’s another simple DIY project for a simple outdoor bench.  We used 4” x 8” cedar beams that were remaining from a raised garden bed project.  Here are the instructions: 

Material needed:  cedar beams, 1/2” lag screws @ 2” long (you’ll need 16 per bench) and 3” x  6.6” x 1/4" corner braces

1.  We decided to make our benches 42” long and 16” high.  Accordingly, we cut one piece of cedar @ 42” (for the seat) and two pieces of cedar @12” (for the legs).

 


2.  Inset the legs 4” from the outside of the beam.  Mark it with a pencil and set the legs upright on the seat.


3.  Place the brace on the cedar beam and mark your pilot holes for the lag screws.

4.  Drill the pilot holes - we used a 1/4” drill bit.

5.  Using a socket, attach the brace to the cedar using a ratchet or wrench.  

 


6.  Stand them upright and you have a sturdy, lightweight and mobile bench for use around a fire pit, garden or any outdoor application.

Note:  the size of the corner braces and lag screws are far more than you will need structurally for this bench.  We liked the aesthetic of the heavy design so we selected the larger braces and screws.

 
 
 

Do-It-Yourself Shelves

 
 

Here’s a cool project you can do yourself. We created a set of shelves out of threaded 1/2” lead pipe, flanges, casters and 2x12 lumber.

We followed these steps:

(1) we had our local hardware store cut and thread the lead pipe

(2) we spray painted the lead pipe, flanges & casters

(3) we cut the lumber to the appropriate length, in this case 42”

(4) we scuffed up the lumber and stained it

(5) we assembled everything in place because the unit is very heavy.

Because of the weight we suggest securing the shelves to the wall. The result is a sturdy set of shelves with an authentic appeal.

Good luck!

Push-Pin Bulletin Board

Here’s another cool do-it-yourself project. We created a bulletin board (for push pins) large enough to cover a wall in a studio. We used 4x8 rolls of cork, fabric and luan board for extra support. Here’s how we did it:

(1) Order the cork. We used Manton Cork and are very pleased with their product;

(2) Purchase the luan material which you can get at larger hardware stores;

(3) Select a fabric to cover the cork, we orderer fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores;

(4) Glue the cork to the luan; we provided extra support for the flimsy luan with 1x4s;

(5) Wrap the cork with the fabric, stapling the fabric to the 1x4s;

(6) Hang on the wall.

You can customize your size and even glue the cork directly to the wall. We opted to use luan to prevent damage to the wall if the cork is ever removed.