This Craftsman-Style Cutie in Regent Square Got a Modern Makeover
The three-bedroom home is just steps from the neighborhood’s charming business district.
What happens when a union carpenter and a real estate agent get engaged? In the case of Jason Bennett and Cheyenne Moffett, they decided to renovate a house together.
“We wanted to get a place to fix up and remodel,” Bennett says
When they viewed 1309 S. Braddock Ave. in Edgewood — near the heart of Regent Square — they knew they’d hit the jackpot.
“When we came to this open house, we thought it would be a great project. It has a nice touch,” Bennett says.
He and Moffett gave the three-bedroom, 1½-bathroom, Craftsman-style home a modern, black-and-white makeover that’s simple, striking and right on trend.
Their collaboration is now listed for $269,900 (MLS#1581434, Michael Gallis, Berkshire Hathaway, The Preferred Realty, thepreferredrealty.com). It is open by appointment.
The home is located on Regent Square’s busy main street, just steps from the business district’s restaurants, art galleries and retail stores. It’s also only a few blocks from Frick Park, on a Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus line and close to the entrance of the Parkway East.
The flat, simple-to-maintain lot leads to an inviting front porch. The couple also painted the orange bricks white and changed the brown siding to blue with black accents. The smart color scheme, along with a new shadow-shingle roof in gray, completely transformed the home.
Bennett says one of the many projects the couple tackled inside was smoothing the home’s popcorn ceilings and textured walls.
“We spent many hours doing skim coats and working through the night,” he says.
The living room features a fireplace with stones in assorted colors. Previously, the wall above the mantle was plastered.
“We changed it out and finished it with shiplap,” Bennett says.
The new façade was painted a solid black while the fireplace hearth was newly tiled in a dark greenish black; the couple also painted the walls gray with white trim. The natural hardwood floors received a coat of fresh paint, giving them a fresh, modern edge.
An arched entryway to a center staircase holds its own charm; for more flair, the couple painted the ceiling black and added a simple Edison bulb fixture.
The dining room has a spacious feel thanks to a pair of windows that became a sliding door. The bright space now opens to the welcoming, remodeled kitchen. An original corner china closet with an arched glass display door also was given a new coat of black paint.
In the kitchen, white Shaker cabinets play against a black quartzite countertop and new stainless-steel appliances. The entire back wall was tiled in white Arabesque tile and finished with black grout. A flush-mount star light fixture finishes off the space.
“Cheyenne designed everything; she picked out the tile and made all of the design choices for the entire house,” Bennett says. “It was her vision.”
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a full bathroom.
The primary bedroom features a wall of shutter-style, oak bifold doors that went from drab to fab when the couple painted the doors and the walls a solid black. More gray paint and white trim finish off the clean design statement.
Two more bedrooms in the same color scheme play nicely against the natural wood floors. The rooms range in size from 12-by-16 to 9-by-10 square feet. All of the doors and trim are original to the home.
The remodeled bathroom features a black hexagon tile floor and white, beveled subway tiles on the walls; the tub-shower combination has an extra-deep tub.
Fresh paint on the basement’s walls and floor make for a clean and neat storage and laundry space. The century-old home also has a newly installed French Drain system to help keep any dampness in check.
Now accessed through the dining room, the rear deck has a gray floor and a black ceiling. New lighting and crisp, white railings amp up the style.
Down below, the space accessed from the basement also received a graphic makeover after the couple painted the foundation black and the pillars white; they also added new concrete flooring. The small, fenced-in yard receives full sun and would make a nice garden or entertainment area.
A new HVAC system was installed right before the couple purchased the home and includes central air.
While the project was a learning process, Bennett says he and his fiancee are eager to tackle their next renovation.
“It was a lot of work and we learned a lot,” he says. “It is definitely something we plan on doing together in the future as we save up money through our jobs, then we can do more houses together.”
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About: Regent Square (rsca.online)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Public transit via Pittsburgh Regional Transit. Rideshare. A 25-minute drive to the airport.
Schools: Woodland Hills School District (whsd.net)
Neighborhood: Named the No.17 best neighborhood in the country by Niche, the neighborhood includes portions of Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Swissvale and Wilkinsburg. Funky, creative and walkable, Regent Square is a draw to residents and visitors alike thanks to its proximity to Frick Park, a lively business district and easy access to highway transportation. The diverse housing stock ranges from classic Victorians to Craftsman-style homes.