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DEC 2018

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OCALA, FL — Built in 1888, this Ocala, FL Queen Anne Revival-style home has seen sever- al transformations since it was originally built as a residence for one of the city's first mayors. Through them all, the home retained its histor- ical significance and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jan Grosse, owner of Ocala Kitchen and Bath, Inc. maintained the three-story home's impressive heritage during its most recent renovation, completed with project contribu- tions by the firm's crew, including Milt Grosse, co-owner of the business, and Brent Johnson. The project was done in collaboration with Sobieski Construction. Together they trans- formed the original structure from an antique store/coffee shop into her client's insurance office, while the back porch addition and at- tached carport and garage area was turned into her and her husband's personal residence that includes the kitchen, powder room and master suite with a walk-in closet. While her clients appreciate the home's storied past, they also enjoy the easy access it provides to the city's thriving downtown given its location, less than a block off the square. "They are very involved in the community and they wanted to live close to our historic down- town," she says, adding that her empty-nester clients were ready to downsize. MELDING DESIGN STYLES During the renovation, Grosse retained the home's original Victorian charm for the interior of the business area. Bedrooms were turned into individual offices that, although predomi- nately Victorian, highlight a bit of each agent's personality. Bathrooms were all reconfigured for accessibility and even an elevator was added, complete with a door that is indicative of the time period. And, because of the home's placement on the National Registry, its exterior maintains a centuries-old appearance with its striking wrap-around porch and elegant Queen Anne woodwork. However, Grosse's clients wanted to change up the design style for their residence by giving it a vintage industrial vibe. "We used all of the characteristics of the de- sign style, such as dark colors, concrete, metal, brick, wood and filament bulbs to give it that flavor of an old factory," she says. While both design styles are reminiscent of bygone eras, finding a balance between Victorian and industrial proved challenging. "One of my major concerns was creating the kitchen and blending it with the living area, with- out the kitchen looking like it didn't belong, or Designer Showcases Home's Heritage BY KIM BERNDTSON Designer Jan Grosse of Ocala Kitchen and Bath, Inc. melds two design styles to create a vintage industrial masterpiece that honors the historic home's Victorian roots. HAND-FORGED METAL SHELVING Takes center stage and offers open storage for everyday items BLACK CABINETRY Bridges Victorian and industrial design styles RECLAIMED BRICK Emphasizes the 'factory' look Photos: Alan Youngblood Photography 32 Kitchen & Bath Design News • December 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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