Matt has an appreciation for historic structures that extends well past office hours. Acting as contractor, architect, and providing much of the manual labor, he turned this 1891 school building into a home. Key upgrades include new aluminum high-insulation windows and a state-of-the-art HVAC system. Exterior work involved new roofing for the main schoolhouse building and a lot of masonry patching.
The interior renovations included furring out the masonry walls, installing insulation and drywall, and repairing masonry issues. Original oak floors were sanded and refinished. The 14' ceiling height adds a loftiness and grandness to the former schoolhouse. A new kitchen was created from recycled materials, including the island's granite countertop, salvaged from a downtown Indianapolis building that was recently reclad. Whenever possible, Matt furnished the home with vintage appliances and furnishings that enhance the home's historic appeal.