Home Improvement and Home Improvement Libertyville: We’re in for another renovation
Libertyville, Ohio, is the home of the famed Libertyville home renovation company, which was founded in 1902 by Frank C. Walsworth and was known for making some of the world’s most expensive home renovations.
Waltham, Mass., resident and owner of the Walthamp Mansion, Mark Walthams, purchased the Libertyville property in the 1950s.
WALTHAM: My father and grandfather were pioneers in home renovation, and that was a huge part of what they wanted to do.
And it’s what they did.
When we bought the house in the 1930s, I had no idea what they were doing there.
So, when they bought it in the 1940s, we just went with it.
And I loved it.
But then, in the mid-1960s, they decided to sell it, and so we went back to the drawing board.
We looked around at all the places they had been remodeling.
And we said, “What if we were to do the same thing?
What if we did a house renovation and put a new coat of paint on it?
What happens if someone has asthma and they have asthma and it needs a fresh coat of spray paint?
What about someone with diabetes who has diabetes and wants to make sure they get the right treatment?”
So, we decided to do a home renovation.
And the first step was to find a coat of primer that was actually safe for a coat-of-parish paint.
And so we decided, “Okay, we’re going to do this, and we’re not going to be able to put it on the house.”
We decided to go with an oil paint.
So we went to the local paint shop and bought a bottle of Tamiya, and then we sprayed the coat- of-parishes and we used the primer.
And then we were able to have it on and have it work.
But it wasn’t safe to do any more work.
We had some people get sick.
And our family got sick.
So it was not until the 1970s, that we were finally able to do something that actually worked.
WATHAM: And then in 1981, they were able get a loan from the state to do some renovations, and they started making home improvements.
Now, when we’re talking about the Liberty Mansion, it was the home that my father and his father had lived in since they were young children.
And they were very happy with the house.
And there was a lot of work that was going on in the home.
But we did have a little bit of a challenge that we had to overcome, because they weren’t remodeling the house or the exterior of the house and that meant the water pump was still in the basement.
But they had the water line and the water main working, and it had the house up and running.
WALTHAM: So what did we do?
We did a lot, actually, in terms of work.
WALTERS: We were able, in 1982, to make a major remodel to the kitchen.
The kitchen was originally built with a brick oven, which had a very heavy wood grain that was brittle.
And in that kitchen we replaced that with a solid wood, which is much stronger.
And this made it a little easier to work on.
And that allowed us to get a little more out of the interior of the kitchen, which also had a little extra work done.
We put in some stainless steel sinks and a few other pieces that we wanted to make it look more like a kitchen, because it was so heavily wooded and had a big grain.
WALS: We also wanted to give it a modern look, and in the kitchen we put in an oil lamp, which gives it a much more modern look.
And also, in our living room, we added some furniture, and this was something that we really wanted to change in the dining room.
So in that dining room, they did a major renovation, to create a nice, modern dining room that was kind of a modern kitchen, but also the kitchen was a modern dining area.
And when we had a new owner, he had this idea that he wanted to remodel the entire house.
He wanted to get rid of the hardwood floors, and he wanted a little new kitchen.
And he wanted us to go ahead and do the renovation of the entire home.
And one day he showed up with a book, which he brought with him to the house, and said, I want you to do all the work on this house.
I want to have a real home renovation in my backyard.
And you went and you did the work.
And my dad loved it, because he said, we went out and we rebuilt the whole house.
So he said to me, “We just got a little too busy to have any more remodeling.”
WALS (to Walthum): Well,