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Reuse in the Rear: Part two of our series on small-scale living explores a historic garage that gets a renovation for all ages.

Hendricks Design Group
February 2011

By David Sokol

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Photo courtesy Kren Teren
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Although Jane Hardy and Rod Kochtitzky had not owned a house prior to buying a 1920 bungalow in Nashville’s historic conservation overlay district in 1992, they knew they would never have to make another purchase. “We could picture ourselves loving this home for the rest of our lives, and investing in renovations to make it fit our needs over the years,” Hardy says. The investments started almost immediately. The couple converted the attic to bed and bath spaces. In addition, Kochtitzky and Hardy hired architectural designer Will Hendricks to stabilize a long-abandoned garage and servants’ quarters that, despite extensive water damage, had potential as an in-law apartment.

In bracing the so-called Little House, Hendricks also restored the exterior to better reflect the garage’s historic design. In 1995 the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Historic Commission commended the redo for preserving regional architectural heritage.  Eleven years later Kochtitzky and Hardy revisited the Little House project, to tackle the 750-square-foot interior…


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