This page is dedicated to assist those who are in the planning for or the process of renovating their properties. As a historic district, there are guidlines that must be met when renovating your home.

If there are known contractors who specialize in repairing and renovating homes such as those in our district, we will try to give you some options.

Click here to read "35 Tips for Restoring Old Houses" from Old House Journal.

We must thank our District Two Advisory Group volunteers for prepping and painting the street light poles on Ottawa Street. The materials for the project were provided by a special city fund, allocating funds for each district.

Here are the pictures and names of residents from Seminole Hills and Ottawa Hills (and non-resident friends) who took part on April 25, 2015, for the citywide "Pontiac Clean-up Day," sponsored by Grace Centers of Hope.

We must reserve special thanks to our District 2 City Councilman Don Woodward for organizing this annual event.

Our team, which cleaned up along Huron Street, received Better Pontiac is a soon-to-be nonprofit organization of our District 2 Advisory Group.

Thanks go out to the volunteers: John Cohassey, Mona Parlove, Kathalee James, Renee Voit Porath, Lori Miller, Rodney Graves, Rickey Stitt, Portia Fields, Joanne Green, Sean Kammer, Fermando Bales, Meaghan Barry, Don & Nancy Calendine, Erin Carrick, Megan Casey, Mr.and Mrs Goran Stojanovski and their kids Branislav and Vladimir. Click one of the images below to enlarge.

A before-and-after look at the removal of aluminum siding and the replacement of wooden posts and railings. Most houses aluminum-sided houses in the neighborhood still have the original wooden material underneath.  The tin men did not remove original wooden siding--they simply covered over it with aluminum.  In this case, there was wooden lap below and cedar shingle on the peaks.

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This Colonial Revival building was in foreclosure and threatened to become an eyesore for the neighborhood. Click on one of the pictures to view this slideshow to see how its new owner removed the old aluminum siding and refinished the orignal wood siding.

Two separate homes on Ottawa Drive had renovations made to the exterior of their homes. The first replaced the broken concrete sidewalk with attractively-colored stamped concrete. The second home had a major restoration made of its plasterwork. Click on either image to view slideshow.

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Most of the original wooden front steps throughout our historic neighborhood have been removed--mostly due to rot--and replaced with cement steps with metal railings. 
None, if any, of 1920s homes had railings on the front steps.  This is apparent in 1920s house plans and catalogue pictures.
Decades have past since the addition of cement steps.  Now that many of these cement replacements have fall into disrepair, many home owners are replacing them with new (treated) wood steps reflecting the design of the original steps (with railings added).

One advantage of wooden steps is the option of painting or staining them in various color combinations, thus enhancing the home's historic character.

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Hidden Treasure
Most kitchens in the neighborhood have been remodeled several times over the years.  This kitchen had been a victim of the 1970s--bright yellow countertops, yellowish linoleum stick-on floor tiles, and--believe it or not--T-111 outdoor siding on the walls.

This Seminole Hills kitchen combines 1920s design and colors with modern elements. 
"You will never know what you will find."  Underneath a layer of linoleum was this original art deco tile floor.

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Recently, the doors of this garage were made by Ron Gay, a local tradesman who is skilled in historical preservation, notably window repair and other projects dealing with wood. Click on either image to enlarge.

Recently, a landscaping crew was spotted planting trees in the right-of-way of homes on West Iroquois.

This homeowner converted a utility area into a comfortable living space and kitchenette.

Updating your kitchen is a great way to add value to your home and to take advantage of modern fixtures that are available.

Having your floor sanded professionally can be very expensive. You can save quite a bit of money by renting a floor sander and doing it yourself. Click on the images below to see how one Seminole Hills resident sanded his floor.

The yellow garage on the left is another example of replacement doors created to match the historic style of the building. On the right, shows the six-inch historic-style gutters that were installed by J.F. Modernization.  The contractor installed these on several homes in the district.  Many homes have only four-inch gutters that do not efficiently channel water due to the steep roof pitch of the older structures.. Click on either image to enlarge.

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