We’ve seen it happening all over Huntsville: adaptive reuse and the revitalization of older abandoned buildings and neighborhoods. There’s just something charming about living in a place with a past.
Wilson Lumber customer Timberline Construction is the builder on one such project that is bringing new homes to Lowe Mill Village. Lowe Mill Village is one of Alabama’s most intact examples of an early-twentieth-century mill village and home to approximately 400 residences, from classic shotgun houses to bungalows and duplexes.
The new homes, built by Timberline in partnership with Nashville developer Invent Communities , have modern conveniences but the same historic charm and feel of the original neighborhood.
“What we’re trying to do is understand historic neighborhood scale and bring it into the way we live today,” said Jamie Pfeffer, founder and CEO of Invent Communities. While the style of Invent homes share the same characteristics of the historic houses built in the neighborhood’s prime, the amenities are the same as modern homes: open living plans, master suites on the first level, accents of wood, modern technology, and more.
“People want more engagement time and less windshield time,” Pfeffer said. He has found that the concept of live, play, work in one area is appealing to today’s home owners. Throw in the historical context of neighborhoods like Lowe Mill and people feel a part of something bigger than themselves, part of bringing life and energy back to a neighborhood that hasn’t had it for some time.
Historic neighborhoods also have a broad appeal, from young families to empty nesters to retirees.
Current projects are single family homes with future plans for town homes and multi-family projects in the same area.
Timberline Construction owner Daniel Hutson said he loves what Invent is doing and is honored to be part of such an amazing project that is bringing life back to the Lowe Mill community.
“The Lowe Mill area has so much to offer to the City of Huntsville,” Hutson said. “We are excited to be a part of the revitalization of this neighborhood. The craftsman charm of the homes coincides with the overall feel of the community.”
Some of the modern style choices used to create the retro look-and-feel are ThermaTru fiberglass doors – known for great curb appeal – painted bronze windows from All Temp Windows, and Nichiha fiber cement siding.
“Each home we build for Invent Communities will have different and unique exteriors which steps away from many areas in North Alabama that have the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ look,” Hutson commented. “The selections for each of the homes will return back to the retro style of the 30’s and 40’s while implementing modern design pieces to bring together a timeless but updated look.”