The pre-renovation stairwell shows the work involved in bringing the house back to its original splendor. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Rhonda Reed and Ken Gebhart stand in the partially renovated staircase of the historic house they purchased in 1980. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Parts of renovating a historic home resemble modern remodeling practices, such as the kitchen cabinetry being installed by Steve Frack and John Hill. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
This plaque denotes the house's historical significance. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Construction has been moving at a brisk pace for the past two years, and the homeowners expect to take residency soon. Rhonda Reed/Courtesy photo
Rhonda Reed and Ken Gebhart sit on the steps of the historic home they've owned and have been remodeling since 1980. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Rhonda Reed and husband Ken Gebhart sit on the front porch of the I Street house they bought in 1980. After years of starts and stops they are finally close to finishing the restoration of the turn of the century historical house.
Reed points out the new window trim color scheme for the outside of the house.
Workers put on a new rood in the summer of 2010. Sue Cockrell/Davis Enterprise
The Reed-Gebharts returned to Davis in 2002 and restarted the renovation process in 2005. One of the principal features of the house, a self supporting curved interior walnut staircase will be preserved. This photo was take in the summer of 2010.
Front view of the I Street house showing the historical placard. Above the construction debris bin is one of the original orange trees on the property.
The original porch beams were damaged by dry rot and replaced with smaller ones. Reed and Gebhart plan to replace those with full size replicated ones.
Workers repair and replace siding and trim on the rear of the I Street house during the summer of 2010.
Reed stands in front of one of the original tiny closets. which had barely enough space to hold a typical full wardrobe-a weekday outfit and their Sunday best. Finished off, the space will most likely be used as a bookshelf.
Interior upstairs rooms in the summer of 2010.
Two of the upstairs rooms-before and after.
Reed checks out the one remaining original window.
To keep the style of the house in the correct period, the Reed-Gebharts received help from Chris Campbell of Red House Architecture in Woodland and Elma Gardner, of By Designs in Davis.