Alumna gives historical Sanford home an award-winning renovation

Monday, November 11, 2019
Written by: Emily Hollingshead

Photo: Originally built in 1885, the Sanford home is now up-to-date while still preserving the integrity of the historical architecture. (Photo courtesy of Paradigm Interiors.)

Seminole State College of Florida interior design alumna Julie Lampe won four awards at the American Society of Interior Designers: Florida North competition including one for her work restoring and renovating a historical Sanford home. Through working with the home’s owners and the Sanford Heritage Revolving Fund, Lampe worked to design a livable space with modern amenities while preserving the historical integrity of the home that was built in 1885. 

Prior to renovation, the Sanford house had fallen into a state of disrepair with chipped paint and missing wood. 

“When you have doors and windows you have to maintain, you have to be cognizant of where cabinets can be installed and where furniture can go,” Lampe said. “If you have rotting boards you have to have new ones milled to match. There is nowhere you can go to just buy the boards.”  

Lampe began working with the fund as part of her studies at Seminole State in her Studio II course. She continued the work after the course was over and now, as owner of Paradigm Interiors, won second place in Historic Preservation at the competition. She also took home first place for her Residential Kitchen and powder room designs and another second place for a Residential Individual Space design. 

“My wildest fantasy was that I would get an honorable mention,” Lampe said. “It was pretty exciting coming right out of the gate with a project like that.”

The updated kitchen features modern appliances, wooden floors and white cabinets. (Photo courtesy of Paradigm Interiors.)

The Sanford Heritage Revolving Fund is a nonprofit working to revitalize Sanford’s neighborhoods while maintaining the architecture and culture. The fund began as a response to seeing vacant and degrading properties around the city. Through acquiring properties, the fund restores them and sells the home to a buyer who is committed to preserving the property. The proceeds from the sale are then ‘revolved’ for the fund’s next housing project.  

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