The Rehab Chronicles – 2800 Lake Avenue

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Introducing 2800 Lake Avenue, a vacant and boarded corner store. This property has been abandoned for many years. St. Ambrose plans to restore this property into an updated modern home that respects the architectural character of its former use. The new home will feature 3 bedrooms, 1½ baths, 1st floor laundry facility, large Kitchen, living & dining room, private driveway & patio, and a newly constructed front porch.

2800 Lake Avenue is currently undergoing select interior demolition to prepare for the renovation. More to come!!

To view more on the Rehab Chronicles click here.  To view more on the progress of 2800 Lake Ave click here

The Rehab Chronicles – 2203 Guilford Ave

Stucco is now being applied over the rear brick surface. Stucco requires wire mesh, which is fastened to the base of the brick wall using masonry fasteners. This helps the stucco adhere to the brick. In addition, all of the rough in electrical, plumbing, and HVAC are inspected and approved. Insulation is installed and awaiting inspection; once approved, drywall installation begins.



The Rehab Chronicles – 2203 Guilford Ave

2203 Guilford Ave is coming along great! Demolition is complete and new joists and new sub floors were installed where needed. The walls and interior partitions are framed and are awaiting rough in electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Once framing has been done, we can start to see the new floor plans take shape. The roof has been completed and the exterior masonry front in currently being stripped of old paint. The bricks will be cleaned and re-pointed.



First Floor

1st Flr

Second Floor

2nd Flr

Third Floor

3rd Flr

Home Matters™ Launch Is Today!

Today, in Washington, DC, National NeighborWorks® Association joined (NNA) with a coast-to-coast coalition to launch a unique national movement called Home Matters. Home Matters™ aims to build public support for the essential role that Home plays as the bedrock for thriving lives, families, and a stronger nation. As it expands, Home Matters™ will go beyond housing and illuminate the connections between stable housing and other important facets of American life such as:

  • Individual Success: Home recharges adults and children alike for the day ahead.
  • Education: Children in stable homes learn and achieve more in school.
  • Health: Healthy habits take root more easily in stable affordable homes.
  • Public Safety: Stable homes make communities safer.
  • A Strong Economy: By having a Home that is affordable, people of all income levels have more to spend and support the economy.

Participating in the two-day launch, today and tomorrow, are leaders of more than 150 local and regional housing and community development organizations from across the nation – many of them NNA members – as well as national entities including NNA, Citi Community Development and Wells Fargo. Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will join us this evening, and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will speak with the coalition tomorrow. Please visit the Home Matters™ website (, share your insights, tell your colleagues and friends about the movement, and connect to it through Facebook and Twitter. It’s time for the crucial roles that Home plays to be more broadly understood.

The Rehab Chronicles – 2203 Guilford Avenue

St. Ambrose has chosen Cobalt Architects, Ltd. to provide unique and creative design solutions for this modern renovation project.  As a result of 2203 Guilford being restored into a single family home from a 3 unit apartment building, there is more space to create functional and innovative living areas. Cobalt has provided us with floor plans and notes for 2203 Guilford.


  • The additional space is being utilized by creating a master suite that occupies the entire second floor, and accompanied by the bonus family room (or whatever the buyer chooses the room to be).
  • The third floor includes 2 large bedrooms and a uniquely designed double-task bathroom.
  • In addition, the corridor-style kitchen design optimizes kitchen workflow and functionality, while providing space for a kitchen table.


Floor Plans: Click on the floor plan below to enlarge and view notes


Floor Plan

All Contractor Bids are due by January 15th 2013

“The Rehab Chronicles”

Quite often you see a beautifully renovated home by St. Ambrose, but you rarely see the hard work it takes to make a beautiful and healthy home. St. Ambrose is proud to introduce the Rehab Chronicles. The housing development team at St. Ambrose has decided to take you on a rehab journey, so that you may see how we are very much involved in the rehabilitation of our homes. We plan to post pictures and video throughout the renovation process.

The first home of the Rehab Chronicles is 2203 Guilford Avenue. This property was comprised of 3 apartment units. St. Ambrose has plans to restore this property into a single family home. The new home will feature 3 bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite, 2 ½ baths, and a family room on the 2nd floor. In addition, when you buy a St. Ambrose home, you purchase:

  • A home where major systems have been tested for efficiency and repaired or replaced as determined by our qualified professionals;
  • A full appliance package to eliminate the expense of having to purchase new appliances when moving in;
  • Home warranties from the general contractor;
  • American Home Shield to protect the new homeowner in the event something happens after the purchase;
  • And the reassurance that the seller is someone you know and trust!

2203 Guilford Avenue is currently undergoing select interior demolition to prepare for the renovation. More to come!!