Heritage, Restored

How One Oklahoma City Couple Transformed a Beautiful Old Home into an Even More Beautiful New Beginning

When Philip and Heather Busey purchased their Heritage Hills home in 2017, they were looking to recapture the kind of city life they experienced while living in Washington, D.C. Rather than moving back to a larger city where they could enjoy local restaurants, bookstores and entertainment within walking distance of their perfect family home, they decided to create that lifestyle in Oklahoma.

That family home, historically registered as "The Winans House," is located at 300 NW 17th St., and was built in 1907. The Buseys bought the home from the Johnston family, members of which had owned it for 92 years. Before moving in, extensive renovations began that would increase the home's original 3,700 square feet to around 4,400 square feet. They enhanced the structure itself with updated electrical, HVAC and plumbing and moved the utilities below ground. Bruce Bockus and Alan Krone of Bockus Payne Associate Architects handled the renovation plans, which included work on all three floors of the home.   

On the first floor, the kitchen remodel included an expansion and a design update. On the second floor, a new utility room accompanied a considerable extension of the master bath. A new staircase was added, along with landing access to the third floor, which was fully finished out in the process.

While they made many improvements to the home's structure and aesthetics, it was essential to the Buseys to retain the historic feel. 

"Original doors and hardware were also restored and reused, so every detail that maintains the grand elegance and historic feel could be retained. " –Philip Busey

They rewired light fixtures and historically matched and extended the crown molding throughout the home. Personal touches to the interior included replacing the tile on the fireplace with a solid piece of marble. Philip says it was essential to use top-of-the-line materials to ensure the home enjoys at least another 100 years. Philip credits Heather's impeccable taste for the overall splendor of the finished interior. 

Additional renovations underway on the exterior of the home include the deck and the veranda on the back of the house. Once again overseen by Bockus Payne Associates, special care is being taken to ensure that the changes meet the city's historic preservation guidelines. Enhancements to the landscaping are also part of the overall plan. Recent retainage and extensive landscaping along the property line at Harvey Avenue were added to prevent erosion and ensure pedestrians enjoy the sidewalk. 

For Philip and Heather, the restoration of this home means more than merely preserving a part of history. This labor of love is the beginning of the next chapter in their family's lives. The couple met while in school at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma. They married in 2005 and now have two children, Griffin, 5, and Beau, 1. While they fondly recall date nights of the past, walking to dinner and then stopping by a local bookstore on the way home, those dates have changed. These days, with Beau in a stroller and Griffin on a scooter as they head off to dinner at Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, they know that living in a bigger city isn't necessary. They are home. 

1. Kitchen Expansion and Remodel
The first-floor renovations included a beautiful update to the kitchen.

2. Original Details
Original hardware and fixtures have been restored to maintain the home's historic feel.

3. Historic Significance
"The Winans House" as it is known, was the first home built in the Winans Addition as a demonstration property for potential buyers in the neighborhood.

4. Second-Floor Expansion
Extensive remodel work was done on the second floor, including the addition of a new utility room and an expansion of the master bathroom.

5. Third-Floor Completion
A new staircase and landing lead to the now fully finished third floor.

6. Complete Restoration
The entire interior structure has been updated with new electrical, plumbing, HVAC and reinforcements to ensure the continued longevity of the home. 

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