Long before Matt and Kelly Schad ever thought they would live in their New Albany loft, they visited the space they now call home for other reasons.
“It was Jimmy’s Music Center before Steve Resch bought it,” Kelly told the Courier Journal. “We’re really good friends with them, (so) we used to come here and watch Jimmy train and make music.”
Matt and Kelly’s daughter, McKenna, soon started playing music with them. In fact, Matt’s first gig was on the second floor of the building, just below what is now their apartment.
“We had always talked about (living) somewhere where we could walk and (quickly) get something to eat,” Kelly said. And as soon as the space became available, Matt began to envision the building for both home and business purposes.
“I knew we were going to move our office,” he said of Schad Law, which is now one floor below their home. He also knew he wouldn’t need all the space for the business, which led him to think of other uses for the third floor.
“The wheels started turning,” he recalls, “and we (thought), maybe there’s a way to make this space on the third floor work. Maybe there’s this synergy between working on the second floor and living on the third floor.”
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Kelly adds that combining work and home in one space has been an ongoing conversation between them over the past decade. And when the opportunity presented itself, everything went well.
Ready for renovation
The couple worked with Resch and his team throughout the renovation to create a home that met their needs. “They worked with us to (include) the details we wanted, even though they owned it,” Kelly recalls. “It was amazing.”
Matt adds that while their home has many modern features, the renovation stayed true to the character of the building as much as possible.
“They kept all the old bones, like the brick walls and the exposed beams,” he said. “You can see the building’s DNA, but (it features) a nice, fresh, clean palette.”
The master bedroom is on the main level, as is a large open concept space. “This whole area reminds me of an old hotel lobby, (with) a large space (which is) divided into smaller areas where people can sit and eat,” Matt said.
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Like a hall, it is a large room, with different parts defined with careful placement of furniture. It includes the dining room, the living room, and what they call the jam space – the part of the house that has an old-fashioned microphone, a vintage Kalamazoo amp, and lots of guitars.
Matt’s collection includes a Gibson Hummingbird, a custom Fender Stratocaster, and a Delta Blues Resonator, to name a few.
“It’s designed so that (people) can come in and have fun,” Matt explained. “We shoot videos here so people can use them to get gigs and stuff.”
The house also includes a second-floor addition with another bedroom and bathroom, as well as a rooftop space, which Kelly will use to teach yoga classes.
Kelly explains that once their deck is complete, she plans to teach donation-based yoga classes on their rooftop, with proceeds going to various organizations in the community.
“This space is not just for us,” she said. “A big part of why we moved here is because of his business and because of my business. We love this space…but the main (thing) that drew us here is that we want to be…part of the community, (and we want to) allow the community to enjoy this space as well.”
She adds that while she was a bit apprehensive about leaving the country – they previously had seven acres in the woods – the sense of community she has experienced since is everything she could have imagined.
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“I knew there would be a lot of people here (because of the local businesses), but I didn’t think there would be such a (strong) sense of community,” she said. “(And) it’s kind of exciting. If you go outside, you’ll see a lot of people walking around all the time.”
Matt adds that their home has become an organic space to sit and hang out with old and new friends.
“(We) can hang out, enjoy the sounds and walk to the river,” he said.
nuts and bolts
Owner: Steve Resh. This house is occupied by Matt and Kelly Schad. Matt is a personal injury lawyer at Schad Law and Kelly is a yoga teacher. Also at home are McKenna Robertson, 19, and Calico sisters Margo and Althea.
House: This is a 2,800 square foot loft with 2 beds, 2 and a half baths in a New Albany building built in 1872.
Distinctive elements: Completely renovated space with facade reworked to resemble the original period windows, paint stripped from the original limestone, repainted facades and new roof doors; interior renovations with new mechanicals, elevator, new spiral staircase, engineered oak hardwood floors and new clerestory windows in master bedroom to provide natural light to interior hallways; second floor loft addition with second bedroom and full bathroom.
Applause! Applause! Matt and Kelly Schad would like to give special thanks to Steve and Jacob Resch and their team for creating such a beautiful home, and Paul Kiger Group for helping to make it happen.