One Friday evening in 2012, Rachel Boshart looked at the wall in her dining room and decided it needed to come down. Now.
She and husband Matt had discussed remodeling the kitchen and removing the wall that made the cooking area feel cramped and tiny. Matt wanted to delay the demolition – at least for one day.
Rachel was undeterred. She grabbed a hammer and launched herself at the plaster.
“It was five minutes before Matt was over here telling me how I was doing it completely wrong,” recalls Rachel. “Before I knew it, he was doing the whole thing himself.”
“It was cheating!” interjects Matt, teasing. “It’s like when guys screw up the laundry really badly so they don’t have to do it anymore. I think she did that on purpose.”
Purpose certainly describes the couple’s deliberative approach to renovating their 1,400-square-foot, 116-year-old home owned since 2008 in Omaha’s Hanscom Park neighborhood. Now shared with 2-year-old Violet, the couple started painting before they moved in, systematically remodeling every room to achieve a contemporary interior with a vintage vibe.
It helps that Rachel has an artistic eye, thanks to her graphic design background. It’s also a bonus that her father, who is a mechanic, owns a salvage yard. Over the years, he has found one-of-a-kind architectural design elements that now give the Boshart home a unique aesthetic.
“He has a lot of treasures,” Rachel says about her dad. “He has been very generous in giving us things. He’s happy to see them go to a good home.”
It’s also fortunate that Matt knows his way around tools. The IT expert and proprietor of Reboot Roasting, a gourmet coffee roasting business, credits his can-do, DIY talent to growing up on a farm. “My dad taught me a lot,” he says. “And honestly, buying an old house and having Rachel do a lot of projects made me learn a lot of handyman skills. We’ve done the whole home, and the running joke is that she’s done,” he chuckles. “But that’s never the case!”