Inside Black Dog Salvage's Stone House

Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 11:02 PM EST
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It's one of Roanoke's more well-known names -- Black Dog Salvage -- and the brand is growing.

We got a peek inside their newest project -- the Stone House. And they're doing it all in true "Black Dog style."

"One of the project's we're doing is the coffee bar, we're calling it, and it's going to be right against this wall," says Mike Whiteside.

The Stone House, nestled on the corner of the Black Dog Salvage site, sat unoccupied for about 17 years. But always up for a transformation -- the Black Dog team has gutted the building, and they now prepare it for a new purpose -- but with recycled materials.

"It's always been something that has sparked interest, and we have taken care of the outside so now we are taking care of the inside," said Whiteside.

The house was built by Italian immigrant and stone mason Michael Grosso around 1911, and from the very beginning it was created out of salvaged materials. You'll see some of the same stonework in his earlier projects.

"He used leftover materials. In fact this particular house, the leftovers came from what we think is a post office that he helped build in the 1890s in downtown Roanoke. It fits in nicely with what we do here at Black dog, saving, reimagining, using things that that had been passed off in new projects," said Robert Kulp. "It's kind of peculiar, eccentric, and that's the way we like it."

They're saving parts of the house, refurbishing others with the ultimate goal of creating an event space and vacation rental -- an extension for the Black Dog brand.