Any house is a valuable place for the memories it holds, but the home of Paige and Gerard Schlembach at 2368 Tremont Road has more memories than most.

Any house is a valuable place for the memories it holds, but the home of Paige and Gerard Schlembach at 2368 Tremont Road has more memories than most.

"It's the house that I grew up in, and so did my mother," Paige said. "My children are the fifth generation, since 1940," to live there, she said. "I have a lot of things in my house that have been a part of my family for a long time closets full of things from my grandmother, great-grandmother and great-grandfather."

Kate Erstein of the Upper Arlington Historical Society said Paige is among the three residents who have grown up in a house represented on this year's Home and Garden Tour.

According to the historical society, the Schlembach home was originally built in 1926 in Classic Revival style and Dutch Colonial, with a gambrel roof and a sunroom. In 2008, the Schlembachs completed an extensive addition that more than doubled the square footage of the home by using an empty lot next to their home that they owned. Paige said Gerard and his company, the Millennium Group, built the addition in about a year.

"It was really about making the house our own," Paige said. "There were a lot of things that weren't a part of the (original) house for instance, a family room or a great room. There was a very small kitchen. There was no central air, so we added those sorts of things (and) some outdoor patios."

Because history is so important to Paige, the renovations kept within the original character of the home. For example, they matched the limestone and wood design elements on the exterior, and matched the red oak floors on the interior. The family now likes to hang out in the great room where the television is, or in the library.

Paige Schlembach had some advice for those contemplating a similar home addition.

"When we originally discussed doing this and we knew we were going to do it, we were going to live in the house," she said. "We decided at the last minute to rent a place and not live in it, and that would be my big suggestion to people: If you can move out and not live inside of the home while doing the renovations, then do that. It made it so much easier."

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories about the homes in the 2011 Upper Arlington Historic Home and Garden Tour, presented by the UA Historical Society from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Tickets cost $12 for members; non-members pay $15. Tickets the day of the tour are $20. Tickets are available now at Huffman's Market, 2140 Tremont Center, and Arlington Bank, 4621 Reed Road. For more information, call 614-470-2610 or visit www.uaoh.net/historical and click on events.