You were introduced last week to the Durham project, thats the neo-colonial getting a little update. We want to tackle the determination of where to place the TV and how to improve, repair or remove the existing built-ins on either side of the fireplace in the family room. Here’s the current space, Hmmm glad to see those lines in the carpet so that we know it was freshly vacuumed! I think this image definitely draws focus to the fact that the carpet needs to be replaced with hardwood which the homeowners plan to do. What we know we have to do- paint brick fireplace white paint built-ins (if they remain) white replace cabinet hardware on built-ins (if they remain) paint room trim white TV placement is what we’ve got to figure out and I’ve narrowed the inspirational images down. My official position on the built-ins is KEEP them. After that, I…Read More
Sarah’s passion for architectural renovation and interior design is manifested through her side job with Beaver Path Properties. She shares the process of each of those projects with you guys here on The Estate of Things! Many of the projects that she has brought to life have captured the hearts of renovation junkies online. Dig into the chronicle of each of these projects below.
Allow me to introduce you to my newest gig, the Durham project. The Durham project is a neo-colonial, two-story house constructed in the 1980s. It’s the first home for this growing family and they’ve saved and budgeted for some remodeling and updating and that’s where I come in. We’re on a tight timeline with this remodel because the aforementioned growing family is expecting a baby girl at the beginning of November and the construction is just getting underway. Some might say they are nuts to have a newborn AND a renovation. But I’ve assured them that they can handle it, it will not always be easy and it will be unpleasant at times but it’s certainly do-able. The Main Components of the Durham project remodel: Remodel Master Bathroom The master bath is a narrow space where currently you’ll find that you can sit on the toilet and lean over to the shower to…Read More
My official campaign to paint our french windows black has launched, and this is it.
I’m curious to see how the dude votes.
All in favor say YAY!Read More
Part of the move-in process includes a fresh start by repainting the entire interior. I’m talking walls, trim, windows, doors and ceilings. It’s no minor task designing our new home from scratch. Every day presents a new decision, but we’ll start first with a fresh coat! Sarah and I are having an email dialog about the perils of choosing paint colors. How lucky am I to have her expert consultation at my fingertips? It makes me anxious to hear her say she needs to know more about the vibe we are after in order to help me suss out the differences between whites! But this post is my attempt in communicating our desires. To start, there is nothing like experiencing the room throughout the day, and getting a feeling for the light as it passes from east to west. Here is a look at the vacant living room. We have already removed the drapes…Read More
My mind is often prone to wander off towards dreams and fantasies of a more unrealistic nature, which is why I presume – when we have a whole brand new house to plan for with reasonable needs like space planning and painting, I can’t stop thinking about the attic. It’s a real romantic notion. Since my childhood I’ve journaled. The voice has changed throughout the years but most times I write as if I’m communicating with an audience. That audience is often a girl that came after me, maybe I helped to make her, my child or my grandchild. This girl is sitting up in an old attic somewhere, breathing in the must of a generation gone by, flipping through the pages of all my most silly dreams and tales of the times that I lived in, interesting if only because they happened in the past. It’s dramatic and it looks like…Read More
We revealed the Bennett Kitchen renovation last week and I thought it would be nice to chat for a minute about the design process and that final layer, the one where all of the living and working comes into play. I’ve been living in an old house that needs the kind of renovation that I offer my clients regularly. I have been feeling particularly fed up with the downsides of age, so for this kitchen, I really keyed up the the crisp finishes. We ended up with a really strong modern take on a cottage kitchen with classic bones. After beefing up the architectural elements of the space (applying quintessential Craftsman millwork on the doors and window frames and heightening the cabinets with a shaker style front, we finished the backsplash, counter tops and flooring in modern slate floor tiles, crisp subway tile and a quartz counter top. This makes…Read More
The Bennett kitchen renovation is ready for its debut. There’s no two ways about it the Bennett kitchen was one sick puppy but now it’s a charming southern cottage kitchen with a splash of SoCal. Let’s take a look at that renovation, It’s really gratifying to see the plan come to life and I love it to pieces. While I didn’t need to change the footprint of the room I did need to move the appliances around to create a layout that functioned more efficiently. The refrigerator and stove changed position, we added a dishwasher and put the microwave on a shelf freeing up valuable counter space. The fridge was just sitting on a blank wall by itself. We needed to nestle that in and put that blank wall to work. This is what became of that blank wall, A custom range hood with shaker panels, a classic white subway…Read More
At some point in the house hunt, the dude and I started referring to the blue paned house, aka Silver Springs as Shaniqua. It is a reference to the street it’s on, but really it’s more about personifying the home that we couldn’t get out of mind. The name has since grown on us, and I don’t think it’s going anywhere. Even Heffe’s kids have taken to it. We got to take them over on Saturday and get a few measurements. Part of our negotiations allowed the previous homeowners a leaseback for 30 days after closing. We had to make formal arrangements to see the home, but we were thrilled to find it mostly empty. It feels more real than ever now, and we’ll be glad to finally have full access at the end of the month. Step into her little foyer, where you are immediately greeted with a set of stairs! I’d really like to…Read More
Now that the house purchase is complete, we will happily be bringing the HOUSE HUNTING series to a close. (… until Sarah decides to move again, which could happen any minute knowing her crew.) But as for us, let’s have a cheer since we are donezo! I’ve never been more grateful. The news came in last Friday that we officially closed (10 days and ten thousand headaches beyond our contract close date.) We were pulled through the mire a bit on the nuances of lending protocol, so it was hard to feel anything more than mere relief. The champagne is still chillin’ in the fridge. Thank God for our real estate agent, Joyce Gottlieb though, who I can’t recommend enough. She was super savvy and tough as nails on hard core sellers and less than stellar funding agents. God bless her! I wish I could buy 50 more houses with her. So, here we…Read More
Are we all getting bored of this house hunt yet? Lord knows I am. The last offer was void of the normal adrenaline rush. I mean, it’s always a roller coaster, and believe me — when the news came in that we had lost, again (to all cash offers, again) there was a reaction that bordered on intense… Suffice to say, we’re over it. With this home on el Hito, we wanted the house hunt to be done. With each offer – we feel less and less emotion about the actual house and more and more emotion about the damn pursuit just being over, so that we can get to the part where we are living, cooking, training a puppy, organizing a garage, and setting up our play areas. So, we didn’t get it and there was some frustration, but then we immediately bounced back and moved along, and we just keep going…Read More
We are really cooking now in the Bennett kitchen, um not literally, but we are getting really close. This is the fun part of a renovation. When the cabinets are installed I get really excited because the space and design finally starts to take shape. After the cabinets come all of the finish details like– backsplashes, shelving, appliances, hardware and light fixtures. We’ve already come along way with just the cabinets in! The rain slowed us down a little but the crew worked under the cover of the porch and framed the banquette. On Monday, one of our local stone fabricators, Blarney Stoneworks came to template the countertops and install is happening tomorrow. A lot of times in a kitchen renovation, there is a lag time that can last weeks between the template process and countertop install but Blarney came through on a tight timeline for this project. Their ability to get to our project on relatively short…Read More
The Bennett kitchen renovation is in it’s 4th week. We should check in because things are really starting to move along now. What the crew has already completed: demo removed old hazardous electrical wiring underneath house installed new plumbing pipes and water lines replaced 3 exterior spigots, all leaking electrical rough-in replaced subfloor framed pocket door & new door opening drywall, mud & sanding trim out What I’ve scheduled for this week: floor tile install tankless water heater install painting Here’s one of the most exciting parts of the plan, the stove wall- We’ve got some sconce and reclaimed floating shelf action on tap which I’m particularly excited about as are you I’m sure. I think I’ve found some old timbers in our barn that I think will work but I haven’t ran those by Joseph yet, Joseph is the lead carpenter on the crew. This is my overall plan…Read More
The door to the laundry room at the Bennett kitchen renovation is a newly installed pocket door. I’m thinking about painting it an accent color and I’m considering a bright, pacific blue like this fabric, Aqua is a big fan favorite as an accent color but I don’t think that’s right for this project. I want a more saturated, stand out color. Here’s the path that others have taken, I really like this one, This makes me want to go lime green,Read More
Everybody, meet the Mount Vernon house… Years ago when the real estate market didn’t have a monster face (remember those days?) and I had already cut my remodeling teeth on my own home, an old boarding house went up for sale. The Mount Vernon house is an imposing structure, built in the Queen Anne style at the turn of the century. It was originally a boarding house which actually served as a sanitarium called Pineshire Sanitorium. I’ve been told that the residents staying at the Pineshire would go up into the cupola where they had a clear view of the railroad station and could see when their friends and family arrived into town on the train. Its unclear how long Mount Vernon was a boarding house but I understand that it was separated in to apartments sometime in the 1930s. The Mount Vernon house changed ownership a few times in 105 years and sometime in 2004…Read More
I gave my Spring Hill client a little roundup of some different fabrics I wanted her to choose from for pillows at the banquette. In keeping with a farmhouse industrial vibe, I chose these five combinations. Let’s think about grain sacks and a modern farmhouse and when block prints and burlap collide. With those kinds of vibes rippling through our minds, which set would you pick? How about if…once you tell me your pick in the comments, I’ll tell you which one the client chose OR if you care to guess I’m cool with that too.Read More