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Renovation

The Southern Pines North Carolina Home Renovation scene is a booming one. Having seen steady population growth of over 18% since 2010, many newcomers and life-long residents alike look to the stunning architectural integrity of the early century homes built near the railroad tracks of the town’s center. This interest paves the way for successful renovation projects like The Indiana House, the Grout Cottage, Mt. Vernon House and more, all managed and designed by Sarah Farrell of The Estate of Things.

Sarah’s passion for architectural renovation and interior design has manifested through her work with Beaver Path Properties. She has shared the process of each of those projects with you guys here.

The projects that Sarah has brought to life here on The Estate of Things have captured the hearts of renovation junkies online. Sift through the chronicle of these projects below.

A Historic Renovation Introduction: The Mount Vernon House

Mt Vernon House

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.

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An old postcard depiction of the Pineshire Sanitarium

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 the property was gifted to a local church who later made it available for purchase. The purchase of the property included the house with six occupied apartments, a dilapidated carriage house and a separate one bedroom cottage.

Interestingly enough, each tenant that occupied the Mount Vernon house at the time of our purchase all held varying occupations.

Apartment 1- Sculptor
Apartment 2- Teacher
Apartment 3- Chef
Apartment 4- Soldier
Apartment 5- Musician
Apartment 6- Actress

This is significant because the apartment numbers were confusing and the layout was such a maze that we couldn’t remember them when we would discuss the project, so we labeled the apartments by the tenant’s profession. These labels remained even after the tenants all moved out and we still use them today. The Mt. Vernon House remains the flagship of Beaver Path Properties, since it was our first complete gut and restoration project and our most ambitious one. Have a look at the before/after photos below.

Mount Vernon Renovation Before

Mt Vernon House

 

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Spring Hill: Choosing Banquette Pillows

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?

Pillow Talk Accent and Anchor Pillows by The Estate of Things

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.

 

 

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Spring Hill: Working Plan

This is the plan I’ve worked up for the Spring Hill kitchen project. Its a general conception of the classic white kitchen with a farmhouse and industrial influence.

Spring Hill kitchen plan

 

We’re using some classic elements that you probably see a lot and that’s because they work and they look great for a long time. Some of the elements that make for a timeless kitchen are:

  • white shaker style kitchen cabinets
  • hardwood flooring in kitchen
  • white subway tile backsplashes
  • bin pulls
  • subtle wall color

Something that’s missing from this design concept that also stands the test of time is marble countertops. We love marble but we’ll save that expense in this project.

 

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Bennett Kitchen: Sconces

Every time I start a remodel project I do an initial walk through with Chuck the electrician before rough-in. He always says (use southern accent) “have you got sum fixtures you wanna design the house around”. Lighting is so absolutely important and easy to get wrong, whether you choose a fixture that’s the wrong scale for the room or you don’t have enough.

The plan at the Bennett kitchen calls for sconces on either side of our custom range hood. It’s time to start thinking about the right pair of fixtures. Here’s the roundup,

 

Bennett Kitchen Sconces

1 Hudson Valley heirloom old bronze  2 Schoolhouse Electric Princeton junior factory shade  3 Schoolhouse Electric Princeton freshman  4 Cedar & Moss Tilt Cone  5 Rejuvenation Carson L-Arm  6 Shades of Light vintage traditions  7 Barn Light Electric Garden City  8 Schoolhouse Electric Princeton junior

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White Appliances on a Comeback?

Speaking of a comeback, have you watched or are already a dedicated viewer of The Comeback on HBO? We recently watched 2 or 3 episodes and it was almost entirely too painful and awkward to watch. But Val is a train wreck and you have to return to see if she ever gets a break.

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I’m working on two kitchen remodels right now, the Spring Hill kitchen and the Bennett kitchen.

We are keeping our gaze firmly locked on a budget for both projects but more so for the Bennett kitchen. Because we’re keeping a budget-minded approach here, a more economical choice would be to re-use the existing gas range because it isn’t that old and is still in good working order. The existing range is white, as are the other existing appliances.

We will need:

  • a new fridge
  • add a dishwasher

We will be re-using existing:

  • microwave
  • range

For the most part everyone is using stainless appliances these days. The choices are actually a lot greater now in stainless than they are in white. So as a compromise, I briefly considered the possibility of mixing white and stainless.

green cabinets

We don’t know what color the fridge is here from this image but I’d wager a bet that it is a stainless steel Sub-Zero or Jenn Air to go with the white dishwasher and black range,

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We’ve got a black microwave, vintage white range and a stainless steel dishwasher going on here,

vintage stove checkerboard

 

This is my favorite example and one of my new favorite cottage kitchens right now. It’s a cute southern cottage kitchen designed by Milk and Honey Home. The stainless gas range looks fairly comfortable sitting next to the white dishwasher.

mix appliances

 

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You probably already noticed like I did that a lot of the mixing takes place with a vintage or very expensive range in place. And we don’t have either of those in the Bennett kitchen.

So…we move forward in matching our existing white appliances. Let’s look at a few inspirational images with white appliances,

white appliances

 

GE artistry appliances

 

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White fridge happening,

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white appliance range

 

 

white appliance swedish home

 

So besides the normal white appliances we’re all used to, what else is out there? Let’s start with a reasonable price point.

The GE Artistry line is reasonably priced and has this cool retro styling with a white exterior and stainless accents.

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The fridge is a little deep though so I’m considering using only the dishwasher from the Artistry line and pairing that up with a white fridge.

Whirlpool also offers sleek, white appliances in their White Ice collection. I can’t say that I like them as well as the GE Artistry line.

whirlpool white ice

I’m leaning more toward a slimmer, economical white fridge like this one,

white whirlpool

 

But what if you had a much larger budget? Well…then the white appliances get a lot prettier,

white viking

 

white heritage range

 

white wolf range

 

 

 

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Bennett Kitchen: Introduction

Not too long ago you were introduced to the Spring Hill kitchen, well I’m also working on another kitchen remodel project called the Bennett kitchen.

The Bennett kitchen needs a lot of help! It’s a small kitchen with wooden cabinets from the 1950s or possibly earlier, a linoleum floor with a parquet pattern that has long passed it’s prime and a refrigerator that just hangs out by itself on the middle of that long wall and thats just the start–this kitchen has got issues.

The Bennett kitchen definitely has a college dude look happening.

The counter/bar will be eliminated to open it up and provide more space for the banquette.

bennett before

See the fridge just chillin’ on that wall by itself, hanging off the wall a big clunking 33″. Also that superficial board on the wall that covers a wall joint is unnecessary. There are trim details around this kitchen that will be changed to have consistency in the space.

bennett before2

 

Bennett kitchen before cab

We’re going to build in a banquette where the table is and bid adieu to the Bud sign as you probably could’ve guessed. We’ll keep that West Elm pendant (they no longer carry it).

 

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This kitchen is gonna get the works including open shelving, ceiling height custom cabinets, a new fridge, paint, countertops, flooring, lighting, accessories and a banquette.

To summarize, 100% Fun.

 

 

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