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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.

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,

checkerboard floor

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.

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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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Spring Hill: Farmhouse Industrial Dining Nook

The Spring Hill kitchen is really more than just a kitchen. The scope of the project will eventually cover the living area and the dining nook that is part of the kitchen.

The client is looking for a melding of the farmhouse/industrial look while keeping cottage in our rear view.

Here’s what I’m building on for the dining nook space,

 

 

Kristin banquette

La Phillipe reclaimed table / Crate & Barrel Marlow chair / Crate & Barrel Elston chair / Ballard Designs industrial pendant/ Restoration Hardware barrel shade pendants / Vintage grain sack fabric / Vintage Hmong hemp stripe pillow/ Tilton Fenwick Paboreal fabricJohn Robshaw Prasana pillow

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Spring Hill Kitchen: Inspiration

I’m starting a new project; the Spring Hill Kitchen project. I’ll be helping the client with remodeling and adding some character to a little house that’s only about ten years old.

Important things to know about the client –

  • likes to stay organized and tidy
  • not afraid of DIY projects, taking on parts of the project to cut costs
  • enjoys cooking & baking (a good kitchen is kind of important)
  • likes the farmhouse/industrial style

The lady of the house is ready to kiss her honey oak cabinets, black appliances and popcorn ceiling goodbye. Also-there’s no love lost over the laminate countertops and electric range. Builder grade kitchen be gone.

It’s time to press the classic white kitchen in to service (when is it not time?) with max storage, a banquette and some cottage style spernkled on top.

Let’s see what we’re working with,

Kristan kitchen before

 

This is just the start of things that we’d like to change,

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After having a conversation with the client about the key changes and shaping the wish list for the space, we narrowed it down to these;

  • removal of linoleum & carpet in select areas of the house, replace with hardwood
  • smooth ceilings
  • level out raised bar @ sink
  • new paint
  • mount/wire TV in wall in living area
  • new kitchen
  • switch to gas range

 

In addition to the changes above, I’d suggest the following;

  • adding a banquette
  • adding additional lighting in kitchen for multiple levels of light
  • replacing solid panel door with more glass to allow more natural light in
  • purchase new stainless steel appliances
  • add free-standing or built-in bookcase in living area
  • plank ceiling limited only to kitchen/living area

 

Here are the inspirational images that we’ll be working from that we agree on,

Planked ceiling, stacked cabinets, metal stools, banquette w/rectangular table–these are all things we’re focusing on in this image,

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Yes to soapstone or a good substitute, glass cabinets on either side of range,

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If we don’t want to just dot our ceiling with 4″ recessed can lights we can always get a little more creative and put a sconce on either side of the range over some open shelving. I also like the narrow cabinets with two small drawers on the bottom, close at hand storing the spices you need. I also like how they made a tight turn with open shelving.

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There are a lot of budget-friendly things happening here, IKEA faucet (with no sprayer), Home Depot subway tile that I’ve used many times, RH hardware, relatively inexpensive stainless steel appliances–all of this yields a really nice looking kitchen. I also like how the reclaimed wood shelving breaks up the white party for a minute, so far the client doesn’t like the reclaimed shelves.

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I think everyone involved likes the industrial metal pendants and the square, shaker-style range hood. I also always think cabinet brackets are a beautiful detail but the client could skip those.

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We’re looking at a chalkboard element here which will incorporate somewhere in the space. We’re also liking the traditional cabinets on either side of the stainless range hood.

kristan inspire3

 

The road map is beginning to come together for the project. The next step is to begin designing and creating a cabinet layout for the kitchen.

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