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Bennett progress April

Bennett Kitchen: Weekly Progress

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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…

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Blue House Revolution

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What happens when you zero in on a great exterior color combination and end up with a great transformation like the Indiana house renovation?   You ignite a blue house revolution in your small NC town of Southern Pines and blue houses start popping up everywhere. #belikemike #darkbluehouse             And for a couple of bonus points, John & Sherry painted their show house dark blue too.  

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Bennett Kitchen: Plan & Progress

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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…

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Pretty Pantry Doors

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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,      

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A Historic Renovation Introduction: The Mount Vernon House

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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…

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Spring Hill: Working Plan

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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.   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

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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,   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?

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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. 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…

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Bennett Kitchen: Introduction

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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. 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…

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Sconces in the Kitchen

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If possible the best approach is to have different levels of lighting in a room to gain a good balance. Different levels of lighting can include recessed ceiling or can lights, sconces, decorative ceiling lights and table and floor lamps. Using varied levels of lighting can reduce the hard and direct light that recessed lighting can sometimes create when they are used on their own. Also consider it a standing recommendation here at TEOT to always install dimmers on everything in every room. So we’ve already talked about lamps in the kitchen which we decided was undoubtedly a good thing. Now let’s talk about something that I want to make happen sooner rather than later which is installing sconces in a kitchen. Sconces lined up in a row mounted on window molding or above a bank of windows is very appealing to me,   So are sconces mounted on either side of the range hood,…

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Spring Hill Kitchen: Inspiration

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

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Grout Cottage: Interior Paint Colors

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I stayed relatively neutral with all of my choices because it’s not my living space– it was made to be attractive to all sorts of prospective tenants. I got to try out some new grays, Classic Gray and Moonshine. I especially loved Moonshine. Simply White is my new go to trim color and Woodlawn Blue was great for the bath in Apartment B. If you’re looking for a “greige” I’d test Classic Gray. If you’re curious about which colors went where, they will all be labeled on the posts about the individual rooms.

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Grout Cottage: Apt B Bath & Bedrooms

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This is the bathroom in Apartment B before the demo and expansion. It leaves umm…much to be desired. This was in use and although a sight for sore eyes it was operational. The biggest changes to this bathroom were 1) the addition of a window and the gain of natural light and 2) the creation and installation of a custom storage cabinet with glass doors to fill an awkward nook.     The wall color in this bath is Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, I’m 99% certain that this color would perform well any where. The best place to install our towel bar was here, One of the best parts about this bathroom renovation was the addition of a custom cabinet to fill this nook next to the shower. We put a vintage styled latch on the glass doors not long after this photo was taken. The bedrooms were a relatively easy…

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Grout Cottage: Apartment B

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This was the only entrance to the upstairs dwelling, Apartment B. Scary exterior stairwell on the side of the house, There was already an existing porch up there but the stairwell was literally sitting next to the porch, it wobbled when you stepped on to the landing and then if you made it up the stairs of death you were met with a small porch that could’ve fallen through on any given day. The entire porch and the stairs were completely torn off and rebuilt. When looking at any of the before images of Apartment B, keep in mind someone was living here not long before the demolition began. It was fun to re-configure the living area, kitchen and bath in this space. We had the bath in a couple of different spots initially but ultimately kept it in the same place but enlarged it. After the Indiana project was posted, some…

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Grout Cottage: Apt. A Hall & 2nd Bedroom

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When we began this project, the hallway in this apartment was a dark corridor with some wood paneled closets and some dirty and old beadboard wainscoting. The hallway is worth mentioning and taking a gander at because it’s no longer a hallway straight out of a horror movie. Peeling back some of the layers in the old hallway,   Again we salvaged the little stained glass window that was existing to add some character in our revamped hall. But we enlarged the window and had it made to match with the dimensions of the stained glass window to make it appear as though it was all one window but in fact it’s two separate pieces trimmed together to look like one. We also salvaged all of the old doors but in order to make a custom door for our linen closet, the carpenter cut down one of the old paneled…

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