Asheville Project: Bath Plan II

The Asheville clients got two design plans to choose from once we narrowed our vanity style down (i.e. color, white or wood) we were ready to jam out the overall plan. The clients narrowed it to a wood vanity or a colored vanity. We’ve seen the wood vanity concept, so let’s take a look at the vanity with some color.

I’m recently a fan of Benjamin Moore’s mysterious but saturated gray color called Brewster Gray. I don’t think it’s going to be an infallible color in every space but so far so good. I painted a sad little 1980s oak vanity Brewster Gray recently and it gave that little bathroom a new lease on life.

We’re keeping with a modern farmhouse aesthetic and my argument was strong for either a full shiplap wall or just wainscoting. Shiplap will add dimension and create that utilitarian look that we love so much.

A simple vanity with just a few drawers because it’s a guest bath and an open slatted shelf for towel storage should fit the 50″ wide space nicely.

The key differences between the two plans are the floor tile, sconce choices, hardware and the introduction of the blue/gray vanity. The obvious question to you is– Plan I or Plan II?

Asheville bath plan II

Asheville Project: Bath Plan I

The Asheville Project is a guest bedroom and bathroom addition on to a newer home and the walls are about to go up.

Before we get to the sheetrock, we needed to figure out our design direction. After the clients narrowed the field of choices for vanity design to either wood or a blue/grey painted vanity, I put together two design plans for the clients to consider.

We’ve discussed the modern farmhouse vibe, we all love shiplap and we need to recognize the beautiful mountain environment outside without plastering bear paw imprints all over everything. I think we’ve achieved those things and a little more in these design mockups.

This is bath design plan I, the key difference is the rustic wood vanity.

Asheville bath plan I

Durham Project: Progress City

The homeowners at the Durham project really steamrolled through this quick update with the help of their contractor who actually listened when they said, we have to finish this in a month before our baby is born.

What happened in about 3 weeks time? Interior paint, new flooring throughout most of the downstairs, kitchen cabinets painted, quartz counters on!

The Cosmos Carrara Classic counters are in, as well as their new faucet and single bowl undermount stainless steel sink. Subway tile backsplash awaits a light gray grout.

quartz countertop

 

Newly opened up space, combining the kitchen with the family room, the hub of the house. New flooring and paint color unites the space.

Flooring & paint progress

Unfortunately, the client couldn’t put hidden hinges on the existing cabinets, so they went on a quick hunt for polished nickel hinges to match our chosen kitchen cabinet hardware.

hardware matchup

Family room looking extremely fresh with new recessed lighting, Benjamin Moore Moonshine on the walls. The fireplace is primed in this photo. The homeowner liked the washed brick look and in a clutch decision decided not to paint the fireplace brick white.

Family Room moonshine

Horizontal backsplash border, some folks opt for a vertical bullnose border on the ends of the backsplash.

vertical backsplash border

Primed fireplace brick up close.

brick fireplace close

The TV is now mounted on the fireplace and the built-ins were repaired and got fitted with new shaker style cabinet doors.

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Picking the right light gray grout for backsplash.

grout choice

From Our Phones

Surely it’s cooling off in North Carolina as Sarah and her family bundle up for Fall. This means early evening soccer practices and kicking freshly fallen leaves down the sidewalks on the walks home from the local school.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles we just got through another heat wave and Betsy and her new puppy are so grateful for their new life with an air conditioner.

Betsy’s new family puppy matches her new black windows!

Butterflies aloft

One of Sarah's rental properties gets a new life in a once drab breakfast nook

One of Sarah’s rental properties gets a new life in a once drab breakfast nook

Carolyn's Blue Room

An underwater bedroom theme, in the making

Laney got her first haircut

Laney got her first haircut

New Indigo

We are still dyin over all indigo mudcloth and shibori goodness in our shop

Sarah has this things with floors

Sarah had a thing with a floor

Sarah snagged a snap of some blue and white at Pearl River antiques fair

Pearl River Mart had some gems in classic blue and white

 

You can always follow along in real time via Instagram – our most favorite place to hang out when we aren’t here on the blog.

SARAH is @theestateofthings

BETSY is @betsymoyer

Also, we introduced a products only instagram account for the shop. Follow it here @shopteot

Durham Project: Kitchen Plan

Here’s a little work up I did just to make sure the client and I were on the same page. As it turned out we were. This is the general direction we’re sending that 1980s colonial kitchen at the Durham project,

Lighten up baby.

Durham Kitchen plan

You know why you see white subway tile and marble or a quartz that looks like marble’s second cousin everywhere? Because it’s a winning combination that looks great for a long, long time.

This is where we came from,

durham kitchen before

and here we are in progress,

Durham kitchen progress

Things are moving swiftly at the Durham project. Remember time is of the essence there because there will be a baby girl there in the first week of November. They expect appliance delivery this Friday.

Asheville Project: Vanity Decisions

In addition to the Durham Project, I’m also working on another little design project called the Asheville Project.

The Asheville friends/clients are putting an addition on to their house which will house a guest room, guest bath, walk-in closet and perhaps the most exciting part–a double pocket door entry in to the guest room framed by built-ins. I know you like the sound of that. I cannot take credit for that though, it was already in the plan when I arrived on the scene but I’m gonna help finish them out and we’re going to light those built-ins with some library sconces–oh yes.

We’ve been formulating a plan focusing primarily on the bath because plumbing & electrical rough-in are taking place and my friends/clients need to determine the general look of their single vanity.

What would you choose?

Asheville vanity color

 

Durham Project: Introduction

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:

durham master bath

 

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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 wash your hair at the same time. How do you say…ah not cool. We’ll expand the room just inches because the room is sandwiched between an exterior wall and the stairs but we’ll eliminate that whole simultaneous shower/toilet situation. Dated cabinetry goes bye bye, things get shifted and we add more glass to provide the illusion that the room is larger.

durham family room

Focus on Family (Room)

This couple isn’t shy about telling you they like their TV and I like mine too and I recognize and value the importance of a comfy, stylish, well constructed space to watch the new season of Game of Thrones in. They’ve inherited built-ins in the family room but they are a little off. They need paint, hardware and a little tweaking. We need to create a fireplace/TV/built-in dynamic that makes this a functional gathering space for the whole fam.

durham kitchen

Kitchen Update

A lot of the budget will be spent in the kitchen and it needs an update. Stainless appliances, rehabbing and painting cabinets, bringing the hardwood flooring in, new electrical, countertops and a backsplash will move us in the right direction.

durham wall

Open Up

A wall stands now separating the dining nook and the family room. If removed all of the important main spaces will benefit. You will be able to see all the goings on in the family room from the kitchen, the space will feel modernized, receive more natural light, feel more open and spacious.

durham dining nook

Banquette on Wish List

A banquette in the dining nook in the kitchen is on the wish list.  Everybody loves them and it’s a great little character add-on. Once we open up that wall between the family room and the kitchen, it’s a great opportunity to add on a banquette or window seat on to the bay window.

 

Bennett Kitchen: Weekly Progress

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!

Bennett progress April

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 order is what kept this project moving forward.

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In preparation for the counter template, I ordered this undermount sink and I usually order 90% of the sinks for renovation projects from Overstock. Generally I find some great sinks usually for a better price.

What we’ll tackle this week:

  • Install floating shelves either side of range hood
  • Install floor transitions
  • Complete trim out
  • Appliance delivery

 

Blue House Revolution

What happens when you zero in on a great exterior color combination and end up with a great transformation like the Indiana house renovation?

indiana exterior after

 

Indiana exterior paint color

You ignite a blue house revolution in your small NC town of Southern Pines and blue houses start popping up everywhere. #belikemike #darkbluehouse

 

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blue house3

 

blue house4

 

blue house2

 

blue house

And for a couple of bonus points, John & Sherry painted their show house dark blue too.

YHL show house

 

Bennett Kitchen: Plan & Progress

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

bennett kitchen progress

What I’ve scheduled for this week:

  • floor tile install
  • tankless water heater install
  • painting

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Here’s one of the most exciting parts of the plan, the stove wall-

bennett kitchen drawing

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 and mockup for the Bennett kitchen which will be subject to a little change here and there,

Bennett kitchen plan

I haven’t decided on countertop material yet as you can see. It will be one of those three pietra del cardoso, carrera quartz or honed black pearl granite. I’m waiting on quotes now.

Full disclosure- on Saturday I emailed the cabinetmaker to inquire as to whether or not it was too late to do a custom color on the lower cabinets. I was thinking about switching things up and doing a navy/gray lower cabinet.

 

Pretty Pantry Doors

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,

pocket 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,

 

pocket gray

I really like this one,

pocket blue

 

pocket yellow

 

pocket turqouise

 

pocket red

 

 

pocket blue gray

This makes me want to go lime green,

pocket lime

 

pocket aqua

 

 

pocket blue gambrel

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

 

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.

 

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

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

 

mix appliances3

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