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.

Pineshire Sanitarium Southern Pines North Carolina

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

 

Grout Cottage: Apt. A Bath

Grout AptA Day 5 HeadWe started with a shell of a bathroom. When I say shell I mean just framed walls with plywood because the previous owner had at some point demolished the entire bathroom and was in the beginning stages of putting it back in. The shell of a bathroom that we had to work with was not quite big enough so we widened it and gained a few more feet. I also added a window in the bathroom because I just don’t like bathrooms without windows–that really goes for any room, natural light is always a good thing.

Grout AptA Bath Before After

I had a little fun and tried out a vanity in a color other than white in this bath. I waffled for a while about doing a gray vanity or a camo green vanity but finally settled on blue. The vanity is Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue mixed in Pittsburgh Paint’s Breakthrough paint line.

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Apt A bath vanity after

 

Grout AptA Bath Vanity detail

I also had been itching to try a patterned tile and a Victorian age home like this was the perfect opportunity. I loved the black and white floral patterns but didn’t want to make it too feminine so I used this starburst SomerTile from Overstock. Along with the blue vanity, the tile gives this small bathroom a little interest and character.

Apt A bath tile closeupAnd to finish it off, we used a standard fiberglass shower/tub surround because its a rental property but if this was a private residence we would certainly go with tiled shower surround.

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Grout Cottage: Apt. A Living Room & Bedroom

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Grout Cottage Apartment A Living Room

Apartment A is the downstairs apartment of the historic Grout Cottage. It is a two bedroom apartment with an eat-in kitchen, one bathroom and a laundry/mudroom combination. In addition to the interior transformation, we also added a deck on the back of the house for the residents of Apartment A to hang out on and enjoy.

In the beginning, Apartment A had a pretty odd layout. The apartment had two entrances from the front porch, one that entered the bedroom and the other that entered into a living room. Originally, if you wanted to go to the kitchen and you were hanging out in the living room you had to walk through a bedroom to get there. Obviously one of the first orders of business was to re-work the layout of the apartment.

This is the future living room originally functioning as a bedroom with a small existing closet, a free-standing closet that was added, an odd little storage space behind those two little doors up high and a lovely drop ceiling. Most of the house was filled with dirty, worn wainscoting.

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Turning to the right we see this,

 

Grout LR Before

 

Continuing to turn around the room 180 degrees we see the front door,

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Here we are after all of the demolition is done. The closets are gone and we’re down to the studs now but haven’t taken the original beadboard ceilings down yet.

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That old vent pipe needs to go,

 

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We eliminated those closets, walled over doors and tore everything apart except for the floor and then after several months our finished living room emerges,

Our new front door is a custom door made of solid alder with obscured glass and I love the additional light it allowed in to the room,

Apt A Living Room Entry Compare

We kept things relatively simple with window treatments, hardware and light fixtures because this is a rental property. Although they can be pretty much void of any style, it’s good to have a ceiling fan in the humid and hot summer in NC. If this were a renovation to sell or my own house I would definitely choose different fixtures and finishes.

 

Apt A Living Room to Kitchen Entry

 

 

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The original 119-year old heart pine floors were salvaged. We made the necessary repairs with some reclaimed heart pine and then had them refinished and topped with a clear polyurethane.I decided to use the usual wider trim and baseboard with the crown molding on top but this time opted not to install the blocks at the bottom of each door frame. I see the simpler approach to trim in new or renovated farmhouses.

Apt A Living Rm Trim Detail copy

 

And that’s our living room in Apartment A.

Let’s move on in to Bedroom One in Apartment A. Bedroom One is the largest of the two bedrooms with a ton of windows letting in a bunch of great light.

When we began Bedroom One was functioning as the living room. It had a drop ceiling like the rest of the house, ugly light fixtures (always come with the deal), no closet and three doors.

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Tons of great windows which we intended to keep,

Apt A Bedroom 1 Before (2)

We removed three chimneys from this house and one of those chimneys was in this bedroom. The carpentry crew removed the chimneys all while someone was still renting the apartment above. Although it is absolutely possible to renovate half of a duplex and remove three chimneys while someone lives in the other half, if I were doing it all again I would’ve asked the upstairs tenant to vacate at the start.

Apt A Bedroom 1 Progress

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We got that chimney out, closed in the extra front entrance and started over with everything else and this is how Bedroom One turned out,

Apt A Bedroom 1 windows After

We borrowed our closet space for this room in part from the closet cavity in what used to be the living room and from the the 2nd bedroom.

Apt A Bedroom 1 closet After

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Apt A Bedroom 1 door after

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Grout Cottage: Exterior Reveal

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Grout AptA Day 1 HeadThe Grout Cottage was built in 1895 for the Grout Family, who actually utilized it as their guest house. C.B. Grout and family used the early resort cottage for their guests in the early part of the 20th century. The house was converted to apartments some time in the 1930s.

The earliest photograph that the Moore County Historical Association has of the Grout Cottage looks like its from the 1960s, so we can’t see it in the early 1900s to determine what parts were original and what was patched over time but we have a pretty good idea that those clipped gables, sunburst motif and paneled cornices are original.

We bought this “fixer upper” in the fall of 2012 and before Christmas of 2012 we had started demolition. When we bought the Grout Cottage it was a duplex with two apartments, with an old dilapidated carriage house in the rear, an overgrown yard and two tenants living upstairs. Today, it is still a duplex but everything else changed.

The total renovation took a little more than nine months. The finished product is a unique rental space with modern interior amenities and an exterior that stays true to the Queen Anne architectural style without some of the fuss. We think it folds comfortably in to the landscape of the small quaint town it stands in.

The Grout Cottage now stands between a bunch of new narrow houses that resemble free-standing row houses. Some members of my family were a little concerned that the Grout Cottage would look out of place even though it was the native in the neighborhood. I wasn’t concerned, if you stand there for 119 years, neglected and most recently existing in the middle of a construction zone you deserve some time to shine and I think that’s what happened.

A lot of time, careful choices and consideration went in to every detail of this renovation. I’ll let the images tell the story.

Grout Exterior Before & After

Working in the spring on straightening those clipped gables out, before we got scaffolding,

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Grout right front porch

 

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Grout front entry

Straightened out those dog-eared gables,

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Grout front gable after

 

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Grout top right gable

 

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Crusty brackets and railing before,

Grout exterior front porch columns before

 

Grout exterior columns & brackets after

 

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So tell me was it worth the wait?

Sources: Light fixtures, porch brackets, porch railing, front door, house numbers

 

 

 

 

Grout Cottage: End of June Progress

To reviewthe Grout Cottage is a Queen Anne built in 1895. It is a duplex that we began remodeling in December 2012. Here’s the introduction post to the house.

It’s high time we check in with the Grout Cottage project, there have been some Instagram snippets here and there but let’s talk about a few details. On a good day the Grout Cottage still looks a little like a haunted house but that’s because the exterior transformation hasn’t really happened yet. Earlier this week a young couple drove by and stopped to look at the house. I chatted with them and they said they liked to stop by periodically to see the change happen. They asked me if we were going to paint the exterior and of course I said yes…what color do you think? I said maybe blue/grey, they agreed that would be a good one.

After that I joked with my Dad about the question of painting the outside. He said, no we’re not gonna paint, haven’t you seen the magazines, post-apocalypse is all the rage. We had a good banter back & forth.

Jokes aside let’s check it out,

The gable ends were changed to A-frame

Grout front June

For funsies I used a site called Colorjive to paint the house a blue/grey–not that I don’t think blue/grey is an entirely safe color but I’d like to get a visual. This is not the exact color it will be but it is a Benjamin Moore color but I can’t remember what it was now.

Grout blue

Then we put a new metal roof on. The front porch will have to be rebuilt before it can get the new metal roof.

Grout new roof

We rebuilt the upstairs porch entirely and raised the roof and the door to make enough room for a standard size entry door for the apartment. Also notice the gable end was changed to an A-frame on the back and you can see the other one on the right side of the house. There were four in all that had to be converted.

grout upstairs porch

The light hits this house beautifully in the mornings that’s why I take so many pictures of the side and the blue sky. That rectangular window was added in the bathroom to provide natural light, there was no window there previously. The old and too small kitchen window is covered in black weatherproofing temporarily and the new kitchen window is right next to it. Notice the gas line running right in front of that window, that will be relocated. Those attic vents with the curved trim are darling, there is one on each side and they will stay exactly as they are.

grout kitchen window

Look now because pretty soon the new outside stairwell will be built and this shabby arbor will be gone and the patchwork stairs will be gone too. I will be #trulyrelieved when I don’t have to look at the crappy staircase any more.

Grout stairs

Electrical lines and an HVAC line running up the right side of the house. We’ll build a box around these to parcel them together neatly

grout side conduit

I spend a lot of time thinking about how I want to change some of the Queen Anne trim but stay consistent with the period. A lot of these trim pieces are rotten or have been re-created. I’m not wild about the “nipple” hanging off that bay. I’ve also thought about panels here around the window in this bay instead of just continuing the siding.

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The sawtooth trim is pretty cool around the front of the house but some of it has deteriorated over time. There are a lot of important pending design decisions left for the front of the house.

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This is the newly sheet rocked Apartment B (upstairs). It’s exciting when walls go up and rooms form. We are looking at the living area in this photo. Originally we had exposed collar ties or “beams” but they were removed at the beginning of this week. We felt like the span wasn’t large enough and that the beams were detracting from the cathedral look.

grout sheetrock apartment B

So that’s a snapshot of wassup right now at the project. Currently I’m thinking about a built-in in the bathroom with glass doors,  a corner shelf at the entry and a whole boat-load of trim ideas for the front porch.

Grout Cottage: Checking in Upstairs

To reviewthe Grout Cottage is a Queen Anne built in 1895. It is a duplex that we began remodeling in December 2012. Here’s the introduction post to the house.

While Apartment A (downstairs) of the Grout Cottage is getting the finishing touches, Apartment B (upstairs) is getting new frame work and a new layout.

It doesn’t look like much now but this is the current state of Apartment B after demo is complete and re-framing is well underway,

grout cathedralThis is what the living area looks like now,

Grout Living Room BThe future site of the bathroom and kitchen,

Grout Kitchen B

And those bedrooms now have real closets with average size doors.

Grout closet frame BSo we’re getting there, you have to get through the important structural stuff to get to the fun stuff.

Grout Cottage: Apartment B

To reviewthe Grout Cottage is a Queen Anne built in 1895. It is a duplex that we began remodeling in December 2012. Here’s the introduction post to the house.

Good Friday Morning and welcome to Apartment B. It’s the upstairs apartment at the Grout Cottage.

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Let’s hope the stairs can get us safely to the front door.

grout b stairs

We started tearing the place out this week. I got to it with my camera after the crew had already removed the mounds of personal belongings left behind by the previous tenant.

grout b door

The whole place is clad in beadboard, walls and ceilings. There are angles everywhere.

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Charming kitchen with open shelving

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that little shelf below is mounted on a chase that used to house one of the chimneys, you may remember that we have already removed all three chimneys. We had to remove the chimneys that ran from the downstairs all the way up while someone was still living upstairs. Joseph (lead carpenter extraordinaire) was just pleased as punch when they had to remove those chimneys inside a box all while containing the soot. He loves hates me.

grout b chimney

The living room is a good size and cozy but not in a bad way. It needs to be opened to the kitchen and I’m planning on making that happen.

grout b living room

That 1970s firebox is gone now.

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Largest bedroom in the front of the apartment. This was a first for me–the window on the right is actually a pocket window. An antique drive thru window, it actually slides open in to a cavity in the wall. There is one in each bedroom.

grout b bedroom

Closets will be expanded and doors will become standard height

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The tear out had already started in the 2nd bedroom, look at those angles.

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close up of our sliding window

grout b sliding window

I really saved the best for last–the bathroom. I did not substitute part of the set from the new Evil Dead movie, this is the real bathroom. I tried to turn the light on but it didn’t work.

grout b bath

 

grout b bath2

The new and improved layout of this apartment will be more of a challenge than the downstairs. We’ll have to be creative but first we meet with the plumber to find out what can be moved if anything.

Grout Cottage: Meet & Greet

I’d like to introduce you to my newest project—the Grout Cottage.

She’s hurtin’ and the people in the neighborhood are delighted that we plan to rescue the house and so am I.

For a proper introduction– here are some basic stats,

  • Built in 1895 (the oldest property we’ve renovated to date)
  • Two story, Queen Anne
  • Duplex; two apartments both two bedroom, one bath
  • Has some original stained glass windows
  • German wood lap siding
  • metal roof
  • has small dilapidated carriage house in rear w/ dirt floor

Queen Anne architecture will incorporate bay windows to avoid smooth surfaces, one of the unique features in this house is the single cutaway bay window on the right corner with bracket detailing.

Moving around to the rear, this is lovely isn’t it. I’m looking forward to improving that upstairs porch. If you’re thinking it looks structurally unsound…you’d be correct.

the old carriage house,

up close,

We’ll begin in the first floor apartment because the upstairs is currently occupied,

Current living room,

 

 

Kitchen– the previous owner started some renovation when the apartment was vacant,

they terminated the chimney in the kitchen and framed in what looks to be a pantry,

 

Hall, nice little stained glass window to let some light in

 

The bathroom had already been gutted and re-framed. There’s no window in here and they actually left a cavity on the right side which creates an opportunity to expand and widen the room.

Bedroom 1,

 

Bedroom 2,

 

Are you excited for demolition to begin on Monday?

May Bath Renovation

I’ve been working on a bathroom renovation for a couple of weeks now.

My camera battery went dead before I got to the bathroom so I had to resort to the Iphone. Here’s the bathroom before it got the demo treatment,

Nice 80’s shiny brass fixtures and linoleum floor, the conduit running across the baseboard is pretty hot too.

May bath sink before

May bath tub 3 before

How about that random box next to the tub, what does it do?

May bath tub before

Answer is- nothing really and it was on casters–gone to the dumpster.

I think there is a milimeter of clearance between the door and the edge of the vanity. Love the six panel doors in this house.

May bath door to hallway before

May bath tub 2 before

Here’s the plan,

  • shift the toilet over towards the window to allow for a larger vanity
  • new tile floor
  • wainscotting yes, tile or beadboard?
  • custom tiled shower
  • new drop in tub
  • built ins added to use dead space on slanted wall
  • new electrical
  • new plumbing
  • added insulation
  • new windows, can we eliminate shower window?
  • sliding barn door?

Some of the inspiration I’m working with (see the whole pinboard on Pinterest),

beadboard bath Coastal Living

sliding door bath closure

bath flower tile Coastal Living

tile baseboard bath

It is soooo tempting to do a custom grey vanity,

amy morris bath BM graphite vanity

grey bath cabinet vanity Brook Gianetti

Dear TEOT: Renovation Referrals

Completed Indiana Project

We’ve received some questions about the people that worked on the Indiana Project. I do all of the design work and make all of the decisions but when it comes down to making it happen these are the people who work the magic.

If you live in the area (North Carolina) and think you might need some help with your renovation project or need to make a repair give any of these folks a call, they all subscribe to the “no job is too small philosophy” and they may be willing to travel, just ask.

General Carpentry
Locklear Brothers Home Improvement
Joseph Locklear 910-536-4552

Allred Electric
Chuck Allred 910-281-3026

Doug Smith Plumbing
Doug 910-992-6025

HVAC
4 Seasons Heating & Air
General # 910-235-0606

TR&L Coatings– paint
Tim Hunt 910-474-6863

Harbinger Wood Floors– floor refinishing, installation and repair
Tom Denza 910-603-1602

Quality Cabinet Company
Bradie Locklear Jr. 910-827-1264

C&K Tile
Chris Chisholm 910-992-6099

Indiana Project: Interior Reveal

Its been over a month since the last of the subcontractors completed their work at the renovation of the Indiana house. Its high time we shared the final product.

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Betsy showed you the front of the house yesterday.

Indiana House BEFORE The Estate of Things Sarah Farrell

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Now here is the back of the house-

Before there was a dilapidated screened porch, overgrown shrubs and a strange roof structure built over the entrance in to the cellar. We called it the dog house.

 

Indiana House Backyard BEFORE

After

Indiana House Exterior back deck The Estate of Things Sarah Farrell.jpg

Now for the interior-

Living Room-

The living room was a good sized room that needed some TLC and an adjustment to those built-ins around the fireplace. We took down the curvy trim and the upper portion of the built-ins and had the lower cabinets fitted with double glass doors to accommodate other electronics like DVD players. We knew the perfect and only spot for a television was over the fireplace. Our electrician punched in the right kind of cables, we ripped up that old carpet and refinished the floors and things were really looking up.

Living Rm

After

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Dining Room-

The dining room was a non-descript room with two windows and a swinging door in to the kitchen. We opened the kitchen up and replaced those windows with a set of french doors that lead out on to our new deck.

dining room

After

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Half Bath-

A half bath didn’t even exist. There was only one full bath on the first level which served as the master bath. We created a half bath out of a little borrowed space from the kitchen and a coat closet in the hallway. It was the perfect spot to squeeze in a powder room.

Before

hall closet

After

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The Kitchen-

The kitchen was entirely re-structured due in large part to the relocation of the basement stairwell to the front of the house. The removal of the basement stairwell created an opportunity to open the kitchen to the dining room, create a pantry and shift the appliances around to create a wall of windows over the kitchen sink.

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DSC_0092custom cabinet designed to resemble a china cabinet,

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Laundry/Mudroom-

There was no laundry room before the remodel. We framed in a tiny screened porch on the back of the house off the kitchen and made it a great place for hanging coats, putting on shoes and doing laundry. The mudroom also exits out on to the new deck.

Before

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After

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Master Bedroom-

We kept all of the original windows in this room, cleaned up the walls of course but most importantly we enlarged the room by a few feet and carved out our master suite, complete with a walk through closet a la Carrie Bradshaw.

master bedroom

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A peek into the closet before it was filled with custom drawers, shelves and storage galore.

Master Bath-

The master bath was formed out of combination of a small den/office room and the existing full bath. The end result was a spacious master bath with a custom double vanity and a spa-like feel.

Before

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After

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Upstairs Hall-

The upstairs hall was a strange and very narrow, awkward place that is difficult to illustrate through words or photos. The space was being hindered by knee walls and dysfunctional attic space. So we pushed back in to the attic, raised the ceilings and created a reading and storage nook.

upstairs hallway

After

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Indian Project by Beaver Path l CONTACT sarah@theestateofthings.com

Upstairs Bath-

Like the upstairs hall, the only bathroom upstairs was being hindered by attic space and slanted ceilings.  The second full bath in the house also lacked a shower and it was carpeted! We pushed back in to the attic here too but still had to deal with slanted ceilings. The end result however was a beautiful tub and shower combination and some more space to move around in.

Before

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After

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Upstairs bedroom 1-Before

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Upstairs bedroom 2-Before

 

left bedroom

After

 

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So you know I have to hear your opinion now so lay it on me.

Indiana Project: Exterior Lighting Selected

Some of you might be wondering what the outcome of the exterior lighting deliberation was for the Indiana project.  I did make my selections and here’s what we ended up with,

Rutherford sconce Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware’s Rutherford sconces for the back of the house. I know, it wasn’t on the list.

And for the front, the Sea Gull fixtures (#13).  Right now I’m having second thoughts about the Sea Gull, its a little small.  I’m considering ordering the Rutherford for the front too.

Also purchased was #3, the swan neck will be mounted over the back door. Its a pretty big fixture in the box, the electrician will hold it up in place tomorrow so we can see if it will work.

Indiana outdoor lighting

Indiana Project: Front Door Color

With all of the exterior painting done with the exception of deck stain and touch up, we turned to selecting an accent color for the front door.

After considering blue/grays, white, greens and gray (boring!) we gravitated towards red, deep coral or a gold.

My Mom suggested the gold, both she and my Dad really like Benjamin Moore’s Goldfield. I like Spanish Red.

paint sample goldfield Paint sample Spanish red

My goal here is to find a color that is both fun and sophisticated. I want to totally distance myself from the dreaded “whimsical”.

Samples are up,

the estate of things chooses indiana project front door photo

And your vote is?

Indiana Project: Master Bath

In the beginning the master bath was an extra room off the downstairs hallway that was being used as a den.

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We knew instantly that this space was wasted as a den and we needed it to become part of the master suite.

This was the master bath in mid-April,

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To create this room, the door in the hall was eliminated, today the shower is now where the door used to be. You no longer enter this room from the hallway. It is now accessed by way of the master closet. Both original windows were removed.

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Indiana master bath new layout

I was inspired by a number of custom bath vanities I saw in designer’s portfolios scattered across the internet.

bath vanity Molly Frey

Molly Frey

Urban Grace bath vanity

Urban Grace Interiors

Leverone design bath vanity

Leverone Design

Blue & white cottage bath

Source unknown

remodel boy's bath

Remodeling magazine

chunky open vanity Traditional Home

Traditional Home

I didn’t want to buy an off the shelf vanity and I needed a double that fit snug in to a custom space in front of the window. So I decided to have a custom vanity fabricated. I needed a drawing to give to someone so I talked with my brother in law Patrick. Patrick is currently in school for mechanical engineering and he knows AutoCAD. Perfect! Patrick was just the man for the job and he created this plan for me.

Indiana master vanity

Thanks Pat! If you need someone to create a drawing or a plan for you, we’ll be glad to pass along his email.

Here is the plan that Quality Cabinet Company made before beginning fabrication,

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This is the vanity in place in the bathroom. The towel bars have not been installed yet.

Master bath custom vanity

This is the plan for the finish materials,

Master Bath

The walls will be painted Benjamin Moore’s Healing Aloe. A great soft blue/green that will give the room a spa like feel.

paint swatch healing aloe

Indiana Project: Exterior paint color #3

Folks, I’m happy to report that I will not be painting the Indiana house a fourth time. The house is now Sherwin Williams Outerspace with Toque White trim.

3rd exterior paint job

new trim

We finally stuck the landing. And no the dental molding will not remain blue, it was just a little trial and error.

A neighbor drove by after the paint color had been changed for the 3rd and final time. She looked at the painter standing in the front yard and threw her arms up in the air as if to say “what next!” Maybe the paint fiasco drew more attention to the house and could prove to be beneficial in the long run. Lets hope so.

Now its on to porch stain, foundation color and front door color selection.