We Have A Whole Lot Going On!

So much has been going on, it’s hard to find time to keep the blog updated on…Miss Poston, Martha Jane, Cold Springs, and now Westridge!

Miss Poston has been a busy site lately. The rough plumbing and rough electrical have been installed.

New decking installed on the rear of the home.

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The exterior of the home has been scraped & prepped for painting.

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We are fortunate to have a great team with A&C Home Improvement to help with all of this! We had a new HVAC gas pack system and hot water heater installed.

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The ceilings have all been Sheet-rocked, taped, & mudded.

 

Miss Poston is almost ready for a buyer!!!

Cold Springs has been treated for termites. Now we are working through estimates for the termite damage repair in the crawlspace of the home. Once we have the repairs completed, we look forward to freshening up the interior with new paint and flooring.

Last, but not least, we have Westridge. This is our newest property; we closed on this home last week. Westridge is located in sought after 28208 zip code, just outside of uptown Charlotte. The first week has been full of demo (thanks again, Bristol Carting & Container), finding this unexpected surprises, & completing our scope of work for the new finishes.

 

Stay tuned for our next post …we have a great video of Westridge (if you haven’t already seen it on our Facebook)!!!

Introducing …

Cold Springs!  We told you a lot was going on over the holidays.  Right before the New Year, we went under contract & closed on this property all within 10 days. A key benefit of selling to Hewbrick Properties, is we can close within 7-10 days if needed. We were pleased to have an opportunity to purchase a property in sought after Concord, NC. Concord is a small town outside the northeast side of Charlotte, NC;  it has a ‘small town’ feel, but is the 11th largest city in the state.  It also has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live (http://www.independenttribune.com/news/concord-ranked-in-top-best-places-to-live/article_32042378-9d70-11e7-a0e9-173a161c6dc6.html).

We mean it when we say ‘we will buy your house as is’, which can also means belongings that the sellers don’t take with them. Below pictures are a prime example.

Cold Springs is a 1,032 square foot ranch with low maintenance vinyl siding & vinyl replacement windows.  It sits on a large flat lot and has great potential.  This property will most likely be a buy and hold, thus will need minimal upgrades.  She was most recently updated in 2009.  Our current plan is to paint interior, install new flooring throughout, and reglaze the ‘pepto pink’ tub to white.  Cold Springs has 2 bedrooms, a large family room, and an eat in kitchen.

We look forward to showing you the transformation of our latest property.

Good Bones!

We have a small obsession with Miss Poston.  Now that we have completed the demo, we have the opportunity to bring new life to this 1947 beauty.  She will be modernized to current trends & safety codes, while preserving the character & charm of this 40’s era home.

This week we had Eli Electric rewire the entire home to get it to code. They also installed additional fixtures/receptacles where needed.

The entire home has had new plumbing installed, as well.

A&C Home Improvement has been busy replacing rotted & damaged wood clapboards on the exterior.

And filling in where we removed the kitchen window.

Part of the ‘fun’ with restoring these old gems are the surprises you find. Behind the plaster walls, the contractor found a section of the sill plate and studs which had rotted behind the kitchen sink area. This amazing team made quick work of the repair & luckily no delay of progress.

This adorable 861 square foot bungalow packs plenty of character in a small place. We are refinishing the original 1″ solid oak flooring through out. We are preserving the solid pine bead-board paneling (picture below). The full brick wall in the family room & the cast iron wood stove will remain in the home to add to the warmth & charm of Miss Poston.

This week, we are expecting all Sheetrock to be installed. We have redesigned the kitchen and will be ordering the cabinets, countertops, & appliances for this space. We also have energy efficient vinyl replacement windows & insulated steal raised panel doors on order.

We are expecting to show you our progress in our next blog.

If a Window of Opportunity Appears . . .

The New Year has been quite good to us and full of opportunity & promise.  We have had our hands full finishing up Martha Jane, purchasing Cold Springs, making big changes at Miss. Poston, oh and we went under contract on a new property, Westridge.

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We have found great opportunity at Miss Poston!  If you recall, in December we put a new roof on our property on Poston Circle (affectionately named Miss Poston).  The New Year called for the start of interior changes.  Our first project was to completely gut the interior of the home & remove unnecessary walls, ceilings, flooring, and fixtures-Bristol Carting & Container did an amazing job with this.  We also  replaced the old attic insulation with 2 new  layers of R-19 insulation.  This will help with the efficiency of the house for it’s new owners.

Our next step was to gut the kitchen to the studs.  Bristol Carting & Container gutted the kitchen, which gave us access to the brick chimney that vented the original furnace in the home.  We not only removed the chimney and furnace, but are replacing the furnace with an energy efficient HVAC system.  Removing this chimney created an opportunity for more cabinet space in the remodeled kitchen.  We had Eli Electric remove all existing electrical wiring and replace it with new grounded copper wire throughout.

The most notable change you will see is  our ‘window of opportunity.’  A&C Home Improvement removed the second window from the kitchen and moved it into the living room.  Moving this window allows for more natural light in the southern facing side of the living room.  We still have 1 window in the kitchen and will be replacing the original wood single pane glass door with a insulated 9 light door.

Below are before/after pictures of living room.

Can you determine which window is new??

And here are pictures of the kitchen.

A lot is going on at Hewbrick Properties.  We can’t wait to show you the latest at Martha Jane and also introduce Cold Springs and Westridge.  Stay tuned!

New Additons

We have been giving Olde Savannah a lot of attention these past 3 months, and have not shared much about our new additions, Martha Jane & Miss Poston.  Both of these projects are completely different from Olde Savannah as well as each other.  Not to mention they are in 2 separate counties, neither of which are Mecklenburg.  We are so pleased with how well our rehab went at Olde Savannah that we are confident enough to rehabilitate 2 properties at once!


Let’s start with Martha Jane, appropriately named after her address Martha Jane Lane.  She is located in Rowan County.  This is our first manufactured home rehabilitation and we are learning a lot.

When we first took possession of this property, it was difficult to see all of the potential until we got her cleared out.  The previous owner left quite a bit behind . . . some treasures . . . and some trash.

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After some hard work, we were able to scale the ‘treasures’ down to this:

We were thankful for Bristol Carting & Dumpster Services!  They had their hands (dumpsters) full with Martha Jane, carting over 5 20 yard dumpsters!!

Miss Poston is our other property and she is located on Poston Circle in Gastonia, NC.

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She is a cute bungalow on a corner lot, with great potential.  Unlike Martha Jane, this house was empty when we took possession, therefore we could immediately start on the rehabilitation.

Our first step in the process was to get a new roof put on this home.  Next on the list, will be installing new windows and doors to help secure the space, as well as a new HVAC system.

We must give a special shout out to Bristol Carting & Dumpster Services!  They were able to help us at both properties.

Celebrate!!!!

The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind!  We put the final touches on Old Savannah and put the sign in the yard!

Our agent, Carrie Fairman listed this home on a Friday & we had an offer by Monday . . . she rocks!  Below is a link to the listing, so you can see the professional pictures & stats.

http://platinum.southcarolina.remax.com/realestatehomesforsale/6825-olde-savannah-road-charlotte-nc-28227-gid400015389816.html

This house and the buyers could not be a better fit; they are a young family that is eager to raise their children in Olde Savannah and make this house their home.  We are so happy that someone will love this home as much as we have, these past few months.

We have learned so much from our first rehabilitation.  We have met some great people, heard some touching stories, and made some great memories!!!

Now onto the next projects, Martha Jane & Miss Poston.  We are already knee deep in demo in these homes, but we don’t want to take away from Olde Savannah, so we will save this for our next post!

 

 

 

 

Who Wants To Cook In This Kitchen????

We have saved our favorite feature for last-the kitchen (and the adjacent family room)!!!

We took this kitchen from 1972 to 2017 and included all the bells and whistles.  Let’s go back to the beginning…

This kitchen had stained would cabinets with formica countertops.  These two features housed the stove/oven and microwave & split the kitchen/breakfast room in half.  This also limited the amount of counter space available for kitchen prep.  The walls were covered in wallpaper, which dated the space.  And last, but definitely not least, the carpet.  I have no proper way to describe this carpet, except a small loop carpet patterned to look like small tiles.  Let’s not even think about the cleaning of carpet in a kitchen!

 

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The most obvious change we made to the kitchen (despite removing the wall) was removing all of the cabinetry from the room.  We also ripped up the green carpet and replaced it with new hardwoods.  We installed solid wood cabinets (from Home Depot) & had painted white to help brighten the space.  These cabinets are beautiful with a simple Shaker style.

We installed a natural granite stone countertop (White Mist) which is more durable and style appropriate.  By adding an island, we also provided more counter space as well as entertaining space.

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Besides the flooring, cabinets, & countertops, we also replaced the original appliances with GE stainless steel.  Mounting the microwave above the stove not only provides ventilation, but also provides functional counter space.

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The last features we replaced in the kitchen were the light fixtures.   We installed can lights throughout the space & updated with simple Edison Bulb fixtures (2 pendants over the island and 1 oversized one for the breakfast area).  The doors that hid the washer and dryer were updated to new bifold doors that matched the style of the room.

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Now that you have all of the details on the kitchen, lets talk about the family space the kitchen opens up to.

Remember this vivid display of the 70’s?   The wood paneling and shag green carpet were iconic symbols of this time period. Not only did we remove the paneling and carpet, we removed the entire wall separating the kitchen from this space.  We also removed the closet and desk on the far wall to provide more space in the room and help the flow from the foyer.  You immediately notice the amount of natural light that flows into this large space! These changes left the fireplace as the focal point in the family room.  We toyed with painting the brick, but settled on removing the brass doors instead.

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The new family space is warm and welcoming and flows into the kitchen & breakfast room.  We painted the newly SheetRocked walls the same color as the rest of the home, keeping a neutral palette.  We refinished the hardwood floors (that were under the carpet) staining them the same walnut finish as the rest of the house.  Replacing the dated brass ceiling fan with brushed nickel one helped update the lighting in this room.  Removing the brass doors updated the look of the fireplace without needing to paint the brick.  And now this space flows into the kitchen for the ultimate room for entertaining.

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We can’t leave this post, without mentioning what is peaking out on the other side of the glass sliders and family room windows.  Do you see that beautiful screened porch?  What better way to entertain than to have overflow space outside?  We removed the burgandy indoor/outdoor carpet and stained the concrete floor in this space.  We love this extension of living space . . . bringing the outdoors in!

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Olde Savannah is officially on the market today!  If you know of anyone looking to move into the Mint Hill area, send them our way!  Carrie Rivera (Fairman), our ReMax agent, will be happy to answer any questions.