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.

Before & After!!

Well we are entering the completion stage of Old Savannah and she should be going on the market within the next week!  With this being the end (sniff, sniff) of our first project, it’s time to recap the transformation.

When we purchased Old Savannah, she was lacking a bit of character on the exterior.  Blue trim.  Blue shutters.  Metal front door.  Zero landscaping.


Old Savannah was well-loved, but needed to be brought into the 21st century.  We began with the foyer.  Her walls had a lovely border along the chair rail and her floors were linoleum. Now, we have expanded the entry into the family room, painted the walls, and installed hardwoods.  Through the view below, you can also see how we removed the family room closet that partially obstructed the path.

The front of the house needed the least amount of work.  The entire home had floors covered in original green shag carpet, but fortunately we uncovered beautiful hardwoods throughout.  This being said, the living, dining, and two guest bedrooms only needed carpet removal & a fresh coat of paint (after removing dining wallpaper).

 

Our greatest & most rewarding challenge, was the transformation of the family room, kitchen, and breakfast room. We loved how removing the paneling & replacing it with Sheetrock lightened the space.  And speaking of natural lighting…let’s talk about the wall we removed to open up the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room.  Allowing natural light across this living space, highlights so many features, including the fireplace which was hardly noticeable before.  (So much more to discuss about these rooms, that we will leave them for our next post.)

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The master & guest bedrooms needed minimal work, carpet removal and a fresh coat of paint.

 

The bathrooms were our second biggest challenge.  We gutted the hall bath down to the studs and replaced everything…tub, toilet, vanity, lighting, and flooring.

Fortunate for us, the master bath was already partially gutted.  We completed the demo and reconfigured a bit.  We installed a gorgeous oversized shower with a pebble stone floor.  A new vanity & toilet were installed as well as custom shelves.  Our favorite feature in the bath was definitely the updated ceramic tile floor that had a vintage feeling to it.

We could not have done any of this without a village of people, including Cunningham Contractors, Jon’s Electric, Carrie Rivera, and plenty of others that we will remember once this is posted.

Stay tuned to our next blog featuring more details of the Family Room, Breakfast Room, & Kitchen renovation.

Countertops!!!

Could not wait until later this week to post . . . our countertops are in!!!  Much to our excitement, when we arrived to Old Savannah, yesterday morning, the guys were ahead of schedule and already installing the granite.  We selected this granite over a month ago from Home Depot and are just as happy with it as the day we first saw it.  These countertops are just another feature that brings our kitchen to the new millennium.

Now that our countertops are installed, next comes the installation of our lighting and crown moldings.  Special thanks to Cunningham Contractors for their fantastic detailed work to on the crown moldings.  Also Jon’s Electric; they have made sure all of our electrical work is up to code.  They have also helped with the updated lighting-this house wouldn’t look so great with out these reliable companies.

Here is a sneak peak at both (note crown in process(only on left)…

Old Savannah Isn’t Looking That Old Anymore!!!

Well it feels like we are in the home stretch with Old Savannah; she has paint on all of her walls and Cunningham Contractors are finishing up the moldings in our renovated rooms.  Bathroom fixtures are being installed.  Light fixtures hung.  And these are just the interior features!! 

We put some finishing details on the exterior of the home, as well.  We put a fresh coat of paint on our lamp post & also installed a new mailbox (replacing the original fire engine mailbox).  Another huge exterior change was replacing the steel security storm door with a full view Andersen storm door. Not only is it beautiful, it also allows so much light into the foyer.   This is the best before picture I can find,

And here is the new & improved…

We went to our favorite nursery (McAllisters Greenhouse http://mcallistergreenhouses.com) and began picking out some shrubs to soften the outside of the house.  This place is the Mecca of Landscaping-they have acres and acres of greenhouses and if they don’t have what you are looking for, they will get it!!!  We purchased boxwoods and gardenia bushes, both evergreens and low maintenance. Gardenias are one our favorites, they are so fragrant and can be enjoyed while sitting on the front porch or as fresh cuttings inside the house.  

One of our last exterior enhancements is one you would never notice, but is most important to the efficiency and comfort of this home.  We had a vapor barrier installed throughout the crawl space as well as ‘tuned up’ the insulation.  Vapor barriers have several benefits including moisture control, reducing mold and mildew growth in the crawlspace, not to mention they provide a clean appearance to the space.  We replaced missing insulation from our HVAC, electrical, & plumbing work done in the crawlspace.  This helps ensure the home is as energy efficient for the new owners.  

This week to-do’s:  finishing moldings, electric, plumbing, granite installation, and complete the landscape.  Stay tuned for the transformation!!!

Calm Before the Storm

This past week has been a bit quiet.  A few behind the scenes things going on, like inspections and paperwork, but who wants to read about that . . . and we definitely don’t have any pictures to share!  With everything going on lately with these hurricanes, I cannot think of a better comparison than us being in the ‘calm before the storm’.

Olde Savannah has gotten her floors refinished.   Who knew this was such a pivotable step in the rehabilitation?  We cannot put any finishing trims (i.e. baseboards) nor can we install the appliances.  And because it takes 4+ days for the floor refinishing process, including sanding, staining, and sealing, we have been banned from the house.  This has given us some time to clean the exterior gutters and storage building.  All of this time away is completely worth it!!  We stopped by yesterday and took a sneak peak   At the floors (before & afters!)

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These floors look amazing!  It’s all coming together!!!  We are expecting kitchen countertops and then comes the crown moldings and light fixtures in the common rooms, and then the staining of the screen porch concrete, and then the new storm door, and then landscaping.  You feel the storm coming???  Oh, and we close on 2 properties within the next 2 weeks.

So much going on, but we couldn’t enjoy it more . . . this is our passion.