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!!!
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!)
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.
We were all over the place, last week! We went under contract with a property in Gastonia, Miss Poston. We got the keys for Martha Jane (in Rockwell, NC). And we are wrapping up Old Savannah. To say there are a lot of ‘moving parts’ is an understatement; but that is life at Hewbrick Properties!!!
So let us introduce you to our latest property, Miss Poston (appropriately named after the street she is located on-notice a theme??).
Miss Poston is located on an adorable corner lot in Gastonia. She has beautiful hardwoods that need a little attention & even a covered back porch area. We don’t expect to do as much demo as Old Savannah, but she will get plenty of TLC before her next tenants arrive.
We picked up the keys for Martha Jane, yesterday. She is about 45mins outside of Charlotte, and I must say, the drive out could not have been more beautiful and peaceful. It can be nice to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and be able to just hear the wind and nature. This one, like Miss Poston, should not require many structural repairs, just replacing the flooring & some other minor touch ups. Our biggest chore will purging the contents left behind. Can’t wait to see what treasures we will discover!
Lastly, we can’t post without updating you on our ‘first born’! Old Savannah is getting her final coat of paint in all the rooms. We are expecting the hardwood refinishing to begin today or tomorrow. And of course, one of my favorite show pieces (so far) are the bathrooms. The vanities were delivered last week & are waiting to be installed-they look great! But the master shower….I want this in my own house! We will leave you with this beauty!!!
Stay tuned for our next treasure hunt & have a great week!
We have been all over the place, this week! Our priority has been on our Gastonia property. We were able to wholesale ‘Gastonia’ and have been working with the buyer, seller, and closing attorneies to complete this deal. We put people first with our business. The good news about this story is with the sale of their home, the original owners were able to purchase a car and move back across the country to be closer with family.
We have been visiting a lot of potential properties from North Wilkesboro down to Rock Hill. This has kept us away from Old Savannah, for the most part. Good news is, we have a awesome contractor with this project. Kevin (Cunningham Contractors) has helped keep things moving while we have been away. And when I say moving…look at how amazing this shower is turning out!!
This weekend we are hoping to do a little landscaping at Old Savannah. She has no shrubs and a green yard, so we have a blank canvas to spruce up. Stay tuned
Next week, we close on our property in Rockwell, NC. We have affectionately named her Martha Jane (based on her street address). Can’t wait to feature this property on our upcoming blog
We told you last week would be busy at Old Savannah, and it was! We are giddy with excitement, regarding the progress last week and what is to come this week. The realtor’ sign will be in the yard before we know it!!!
As you see, our new kitchen cabinets, from Home Depot, have been installed. We also have put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. We are so pleased at how bright this room is with the paint and white cabinets. Very updated, but not modern.
Remember when the kitchen looked like this???
The bathroom tile in the hall bath has been laid. It wasn’t one of the original styles we looked at originally (and showed you on our previous blog). That is something great about this project is making quick changes and seeing how well they turn out! We decided to go with a 10″x14″ careera for our floor tile. Completely freshens up this bath!!! Below is a reminder of the old bath.
Finally, the floor tile has gone down in the master bath! I want this in my own-could not be more pleased!!! The master bath was gutted by the previous homeowner & when we purchased, it was still down to the studs. We reconfigured the space & replaced the tub with an oversized shower. We have installed the inlayment & waterproofing in the shower. Now we waitfor the inspectors to give us the green flag, so we can begin laying tile in the shower. It is going to look amazing!
Below is a quick peek at those gorgeous 2×2 octagonal tile floors (and the shower)!!
We will continue to paint & lay tile, this week. We also hope to get the bath vanities in.
Stay tuned for an update on our Gastonia property as well as an introduction to our latest property, Martha Jane.
Things have been hopping around Hewbrick! This is probably why we have been a bit neglectful with our blog (sorry). We have made 4 offers on properties, this week, not to mention making great strides at Old Savannah.
We don’t restrict ourselves to Mecklenburg county…we have put offers on properties in Cleveland and Rowan counties this week. Part of our philosophy is to treat all homes the same, no matter the condition or price. We meet with every homeowner within 24 hours and present to them an offer in person. We hope to update you on our new projects in the upcoming weeks!
Now back to Old Savannah-our ‘first child’. Walls are up! I mean, we have taken walls down, but now have put walls up. Back up, in the bathrooms. If you remembered, we fully gutted the bathrooms to the studs. We have removed all of the fixtures (tubs, toilets, vanities) and started fresh. When we purchased Old Savannah, the homeowner was in the process of renovating the master bath, so much of the initial demo was complete. The tile was removed, the Sheetrock was down, and a new tub was installed. We had a different idea for the space and removed the tub to make space for an oversized shower. This allowed space for additional storage.
Here are before pictures of the master bath:
In the hall bathroom, we removed everything and were able to reuse the new tub, from the master. Below are before and after a (won’t miss that wallpaper!!!):
After…excuse the dim light, we removed all of the fixtures during the demo & have not replaced.
So, we call this progress!
Next week will be crazy-paint will be going up on the walls, kitchen cabinets will be installed, and tile will be laid. Buckle up, we will be micing at lightening speed as we get Old Savannah ready to go on the market!!!
We have been working on getting this property under contract for about a month now and the offer is finally submitted. The owners are asking for some unusual up front or ‘due diligence’ money that we are still trying to negotiate.
This is currently a 1 bedroom 1 bath home. After quite a bit of love and attention, we have ideas to make it into a 3 bed 1 bath. We see potential in rehabilitating all properties. We can look past the current condition and overgrowth to see the future gem hidden within.
Check out these pics and new floor plan idea.
Our before and after floor plan ideas
Stay tuned to see how this situation ends up.