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.

Progress Report

We have been a bit quiet this week.  Lots of little tasks being checked off the list, here at Old Savannah.  

We wrapped up the electrical, relocating outlets and getting the kitchen wired. P.S. the kitchen cabinets are being delivered today-SO EXCITED!!! 

We have done some pressure washing outside, getting the exterior ready for it’s paint job. 

We also had the HVAC folks move some duct work to align better with the new layout. 


New Sheetrock has replaced the textured ceilings in the public rooms.  We should have a picture ready for our next blog post.  

Now we just wait for the electrical inspection so we can begin sheetrocking the family room & kitchen.  Then you will really start to notice the progress!!!

Finally, the most notable change in the week (and sign that we are closing the demo chapter)…dumpster #2 was hauled off!!! 


Hope you are having as productiveof a week as we are.  Check back in as interior progress should move much quicker now that demo & electrical are complete!!

Busy Bees!

 

We have been a bit delayed in posting today because SO many exciting activities have been going on, and not just at Old Savannah (but that is for another day)!!

We were finally able to get the wall out between the family room and kitchen, and wow, did it make a difference!!!  Now, there is light across entire back of the house.

We went from this:

. . . to this!!!!

Oh, and did you notice the kitchen, or what is left of the kitchen?  We were able to get everything stripped from there, as well.

Before picture, below, for reference.

Needless to say, we filled a dumpster in a hot second.  We also learned something great thru this process . . . one man’s trash IS another man’s treasure.  This saying certainly rings true with Old Savannah.  Someone wanted the paneling from the den to re-purpose on their farm in a tack room and chicken coop.  Someone else took the kitchen cabinets to re-purpose for their workshop.  And someone else wanted some of the appliances.  And let’s not forget the win with the Lincoln Town Car.  It feels great to know that we were able to re-purpose some of the demo material and not send them to the landfill.

Check back on Friday to see what else we have been up to, besides Old Savannah!

More Demo!!!

One of the changes we are making to Old Savannah is the flow.  These days, people like to have a more open floor plan that is more conducive to families and entertaining.  We are looking to open the wall between the kitchen and the family room.

We were able to remove the plywood paneling, in the family room, pretty easily.  No surprises behind the wall.

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What do you think about the panelling left in the room?  Should we salvage it with some neutral paint or replace it with Sheetrock?

Let’s Tear Some Things Up!!!!

The original homeowner is out of Old Savannah & what is the first thing we did?  We started tearing stuff up!!

Demo is so much fun and exciting!!!  This is the time when you can let loose and not worry (too much) about damaging anything . . . it’s coming out, right?  And you never know what you may uncover??

Shiny & New

We definitely discovered some unexpected things during this process.  Remember the shag carpet (aka ‘indoor green lawn’)?  We couldn’t resist the temptation to go ahead and peel at back the ‘green lawn’!!  We just needed a peak!!  We were just as pleased as we had anticipated being!

Remember this sight?

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…well look what we found underneath!!!!

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Look at these solid oak floors!?!?  What finish should we use???

 

Wallpaper Woes . . .

The dining room, kitchen, and hall bath all had walls covered in wallpaper.  You can imagine the cloud of dread looming over us.     

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Our initial concern was the age of the paper and that we would not only remove the wallpaper, but take Sheetrock, as well.  So imagine the relief we felt when we started to remove the dining room paper in full sheets!  Sheer Joy!!!

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Now lets hope the other rooms come off as easy!!!!