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.

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.

Moving Parts!

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!  

Feeling Good for the Weekend!!!

Hopefully you were as productive this week, as we were!  We made great progress at Old Savannah and even allowed ourselves time to find another property.  But let’s start with our ‘first born’, Old Savannah.

This week, we ordered bathroom vanities (which will be in within 2 weeks).  We also had the exterior of the house painted.  We converted from brick with blue trim & shutters, to brick with white trim & black shutters.  Oh what a difference this makes-as I mentioned in my last post, you can see the moldings now!!

It wasn’t just about the exterior, this week.  Our hardwoods arrived this week.  You may be asking why we needed hardwoods after unveiling the beautiful white oak under the green shag carpet?  Well if you recall, there was tile in the foyer & that gorgeous low pile carpet in the kitchen/breakfast room.

We are making a cohesive flooring statement in the house and converting both of these spaces to hardwoods.  This will update the look and help the flow in the spaces around.  This house is going to look fabulous!!!

 

We hope you have a great weekend and look forward to giving you the latest updates, next week!!!

A Little Paint…

…goes a long way!!!  We started ‘slapping some paint on the old barn’ this weekend.  It is amazing how much difference paint can make.   

If you recall, the shutters & trim at Old Savannah were both painted the same dusty blue.  


As you see, in the photo above, the trim sortof fades away.  You would never know there was beautiful dental molding framing Old Savannah.  Moldings are such a crowning feature, you want to show it off…not cover them up!  

Now with a little paint…our 👑 sparkles!!  


Stay tuned, this week, hardwoods are going in to the kitchen & foyer (hardwoods in the whole house!). 

   Any thoughts on a stain???

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??

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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!!!!