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.

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)…

Do You See What I See??

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.  

Another Crazy Week!

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:

And after:

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!!!

TGIF!

We have had a busy week at Old Savannah, things are starting to really move along.  The Sheetrock is hung, the bathroom tiles have been selected, and exterior paint should be going up this weekend.  

Cunningham Contractors started this week. Their focus was to hang all of the Sheetrock in the family room and kitchen, to make it one cohesive space.  The best part about the Sheetrock going up was the amount of light it brought into the back of the house!  See before & after



Below is our Sheetrock Magician, Kevin Cunningham, from Cunningham Contractors. 

We took a trip to the Home Depot to scope out bathroom tile ideas.  We did a poll on Facebook & Instagram to help decide on the best combination.  What do you think?


What’s your vote??!  We will give you the weekend to think about it!!  😉

Have a great weekend & stay cool!

Heat Wave!

Hopefully you are surviving this heat!  We have been trying to minimize our outside work, and when we are out, we try to limit it to the morning before the inferno cranks up.  The heat paired with the humidity,here in the south, can be immeasurable.

Good news is, we have plenty of work to do inside . . . and with our HVAC adjustments made, we have the air conditioning cranked up Continue reading “Heat Wave!”

Cheers to the weekend!!!

We are looking forward to the weekend.  We met with electricians, painters, flooring installers, and HVAC pros, this week.  We even had a huge Sheetrock delivery from the Home Depot!  

Next week, we will be putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.  Exterior painting will begin. The Sheetrock will be hung in the family room, and covering the textured ceilings. 

Have we talked about these textured ceilings?  They are not your typical popcorn ceilings from the 1970’s, that can be easily scraped.  These are textured to the point they have to be sanded or replaced.  Clearly, we chose to replace with new Sheetrock …hence a large portion of the HD delivery.  

We should have some great progress pictures of Old Savannah, next week.  

Stay tuned, and have an awesome weekend!