We Have A Whole Lot Going On!

So much has been going on, it’s hard to find time to keep the blog updated on…Miss Poston, Martha Jane, Cold Springs, and now Westridge!

Miss Poston has been a busy site lately. The rough plumbing and rough electrical have been installed.

New decking installed on the rear of the home.

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The exterior of the home has been scraped & prepped for painting.

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We are fortunate to have a great team with A&C Home Improvement to help with all of this! We had a new HVAC gas pack system and hot water heater installed.

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The ceilings have all been Sheet-rocked, taped, & mudded.

 

Miss Poston is almost ready for a buyer!!!

Cold Springs has been treated for termites. Now we are working through estimates for the termite damage repair in the crawlspace of the home. Once we have the repairs completed, we look forward to freshening up the interior with new paint and flooring.

Last, but not least, we have Westridge. This is our newest property; we closed on this home last week. Westridge is located in sought after 28208 zip code, just outside of uptown Charlotte. The first week has been full of demo (thanks again, Bristol Carting & Container), finding this unexpected surprises, & completing our scope of work for the new finishes.

 

Stay tuned for our next post …we have a great video of Westridge (if you haven’t already seen it on our Facebook)!!!

Introducing …

Cold Springs!  We told you a lot was going on over the holidays.  Right before the New Year, we went under contract & closed on this property all within 10 days. A key benefit of selling to Hewbrick Properties, is we can close within 7-10 days if needed. We were pleased to have an opportunity to purchase a property in sought after Concord, NC. Concord is a small town outside the northeast side of Charlotte, NC;  it has a ‘small town’ feel, but is the 11th largest city in the state.  It also has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live (http://www.independenttribune.com/news/concord-ranked-in-top-best-places-to-live/article_32042378-9d70-11e7-a0e9-173a161c6dc6.html).

We mean it when we say ‘we will buy your house as is’, which can also means belongings that the sellers don’t take with them. Below pictures are a prime example.

Cold Springs is a 1,032 square foot ranch with low maintenance vinyl siding & vinyl replacement windows.  It sits on a large flat lot and has great potential.  This property will most likely be a buy and hold, thus will need minimal upgrades.  She was most recently updated in 2009.  Our current plan is to paint interior, install new flooring throughout, and reglaze the ‘pepto pink’ tub to white.  Cold Springs has 2 bedrooms, a large family room, and an eat in kitchen.

We look forward to showing you the transformation of our latest property.

Good Bones!

We have a small obsession with Miss Poston.  Now that we have completed the demo, we have the opportunity to bring new life to this 1947 beauty.  She will be modernized to current trends & safety codes, while preserving the character & charm of this 40’s era home.

This week we had Eli Electric rewire the entire home to get it to code. They also installed additional fixtures/receptacles where needed.

The entire home has had new plumbing installed, as well.

A&C Home Improvement has been busy replacing rotted & damaged wood clapboards on the exterior.

And filling in where we removed the kitchen window.

Part of the ‘fun’ with restoring these old gems are the surprises you find. Behind the plaster walls, the contractor found a section of the sill plate and studs which had rotted behind the kitchen sink area. This amazing team made quick work of the repair & luckily no delay of progress.

This adorable 861 square foot bungalow packs plenty of character in a small place. We are refinishing the original 1″ solid oak flooring through out. We are preserving the solid pine bead-board paneling (picture below). The full brick wall in the family room & the cast iron wood stove will remain in the home to add to the warmth & charm of Miss Poston.

This week, we are expecting all Sheetrock to be installed. We have redesigned the kitchen and will be ordering the cabinets, countertops, & appliances for this space. We also have energy efficient vinyl replacement windows & insulated steal raised panel doors on order.

We are expecting to show you our progress in our next blog.

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)…

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.