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)…

Old Savannah Isn’t Looking That Old Anymore!!!

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!!!

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!)

Kitchen

 

Foyer

 

Living Room

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!  

First Property…Sold!

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 

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.