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.

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!!!

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!!!!

. . . And Here We Go!

Well, we purchased our first house (Old Savannah) and close tomorrow. What?!?

This full brick home has all of the great bones of a 70’s ranch, new roof, new windows, new HVAC, original hardwoods . . . this should be a slam dunk!  Now add the fact that it is located in a quiet neighborhood with great access to Target (duh!) and other great shopping, this is going to be great fun.

Oh wait-did we say hardwoods?

Well yes, we have hardwoods . . . underneath this!!

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This lovely green shag has preserved the original hardwoods, and are reminding me of grandma’s.  I mean, this carpet has been very well maintained and looks like a lush green lawn . . . inside a house.  And don’t worry, if the shag is a little much, there is also sculpted carpet (to look like linoleum) in the kitchen area.  Never have I ever seen this before?  Honestly, it’s kind of cool, but will probably not be a strong selling feature this house.

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now we just need to bring it into the new millennium.

We can’t wait to peel back the shag and reveal the gorgeous hardwoods!