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.

If a Window of Opportunity Appears . . .

The New Year has been quite good to us and full of opportunity & promise.  We have had our hands full finishing up Martha Jane, purchasing Cold Springs, making big changes at Miss. Poston, oh and we went under contract on a new property, Westridge.

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We have found great opportunity at Miss Poston!  If you recall, in December we put a new roof on our property on Poston Circle (affectionately named Miss Poston).  The New Year called for the start of interior changes.  Our first project was to completely gut the interior of the home & remove unnecessary walls, ceilings, flooring, and fixtures-Bristol Carting & Container did an amazing job with this.  We also  replaced the old attic insulation with 2 new  layers of R-19 insulation.  This will help with the efficiency of the house for it’s new owners.

Our next step was to gut the kitchen to the studs.  Bristol Carting & Container gutted the kitchen, which gave us access to the brick chimney that vented the original furnace in the home.  We not only removed the chimney and furnace, but are replacing the furnace with an energy efficient HVAC system.  Removing this chimney created an opportunity for more cabinet space in the remodeled kitchen.  We had Eli Electric remove all existing electrical wiring and replace it with new grounded copper wire throughout.

The most notable change you will see is  our ‘window of opportunity.’  A&C Home Improvement removed the second window from the kitchen and moved it into the living room.  Moving this window allows for more natural light in the southern facing side of the living room.  We still have 1 window in the kitchen and will be replacing the original wood single pane glass door with a insulated 9 light door.

Below are before/after pictures of living room.

Can you determine which window is new??

And here are pictures of the kitchen.

A lot is going on at Hewbrick Properties.  We can’t wait to show you the latest at Martha Jane and also introduce Cold Springs and Westridge.  Stay tuned!

New Additons

We have been giving Olde Savannah a lot of attention these past 3 months, and have not shared much about our new additions, Martha Jane & Miss Poston.  Both of these projects are completely different from Olde Savannah as well as each other.  Not to mention they are in 2 separate counties, neither of which are Mecklenburg.  We are so pleased with how well our rehab went at Olde Savannah that we are confident enough to rehabilitate 2 properties at once!


Let’s start with Martha Jane, appropriately named after her address Martha Jane Lane.  She is located in Rowan County.  This is our first manufactured home rehabilitation and we are learning a lot.

When we first took possession of this property, it was difficult to see all of the potential until we got her cleared out.  The previous owner left quite a bit behind . . . some treasures . . . and some trash.

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After some hard work, we were able to scale the ‘treasures’ down to this:

We were thankful for Bristol Carting & Dumpster Services!  They had their hands (dumpsters) full with Martha Jane, carting over 5 20 yard dumpsters!!

Miss Poston is our other property and she is located on Poston Circle in Gastonia, NC.

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She is a cute bungalow on a corner lot, with great potential.  Unlike Martha Jane, this house was empty when we took possession, therefore we could immediately start on the rehabilitation.

Our first step in the process was to get a new roof put on this home.  Next on the list, will be installing new windows and doors to help secure the space, as well as a new HVAC system.

We must give a special shout out to Bristol Carting & Dumpster Services!  They were able to help us at both properties.