On the cusp

I have been dreaming about this kind of house for a very long time. After the carriage house in Tbolt was complete, I knew I would always and forever need LOFTY ceilings with lots of light. My new project on Isle of Hope will offer that lofty feel but with a Lowcountry twist.

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Here are some quick photos of the house going up… Some of my favorite features include the wraparound porches, mudroom, pantry, big party shower, and flexible living spaces.

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More to come but here’s a little happy for your Friday…

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NOW for something completely DIFFERENT

I started another renovation in Thunderbolt with my neighbor, DC. He is allowing me to ‘take the reins” while he manages the money-side of things which is a DREAM COME TRUE for me.

The house is unusual in that the original potion of the house was built around 1940. The house was added onto in the 1960’s I believe…..because the AMAZING TERRAZZO FLOORING we found the plush green carpet in the bedrooms and living room!

I spy…..TERRAZZO!!!

I spy…..TERRAZZO!!!

Finalizing the budget but should be underway in early February turning this current 2 bedroom 2 bath home into a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with big bonus room and party kitchen!

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The plan is to go as a nightly rental and have a mid century vibe to the house — the floors certainly speak to that style!

The trees and existing landscaping will allow us a great big entertaining space and we are a stone’s throw to the neighborhood fishing pier.

I have yet to do a mid century house so I’m very excited to get going!

More to come!

HEAD-ing up the progress....

Onward we go! After a couple weeks of planning and slowing down due to the holidays we are back on track! Last weekend Duke’s Dad and I got the doors from Pembroke (pronounced “brook,” not “BROKE”), I finished cleaning out the drywall, and he ripped up subfloor in the kitchen so the tile would be the same height in the kitchen as newly found hardwoods in living room.

The physicality of the work is A LOT! I feel like I have some minor nerve damage from 3-4 hours of pulling nails — what a weenie!

Micha and TT

Luckily for Duke’s Dad, his friend, Micha was able to come down from Asheville to help for a couple weeks. Micha paired with TT have made a big impact this week — headers have been installed where new windows and doors are going. A new exterior door is hung (major victory for me to see!), and outside openings are blocked off w playwood. I feel so lucky and happy that this GREAT PROGRESS is being made by a lively and fun group…

That and the DENIM-looking tile is down in the kitchen!

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I closed on another renovation project with my neighbor December 31st (we start bidding next week) and had a disappointment with the small house community I’ve been wanting to build (CHIN UP!) so I was not at the work site as much as I wanted to be this week but did get to shop vac and clean up the site some (I love a sparkling clean site!).

ONWARD!

Addicted to Demolition!

LOVE the sound of flooring popping up as I scrape it! SERIOUSLY ADDICTED. Nothing else to report as plumbers and electricians do their thing. We have filled up one dumpster already and getting the exterior of the Mustard Pancake all planned out — new windows have been ordered and now we debate on how to get the most bang for the buck with a VERY SMALL BUDGET.

This is seriously a big test of my budgeting skills. This house is going to need EVERYTHING - updating electrical, adding full bath, renovating one bath, redoing hardwoods, redoing drywall, adding skim coat to ceiling, new kitchen, windows, deck, doors, and ROOF. If we can stay under 50k I am going to be incredibly proud of our team! This is the SMALLEST budget I’ve ever worked with on a house that is in need of the most work!!

Duke’s Dad at the Mustard Pancake

Duke’s Dad at the Mustard Pancake

Day 16

Day 16

Scribbles!

I have been a scribbler for a long time. I’m no true artist BUT scribbling lets me get ideas out on paper and help me explain what I see a project becoming…

Earliest scribbles of the Mustard Pancake

Earliest scribbles of the Mustard Pancake

Even if I pen for just a short while, I notice I start seeing what I am looking for exhibited in other homes. Take for instance these scribbled columns and the big gable (above). When I took Tondee for a walk in Parkside I couldn’t help but get inspired when I saw these textured and chunky columns…

One of my very favorite bungalows in Parkside neighborhood

One of my very favorite bungalows in Parkside neighborhood

More Parkside inspiration for Ze Pancake!

More Parkside inspiration for Ze Pancake!

When Duke’s Dad and I sat down at Larry’s to grab some breakfast yesterday (my way of bribing him to help me pick up my new doors w his trailer!) I picked up my pen and just started scribbling on my placemat. I suppose it helped me translate what he was saying about options for affordable metal siding (ala Austin, TX) and getting creative with textures and materials…..

The Mustard Pancake all scribbled up

The Mustard Pancake all scribbled up

Artist or not, if you have ideas, just try and get ‘em down on paper somehow. I noticed my scribbles end up having more in common the more and more I scratch them out. Those patterns help reiterate what I want to see aesthetically and helps me develop my plan.

Happy scribbling!

The Mustard Pancake - a Renovation!

Oh boy! My arms are already sore and its only been two days of slinging a hammer. Yes, I am a pipsqueak BUT I do like my demo time. It’s kinda like winter, a time to strip down the layers and get to the meat of what’s ailing you in order to build back. Oh, so deep, meaningful, and (slightly?) annoying, but TRUE!

The Mustard Pancake is ready for a full on FACELIFT, but we are not going to stop there! We are gonna give this ole’ gal the full on WORKS. We’re talking inner-workings, plugs for the hair, an eye-lift, skinlift, and permanant eyeliner and lipstick! Meaning, you will not recognize this 1938 Doll in a couple months.

The Mustard Pancake! She has absolutely NO facial features but we’re going to change that!

The Mustard Pancake! She has absolutely NO facial features but we’re going to change that!

So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover that we indeed DO have hardwoods under layers on linoleum. I was FOOLED to thinking it was gone somehow. Everything else is just garbage done poorly and cheaply. The windows are awful and the crawlspace has been covered up giving way to 40% humidity underneath the bathroom (note to self: never hire the handyman for this house who created a termite highway of EARTH TO WOOD DIRECT CONTACT!!!).

Tondee says, “Just say NO to faux-floating-floors, FOOL!”

Tondee says, “Just say NO to faux-floating-floors, FOOL!”

FEAR NOT, I have a plan!

I have been inspired by JH Interior Design for some time - mainly the small home she renovated for her family. The loft in her farmhouse inspired my new house design at Thunderbolt & Isle of Hope and the big front porch is what pushed me to realize that the Mustard Pancake could actually shine by adding a bit of farmhouse flare and some depth to the front facade (i.e. add a deep porch that wraps around!).

Inspired by JH Interior Design Oregon Farmhouse

Inspired by JH Interior Design Oregon Farmhouse

Day 1 - we got flooring up and stacked and Day 2 demo began on bathroom. Day 2 was quite hysterical when I thought I’d cut the water off the the refrigerator and low and behold, it was NOT CUT off and I had to repeatedly run buckets of water outside while my friend, TT, came over to cut the water to the house w an oversized wrench. OMG - water everywhere!

What do we have here? Linoleum and more linoleum. Will give you an update on how my heat gun, utility knife, and scrapers work out for me here in an upcoming post.

What do we have here? Linoleum and more linoleum. Will give you an update on how my heat gun, utility knife, and scrapers work out for me here in an upcoming post.

Thank goodness for the buckets! A good lesson in why its important to always carrying a big ole’ wrench with you!

Thank goodness for the buckets! A good lesson in why its important to always carrying a big ole’ wrench with you!

Behold: Yes, I will find a recessed medicine cabinet for this bathroom right after I finish demo-ing this gross vinyl flooring and eliminate these cheap aluminum windows!

Behold: Yes, I will find a recessed medicine cabinet for this bathroom right after I finish demo-ing this gross vinyl flooring and eliminate these cheap aluminum windows!

Long days ahead but hearing the horses whinny and neigh across the street is already worth it! Not to mention the trails with views like this!!!

Views on the marsh trail near my new project Tondee has found wonderful things on the trail including friends to romp with and things to ROLL IN!

Views on the marsh trail near my new project Tondee has found wonderful things on the trail including friends to romp with and things to ROLL IN!

More updates to come! I’ll be posting more images on Facebook soon! Cheers!