I have attempted to take inspiring elements from my “favorite house of all time” and translate them a low country vernacular..Read More
You need this. Did you already hear me say this? Oh wait, YES YOU DID!!!
You can get these babies for free (sometimes) and then call the best tub guy in town, Happy, to refinish it for you (PM me for his info).
This baby was behind a friend’s renovation project (he is not a believer in the powerful transforming and healing powers of a CFT) so he gave it to me (thanks, Brent!).
Here we are after the very sweaty Duke’s Dad and Happy got her into position in the new Master Bath. Isn’t she great!?! I wanted to leave that rustic feel to her and Happy knew just what I wanted. Supremely happy with Happy. He’s a hardworking champ!
Here she is after the GREAT TEAM from American Plumbing went above and beyond to help me get a shower in the new bathroom! They went off site and took the hardware off another old tub and put it onto this ole’ girl! Seriously nicest guys ever - thanks Terrence and Mr. Bryan!
All in all, if you want a CFT DO IT! The nostalgia, charm, and TUB SOAKin is well worth it. Enjoy!
Inspiration from cottage designer, Bruce TolarRead More
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.
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.
More to come but here’s a little happy for your Friday…
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!).
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!!
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…
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…
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…..
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.
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.
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!!!).
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!).
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!
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!!!
More updates to come! I’ll be posting more images on Facebook soon! Cheers!
What is it about a claw foot tub? Is it the promise of soothing bubbles and the supportive lip of the tub’s edge for your weary head — where you can unwind and slough off the day? Or is it ( I dare say!) a place to celebrate your small victories, the little daily triumphs like, say, getting all your errands done and washing the dog?!? YES, the tub can be !!both of these things and that’s why I like to celebrate these vintage beauties by finding, refinishing, and installing them in my new builds and cottage renovations. Contact me to find out more about how you can get a beauty like this one into your life!