Fixer Upper Time

I have had fixer upper fever for a while now. I was just itching to get my hands on a pitiful run-down something that I could save. Then my Daddy called.

“Hey Baby. When ya comin’ to see me?”

“As a matter of fact, I need to come next weekend if that’s okay. I have a client moving in just north of you and I need a place to crash for a few days.”

“That’s awesome. I have just bought a little house close to campus and I need your help turning it into a rental.”

“Okay! What shape is it in?”

“Weeeellll……..it has a lot of potential.” (nervous laugh)

“Yippeeeeee!!!!! A fixer upper!!!!”

(laughter) “I’m glad you are excited!”

Be prepared…. this is not a “pretty picture” post…..not pretty at all…..YET.

Here she is in all of her glory.

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I made a video as I did a walk through but it was too long to fit on the blog. If interested you can jump over to my facebook page and check it out to get the full effect… especially of the back side. Gulp.

Here are the bedrooms: yes, the door off the carport opened directly into this bedroom. Say what?

 

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This is the second bedroom on the carport side. It is  substantially smaller than the other two bedrooms which might cause conflicts with three female renters.

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The floors are in great shape. That’s a plus!

This is the front door leading into the large living room. Dining is beyond the “holey” wall. Why?

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Here is the opposite end of the living room  with a door leading into bedroom number 2. All windows in the house are rotten and have to go. That’s sad.

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Dining Room

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This is the kitchen. The door leads out onto a little concrete porch that is about 8′ x 12′. Steps lead into back yard from there.

While inspecting the condition of the cabinets Daddy fell through this floor. THAT was not a good day. Angels, please protect him.

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This is the hallway that leads from bedroom 1. Door on left goes to living room. Door on right goes to bathroom. Door at end leads to bedroom 3 and then into kitchen.

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This used to be the bathroom.

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Apparently an entire nation of squirrels had taken up residence under the tub years ago. Anybody want to buy a few million acorns? I can fix up you.

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Appliance wall in kitchen.

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Bedroom 3

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And now, gulp, for the back view.

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Jeff and I measured every inch of the space and I drew a plan to help us visualize where we were starting and where we needed to go.

Next up, I will share those plans and the evolution of the finished plan that we are now working from. It involved a middle of the night epiphany. I love those!

Come along on the journey of this fixer upper . It will be fun!

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Bath Renovations

I am working on a dozen bath renovations at the moment. There is no time to write about it but these are some inspiration photos that I will be presenting this week. If you find some great ideas…. send them our way. I am never above asking for a little help. It makes the projects better… every time.  Enjoy.

 

 

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From Homebunch blog

 

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From Houzz

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From remodelista blog

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From Pinterest

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It’s Photoshoot Day!

 

 

Well we have about one more hour to get everything ready for our friends at Hoffman Media. They are shooting the Brantley house today ready or not.

Photoshoot days are my favorite. Everyone is excited. The homes are always at party ready and the pros behind those lenses know how to bring out the beauty. They are fun to watch!

But first, a little fun through the lens of my camera. This dining room is filled with drama. A dinner party here is going to be quite elegant at night.

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We were still playing with accessories. Do you know that it is hard to add points of interest in a space without walls? My version of winged victory didn’t make the cut. LOL

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It’s All About The Details

 

We hear it all the time, “the details make the project”. I agree, but what exactly are we talking about?

Here are some awesome examples of additions both big and small that took the project to the next level. This is simply a jaw-dropping corner. I worked with a magician trim carpenter like this a few years ago where every little piece was hand cut. I would find myself sitting in the floor and just watching him.

 

 

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Sometimes it is the simplest thing, like the addition of this quatrofoil, that takes the island from hohum to beautiful.

 

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Before And Afters At Maxwell AFB

 

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I was working on a before and after submission for a publication when it occurred to me that I had never written about this project here. How did that happen?

Several years ago I was approached by the wing commander at Maxwell Air Force Base about handling the renovation of the Officers’ Club. It was a fabulous project because he, Colonel Pete Costello, was passionate about design and wanted to bring the badly run-down club back to its 1920’s glory days. It was the most challenging project of my entire career for many reasons, chief among them:

the time line. Maxwell had just learned that they would be hosting, for the first time, Corona , the most important strategy event of all in the military. Top brass from all branches  the world over would be attending. We had 6 weeks to completely renovated the club.

Say what!!!

Throw in the next wrinkle,

it was Christmas and all of the factories that I needed to use were about to close for 2 weeks for inventory.

Throw in the next wrinkle,

I could not bring any of my own sub-contractors in. We had to use the “talent” available through the federal penitentiary that is housed at Maxwell.

After hyperventilating Jeff and I attacked the project with gusto. This phase involved the upstairs bar and a multi-purpose room that was to  look like a gentleman’s cigar club. I am going to show a couple of pictures of those projects then concentrate on the real bugger boo that came as phase II, The Pit. It ain’t called the pit for nuthin! Phew. That placed smelled to high heaven. It is located  in the basement and is the hang-out for the younger crowd. Let’s just say it needed a lot of TLC.

 

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Construction Terms You Need To Know To Communicate With Your Architect And Builder

 

cindy barganier

Atlanta Homes Magazine

I have a 4 year degree in design with years of experience designing and building homes and offices. Still, sometimes on a job site I will go completely blank when trying to recall the correct terminology for a specific piece of trim or design detail when communicating with my architect or builder on the job.  I cannot even imagine the frustration and intimidation that would be present if I had no background or knowledge in the field but wanted to be sure that I was going to get the look that I wanted for my project. A picture is worth 10,000 words in this business but a little bit of study into the construction terms of the trade will take you far. [Read more…]

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The Best Kitchen Range Hoods

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For the last two weeks I have consumed with range hood designs. I am working on two very different houses, one with a large kitchen and one with a small but in each this one element is all important.  There are so many different options but you must think critically about what fits the style of your house and the tone of your space.

Will it be wood and if so will it be refined or rustic?

 

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brick and wooden lintel

 

 

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And proportion is so important. Note the skimpy brackets above. There is no way that they could actually support the weight of the hood. Result of using them? They scream fake. I spent 30 minutes on a job site yesterday making SURE this didn’t happen. In the end, I ran back to the office to get my Fibonacci scale to make sure we got the proportions right.

 

How about stone? Old world or sleek and modern?

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Metal? Stainless? With straps or without? Copper? Round or square?

 

 

 

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Lindsey Woods, designer

Lindsey Woods, designer

 

 

Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best. I love this.

 

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See what I mean? Lots of choices. Many decisions to make. Which do you prefer?

 

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