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RENOVATING: TOP DO’S AND DONT’S

Happy Wednesday!!

I hope everyone enjoyed our first post in our new renovation series.  Here comes round two!

Some people call the renovation process “flipping houses”… I LOATHE the term.   To me, that label implies two things. First, it suggests that a quick return on your investment is the goal. Second, it insinuates a  “quick” process, which it is not.

The process of renovating a home has to make sense financially and emotionally for me… Notice I called it a HOME. We go into every project planning to live there, or at least believing we could if necessary…my heart is completely in it.

A lot of good thing comes from these renovations. Almost every home has been vacant and some even condemned. There is a sense of fulfillment in providing life to a structure that hasn’t seen it in ages. Uncovering history and trying to restore it while improving the neighborhood are some of the major positives in this process.

So, if you think you’re up for the challenge of renovating a house, here are a few quick do’s and don’ts I try to keep in mind.

 

DO’S:

**Restore those old windows, don’t replace them.

** Keep the old school built-in china cabinets, closets, and medicine cabinets (relocate them if necessary).
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At 1215 Felder, Rett’s nursery has the original built in’s and they work perfectly for his closet!!

**Reuse the original doors and hardware where possible.

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Our door to our bar in 1215 Felder and it’s pair is the door to the pantry.  These are old doors we found.

**Keep the old bath tubs and sinks…just get them restored. Locally, I adore Bath Innovations for restoring these old beauties.

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       This old bathtub was salvaged and placed into our master bathroom in 797 Felder..

I love the look of an old claw foot tub!!

**Keep finishes historic…(next post has some great examples of our favorites).

**Never ever enclose porches just to make more heated and cooled square footage, enjoy the porch for what it really is!!

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Our fourth house, 754 Thorn Place, had the most amazing porch where we spent countless nights enjoying!

Who doesn’t love a good porch?!

**Be creative with closet space. Old homes don’t have much to offer here so use a wonderful armoire for additional storage. Plus you get to take it with you to the next house!! :)

**Replace broken glass in old windows with the old school wavy glass. Your local glass company can provide it…you just have to ask.

**Research historic paint colors before you get color happy. (again suggestions to come!!)

 

Don’ts:

**Don’t use a lot of color in hard finishes.

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In 704 Felder, we used white marble and refinished the hardwoods to keep a timeless look with minimal color in this kitchen!

**Steer clear of very trendy finishes…think timeless and historic

**No vinyl siding or hardy board. Sorry. They just weren’t used 100 years ago…

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This is the finished product of 1935 Graham Street!

Once we started renovation, we uncovered the original wood and look how beautiful is!! It just needed a few coats of paint!

**One of my biggest peeves… Do not cut a decrepit chimney off at the roof. Get a mason and fix it. It isn’t that expensive.

**Don’t put tile down over original hard wood. Wood is totally fine in a bathroom, kitchen or even a laundry room. It’s original for goodness sake.

**Don’t replace old cast iron tubs with fiberglass tub/shower units. Signature Hardware  makes wonderful curved shower rods to help these old school tubs adapt as showers.

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**Block glass is just wrong…in any instance

**Don’t use carpet to cover damaged original hardwoods, repair them! You can patch and refinish to match the originals!

IMG_1425The hardwoods in our kitchen on 797 Felder.

I hope you enjoyed my top “do’s and dont’s” for the nitty gritty renovation process!!

Up next are finish selections, so stay tuned…Also, feel free to send any questions our way.
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BIG NEWS!! :)

TGIF Parish Friends!!

How is it already August?! This summer has FLOWN by and I cannot believe that school is about to start next week!! Today, we wanted to share some exciting news with everyone… Ashley and Barrett are selling their house and are moving on to their next adventure!! You might have already heard through the grapevine or on Ashley’s instagram, but we wanted to officially announce that 1215 Felder is on the market! :) This house is truly amazing and Ashley has put so much TLC into it, making it the ultimate Cloverdale Cottage! 1215 Felder is located in the charming and historic area of Montgomery, known as Old Cloverdale (for those of you not in Montogmery!!) and with it’s 2300 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a wet bar, and a cozy little back yard it is the perfect house for a new family!! We hope you enjoy the reveal of Ashley’s “after pictures” and if you are new around here, make sure to check out our older posts that show the renovation process… here and here!!

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All images taken by Danny Hooks of Hooks Images

We hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into Ashley’s latest project, obviously the pictures speak for themselves!! To see the entire listing, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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PARISH PICKS

Hi Everyone!!

It is such a nasty and dreary day here in Montgomery that I thought I would brighten up your day with our weekly series, “PARISH PICKS”! This week we want to spotlight all of the many uses of a tray. We have tons of trays in PARISH right now that are all shapes, sizes, colors, etc and that can be used in so many ways!

In my opinion, using a tray on a bar cart or on your wet bar is such a easy way to add a feminine touch to such a “masculine” area! You could use it to hold and organize your liquor bottles or even to display all the beautiful glassware that you have!

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Trays are also super fun to display in the bathroom. I have a tray in my bathroom that I use to hold my perfume, my jewelry, a candle, and some other bathroom necessities… It is also a great way to free up some cabinet space and to include some fresh flowers!! I love both of these examples!

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Similar to the bathroom, you can use trays on a vanity or a dresser in your bedroom… to display much of the same objects… jewelry, make up, candles, personal trinkets that are special to you…

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Trays also serve as a great organizational tool especially in a room like your kitchen.  A neat idea is to make a “coffee nook” in your kitchen. I actually don’t drink coffee, but my husband loves it! It would be so nice if he had a little area designated just for his coffee and all things that he needs to go with it!! And you could also use a tray in a kitchen to hold cooking utensils, flowers, note pads for to-do lists, etc…

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The most obvious place for a tray is the coffee table! The options are endless… you can use it for anything and everything! Some of my favorites are to hold magazines, books, candles, fresh flowers, your remote controls, coasters for when you have friends over, any special trinket that you want displayed… I am telling you the options are endless!!

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 I could keep going on and on about all the ways to use trays in addition to the ones listed above, but I don’t want to overload you today!! We have so many awesome trays in the store right now that would be perfect for any of the uses I described! Check some of them out below!

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We have lots more to chose from at the store as well.. so come by and see us!! Hope you all are staying as dry as possible!

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