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.
**Restore those old windows, don’t replace them.
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.
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.
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!!
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’t use a lot of color in hard finishes.
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…
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.
**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!
I hope you enjoyed my top “do’s and dont’s” for the nitty gritty renovation process!!