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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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YOU FOUND $100 – WHAT’S YOUR SPLURGE?!?

Happy Thursday PARISH Friends!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far!! Martha Ann, Rebecca, and  I have been holding down the fort at PARISH and AGID while Ashley and Jessica are finishing up their trip in Europe! They are currently in Wiltshire shopping around and we can only assume they are finding some fabulous treasures for both the shop and for some clients!! We hope that everyone is following along on Instagram and Facebook! You will not be disappointed that’s for sure!!

Today, we thought it would be fun to share how we would indulge our design obsessions at PARISH if we suddenly found a little extra cash…$100!!

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I would definitely buy art or design books! I  absolutely LOVE to collect books and I am a firm believer in that you can never own too many of them! They are the perfect addition to any coffee table, book shelf, night stand, etc… A few that have my eye right now….

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{all available at PARISH}

Martha Ann

I would have to buy these fabulous Willow Wrapped Canisters for my kitchen! My husband and I have just moved back to Montgomery and are in the midst of unpacking and getting settled… these would be the perfect the addition to our kitchen to hold my various cooking ingredients!! Cooking is my absolute favorite hobby.. so naturally I would choose something for the kitchen! :)

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Rebecca

I would choose a potted Preserved Boxwood because plants give life to any room and you always need a little green!! These are the best because there is no upkeep… and for those who don’t have a green thumb.. look no further!!

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We hope yall enjoyed what we would splurge on if given the chance… now if I could only have a money tree in the back yard!!!!

If you didn’t get a chance to check out our last post…. don’t forget to mark those calendars on July 24th for our trunk show featuring Vintage Green Jewelry and Amanda Roberson Art!!

Until next time!

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