December 29, 2017


Here is a look back at one of our favorite projects! Read on to learn about this beautiful restoration.
Work + Play


The home was in GREAT condition when we were commissioned to restore it. We were hired because the homeowners loved the design we proposed which kept the integrity and the structure of the home. Thanks to draftsman Greg Marcy and the creative abilities of Jon Crane and Tammy Tarbox, we did not remove or change the original room sizes and were able to produce a design that worked within the footprint of the home.

The heart of the home is the kitchen. It was originally located in the back of the house as was typical in the early 1900s. We relocated it to the center of the home and chose to use white wood shelves with corbels throughout the kitchen and pantry. Cabinets and corbel shelves were made by Kevin Cinamon with Darrell Neal Painting. He and his team did an amazing job, not only on the custom inset cabinets, but also on all of the wood and trim work throughout. They helped us maintain the original wood feel that was extremely important to our client. Though Kevin was not very happy with our insistence on inset cabinets, they made a huge impact on the kitchen!
Working closely with Distinctive Surfaces, they helped us choose a beautiful white marble that fit the time period perfectly.
Simple white subway tile provided by Creative Tile was used as a backsplash
The client chose beautiful industrial style appliances from Wessinger Appliances in Chapin.
Delbert and his team are wonderful to work with and we know they absolutely LOVE working with us on these old home renovations. They never run into any surprises when they go to install within these old walls, attics and crawl spaces:)!
When we started the process, every inch of this home was wood and all of it was original, which is so remarkable and an enormous part of its' charm.
The light floors (pictured above) had NEVER been sanded or stained. Below is the way they looked before David and the team at Cee Squared Services got their hands on them. Once sanded down, we were so amazed by their condition we simply decided to coat them with 3 coats of a matte finish poly instead of staining them a darker color as originally planned.
The living room walls were originally covered in burlap bags and layers of wallpaper, but when we started the project this is how we found them. The homeowner loves them and we left them exactly as they were.
We made very little changes to the fireplace, but this is one of the three mantels in the home that we did replace. It came out of a house that was also built in the early 1900s and was purchased from an antique dealer in the upstate.
We relocated the dining room and the dining room mantel to the first room on the left directly in front of the kitchen. Both the mantel and mirror were in great shape considering they were both original to the home. This fireplace was originally coal burning and the smallest one of the six.
What once was the original dining room now serves as a bedroom. As with all the fireplaces we loved the character and did not make many changes to it or the built in located beside it. Speaking of character, throughout the home you will notice that none of the wall or ceiling boards were caulked or filled in before painting. The homeowner insisted that we leave them as original as possible and I love the way they turned out. She was right again. She knew what would take place once Jimmy Wilson and his team at Wilson Refrigeration and A/C Service installed the new HVAC unit and turned it on for the first time. The expansion and contraction has began as this old house acclimates to this new technology!
In this same room, we kept another original built in and added a large 2 door closet since homes from this era had very little closet space. When we had to replace the existing locks with new ones, we leaned on Yvette with House of Antiques to supply the reproductions and Jeremiah and the folks at Irmo Lock to professionally install them. This allowed us to maintain that old world feel by adding functionality and security.
The home has 6 original fireplaces, with one in every bedroom, the kitchen, the dining room and living room. Three of the fireplace mantels are original to the home, the other three were sourced locally, along with additional doors and mirrors used to complete the renovation. Below is a portion of the master bedroom located in the back of the house which was once the kitchen. The fireplace mantel and the door to the right of it were purchased from Little Mountain Unlimited. The shoe closet was created to cover up a door that originally led into the dining room. We split the door in half to create easy access.
This is another of the three bedrooms. I know...they are all starting to look alike. That is all part of their charm, along with the fact that they each host a fireplace, original walls, doors and floors, and 11 foot ceilings with 200 square feet or more.
We enclosed the screened porch and removed the exterior wall that is now located between the laundry room and master suite.
What was a porch, is now a laundry room that allows you to access the back part of the house which has been converted into the Master Suite.
When moving and reinstalling the existing doors we added shiplap and new wood (sourced locally) that matched the original tongue and groove pine wall boards. All new wood needed was purchased from Tom with SC Lumber in West Columbia.
The blend of new wood on the back wall along with the original exterior porch siding on the right wall, though subtle, is such a great way of mixing the old with the new. Not to mention an old mirror, old sink, 100 year old heart pine countertop, new custom cabinets, washer and dryer.
While renovating this home to accommodate 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, one of the areas we were able to add modern touches was in the bathrooms. In two of them we added walk in showers with frameless glass doors we purchased from our go to glass company, Century Glass, on Broad River Road in Columbia. All tile work throughout the home was installed by Rene Rivas of All About Floors.
On a side note, Chuck Mayes, of Mayes Plumbing, is extremely patient with me on all of our projects, but I think I pushed him close to the edge on this one. I insisted on using the old original claw foot tub in the middle bath, old copper sink and faucet in the front bath and an old American Standard sink in the laundry room. All of them had their challenges, but in true Chuck "fashion" he stuck it out and managed to smile throughout the process. With the help of Lee Boozer of Heritage Custom Fabrication in Pomaria, we were able to come up with creative ways to ensure that these vintage pieces could be restored and reused.
This gray/black tumbled stone floor from The Tile Shop has become one of my favorite floors. Not only because it can be used in new and old homes alike, but because it s a great classic look that works with tons of color choices, even a bright turquoise vanity.
Sherwin Williams' 2018 paint color of the year, Oceanside Blue, steals the show in the master bath but has some serious competition from the antique gold faucets, vanity handles and accessories sprinkled throughout.
We discovered the tile used on the middle bathroom floors while trying to figure out a way to give the client a room that was unusual and eclectic. Originally I was leaning towards some type of old looking laminate, but when I found this I knew it was perfect. We loved it so much we used it on the pantry floors, as well. And, the best part is the client loves it! Besides from the laundry room and pantry this may be her favorite room in the house!
We kept all of the original doors and original locks, when possible, and reused them throughout the home. This door between the kitchen and dining room has its' original mortise lock that has rusted over time but with the help of an old school crystal knob still works perfectly!
The original front door, knob and all the original wavy glass, also known as crown glass, still welcomes guests as it did over 100 years ago...
When I made the decision to refurbish the original crank doorbell, I had no idea this would vastly become one of the most popular items of the renovation. Not only is it indicative of that time period, serves as a great conversational piece, but it is also functional. It can be heard all the way in the back of the house.
My daughter is one of those that is in awe of this simple, timeless device and to my dismay it is her FAVORITE part of this renovation. Forget the original 1st and 2nd generation heart pine floors, original hardware and the fact that the middle of this house is home to not 1 but 2 grand foyers covering over 35 linear feet between them!
Old Southern houses are known for their remarkable porches that extend the entire front length of the home and wrap around the sides. This home is no exception. The original wood floors were painted a natural gray while the original pine ceilings were painted Haint Blue, one of the few things the man of the home requested. Not only did they turn out great, but in the meantime they will help ward off spirits and spiders!
Hard to believe this is the same porch! Thanks to the efforts of Don Martin of Martin's Commercial and Industrial and his team what was once chipping and worn out (below) was sanded, painted and restored. Don patiently hung in there and helped breathe life back into this old house and porch by revealing and restoring its' original siding and porch floors.
Mirrors throughout home and copper sink below are gems we have found when antiquing and browsing online and in stores locally like ReFind and Old Mill Antique Mall.
The clients had some fantastic antique and vintage items in the shed and barns that are located on their property that were able to be reused during the renovation. For example, the unique 1920's American Standard wall mount sink that is now mounted in the laundry room and the two 1920's gold cast iron chandeliers that hang in the middle bathroom came out of one of the sheds on the property.
Salvaged, old wood removed from the exterior wall and from an old barn that had fallen down on the property were used to construct the kitchen island. A repurposed old green door found in one of the sheds on the property completed the front of the island.
The reclaimed heart pine wood top used on the island, in the laundry room and front bath vanity were created and installed by the folks at Dixie Heartpine in Prosperity. These items have become a focal point of this home transformation.
Additional leftover wood and one of the old existing windows was used to make a cabinet to hang in the master bathroom. Classic built in medicine cabinets allow for more storage while white quartzite countertops from Distinctive Surfaces finish the top of the custom double sink vanity.
The large barn door that leads into the master suite, also sourced locally, once hung in the SC Governor's mansion. The door was purchased from the The Warehouse in West Columbia. With the help of Yvette with House of Antiques we were able to keep and reuse the doors' original antique gold plate by adding a new reproduction porcelain knob.
We found all of the shutters that now hang on the front of the house in one of the barns on the clients' property. There were tons of them and they had obviously been up there for YEARS because they had the dirt to prove it!
Shutters and an old porch swing all cleaned up.