Hawthorne House- The house that started it all

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This is a special project because while we had remodeled and built several projects in the past, this was the springboard for 6th Ave Homes. This was a 1400 sqft, 1921 single family home that had been remodeled in the 50’s and multiple times during the 80’s and 90’s. This foreclosure was in need of some work. 

As you can tell from the above picture, the exterior needed a complete overhaul. New roof, New rails, and a ton of Siding and Trim Repair. We decided to go with a bright light blue exterior paint to match the eclectic style of the surrounding Fairmount Neighborhood.

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This chandelier was original to the house and we couldn’t stand to lose it but didn’t go with the rest of the house once it was remodeled. We decided to clean it up and add it to the front porch to give it a little bit of Fairmount flair.

We decided to get the bathroom back to the original style of the 20's and added in the black and white hexagon tile for the floor, subway tile around the shower, and 4ft high bead board around the walls. Bead board around the walls always helps to add a little bit of texture while keeping a clean look. 

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The kitchen had been remodeled so many times over the years that there wasn't much to salvage other than the upper cabinets, which were hardwood and in good condition. match the lowers with them. We added in more cabinets and built-ins around the refrigerator to give it more storage while taking out a fixture and installing can lights to give it a more open feel.

In most old houses, you will find the original wood flooring running vertical throughout the living and dining rooms. Like the rest of this house, the original wood flooring had been torn up and replaced with vinyl wood which had already been warping. Since the ceilings had been lowered in a previous remodel, we decided to lay the wood horizontal to make the living and dining feel a little bigger and spacious. We also decided to go with a very light stain to give the same effect.

 

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Family Kitchen Remodel - Fun or Nightmare?

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If you look at pictures like this and there's something inside you that says, "I want to to that...I can do that, then you have every bit of skill set that you need to do what we do. The best training ground for future fixer-uppers and DIYer's is Your Own Home. This is the cheapest way to learn and master your trade and chances are, your quality will be just as good because you will take that extra time and attention the project needs to make it just right. It will always take a little bit longer and definitely cause some stress, but it's an option that definitely should be considered before hiring a contractor. I made this post because this is a very typical and telling progression of the average kitchen remodel. 1) Started as an easy 4 week project 2) Turned into a 12 week nightmare 3) Later turned into a very happy and pleased family. Hope you enjoy!

Our family hosts friends and family at our house 3-4 times a week at a minimum. After a few years of this, we began to save up some money because we knew the first big remodel project was going to be our kitchen. The end goal was to make our kitchen our second living room. To do this, our first project was to widen and raise all 4 archways around the kitchen to give it an incredibly open feel.

The pictures above are the before and after of the demo and framing portions. The hardest part of the demo and framing portions is not knowing where the electric and plumbing are being run. Just remember that every wall you want to "blow out" comes with extra cost and labor to move your existing plumbing and electric to another wall. 

Here was our full kitchen and dishwasher for about 10 weeks. I'm not saying that doing a complete kitchen remodel with a 1 and 3 year old was the best decision on my part but we definitely had to get creative. Needless to say, our eating out bill was maxed out for a few months. 

When you get to the floors, trim and cabinets, you start to feel like you are almost to the finish line. Everything starts to really come together. In fact, at this point, both Waverlee and I were pretty tired of this project and forgot to even take pictures of when we installed the appliances and painted the cabinets just because we were so ready to take our kitchen back.

We salvaged what cabinets that we could and matched the stain and tied into the existing wood floors to give it an even flow from room to room. We bought 1920's trim and molding as a nod to the neighborhood that we live in; which is predominantly all homes built in the 20's. Also, you can't pick up that type of trim at your local hardware store. Lastly, we installed 6 can lights in the kitchen to give it more light since we doubled the space. 

Naturally, I had my helpers with me. Their specialty is demo if you are interested in hiring. 

Below are the final touches. We painted the cabinets an _____ and the walls to the dining and kitchen ______. We bought used scratch and dent appliances and saved over 50% off the retail value. The one area we splurged on was the tile. We bought ____ Daltile for the back splash and don't regret a cent of it.  A few lights from Old Home Supply and our kitchen was set. Our nightmare was over and we learned a ton from it. Enjoy the final pics!