Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Church Street Reno

On Tuesday our renovation story was featured on Desire to Inspirebeing a perfectionist and frustrated editor/art-director I wanted to share it here in my own way for those of you who did not see it. If you have been following for a while, some of the interiors will be familiar, but I suspect you will be surprised by what they looked like when we bought the house.

Built in 1913, it was a traditional and modest Vermont village house with a single-story, one room 1980’s addition accessed from the kitchen. There had been few improvements made (no existing duct work directing heat to the second floor, just a large grate in the floor of one of the bedrooms allowing heat to rise from room below) and anything that had been added was displeasing (rough built-ins and an ill-positioned wood stove.)

Here is Church Street as we first saw it:


And after the work.

We built an addition containing a mudroom, powder room and garage on the first level and an office, laundry room and master bedroom suite above. The addition was designed in the vernacular of the original portion and of this region. It replicates how this style of house would have historically evolved as rural families grew. We copied details from the old section, such the flat panel interior doors and oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and used them in the new section.


We took some walls down to the studs, moved doors to make spaces more functional, and gutted the second floor bathroom as well as the addition.

In the original kitchen was the door to the basement. We sealed that up to make room for more cabinets and created a new access from the garage.


This was the former addition off the kitchen that had been a bedroom suite:


And the area during the demolition:


The new kitchen.

The actual cooking area is quite small compared to that in our old house where we had a 48" (double oven, six burner plus grill) stove. Prior to to planning this renovation I had spent a week with my sister in England where we produced exquisite meals in her even smaller London kitchen and I realized we didn't need big appliances to eat well.



The original dining room from which we removed the built-in cupboard, wood-stove and brick surround:




And after.

Throughout the house we upgraded the crown molding and baseboards to a more substantial size but one that was still in keeping with the proportions of the rooms.



The Living Room before. We took out the bookcase that was not worth saving.



And after.

Throughout the house the floors were sanded down and finished with a water-based polyurethane that has a matte finish.



The second floor had three small rooms (one was very small) and a bathroom that also housed the washer and dryer. We turned the tiny room (the green room at right) into a closet and connected it to the center room and we flipped the closet from that room into the bedroom on the left.

The landing before:


And after.

We kept the walnut flooring we found on the second floor. It was in good condition so the expense of replacing it was unjustifiable. I like floors either very dark or very light and I decided I could live with some of each.


Cutting into the tiny room that became a closet.


Flipping the existing closet to the other room.


And our daughters bedrooms.

Sophie resembles and shares her father's gregarious and ebullient personality. Serena resembles me and shares my quiet and introspective nature. Which room do you think belongs to whom?




The girls' bathroom before:


During the demo:


And after.

We created a linen closet in the bathroom by claiming a space originally accessed by a small door in the hall outside.


Efforts to tighten up the old part of the house included replacing all the windows with energy efficient ones in the same ‘six over one’ configuration of the originals and insulating the foundation. It was aesthetics that made it essential for me to replace the exterior cedar shakes with wood clapboards.


When we bought the house I thought it looked like a sea shanty. It was a sad and neglected ugly duckling, and to someone else it might have been a tear-down, but I knew right away we could make it beautiful.




If you are interested in seeing the additional rooms in the new part of the house they can be found here.

42 comments:

  1. such a sensitive and cerebral renovation. A beautiful new "old" house. Bravo

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  2. Ok…this is the first post I've read in DAYS!!! Day's since my laptop crashed and died! This is the best post I've read in forever! I'm so thrilled with all that you have shown us! What a great renovation! We did this same thing to a house that was 110 years old…and a farmhouse at that! It was a favorite project of mine!! Your work is incredible and I love the finished product!!! Part of me wants to go through this process all over again! You did an incredibly great job!! Love your girl's bedrooms! They definitely reflect two different personalities! Isn't that great? Thanks for sharing all of this with us!

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  3. Phyllis, you are a visionary. What a gift. Many continued blessings xob

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  4. So, so beautiful! What an amazing transformation. I love the soft, serene colour scheme throughout, I love the curtain between the dining room and kitchen, it really warms the space up, I love the different moods of your daughters' rooms (you must have had some insight into their personalities when you picked their names too). I also love that you've been sensitive to the traditional roots of the home. Well done. x Sharon

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  5. Wow! Looks great, the light colors are great picks, they really opened up the rooms with brightness! So pretty!


    Brooke

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  6. AMAZING!!!!! It is literally an astounding transformation...this shows what a great imagination, excellent taste and common sense cna accmomplish (thrown in with I am sure lots of patience)!! So beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Phyllis you are an amazing visionary! Your home is stunning and not sure I would have walked into your home in its previous state and seen the possibilities. Your home is now functional for today’s living, light and bright, stunning. We drive up to White River Junction from time to time to a favorite salvage yard and will have to call next time we’re up there since I noticed you aren’t to far away.

    XXX
    Debra~

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  8. you sure have the magic touch..it's all amazing!
    Bec x

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  9. Congratulations, Phyllis. You have created a beautiful home...elegant and approachable. Your design aesthetic is enviable.
    Best...Victoria

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  10. What an absolutely stunning transformation! So beautiful, elegant and light! I adore your girls bedrooms, my twin girls are currently sharing, but these are such beautiful inspiration for when the time comes for them to have their own 'grown up' rooms - truly lovely - you must be so proud!
    Paula xxx

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  11. Gorgeous! I just pinned some of your images for inspiration!

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  12. Congratulations on a job well done, Phyliss! Going to scroll back and study each image slowly. Your aesthetic is elegant and refined, very appealing.

    We also did a whole house remodel 20 years ago. We had to sadly leave the house when my husband changed jobs. The process of remodeling an old house was the most fun, creative thing I have ever done. We flip-flopped the dining room and kitchen spaces, opened up rooms by removing walls, added on a family room, mudroom, second floor bedroom and laundry. French doors were added to every first floor room. I miss that house, especially the mudroom and second floor laundry! Hope you get to enjoy your beautiful home for years and years!

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  13. Just beautiful!!! I'm in awe. What a gorgeous transformation. Phyllis you are so talented! What a wonderful home you have lovingly created. Thank you for sharing!
    take care, Robin

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  14. I too am in awe - I never tire of seeing pictures of your house, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the before and afters! I loved the daughter room pictures, as I have a similar situation in my house - with three girls, each with her own distinct personality and temperament, it is amazing to me how different their rooms are. I am doing the finishing touches on daughter #2's room - she is the one with the bubbly personality, loves pattern but also loves soothing colors - she is also a bit of a mess and likes her room to be chock full of 'stuff'. My daughter #3 is more introspective, her room is lovely but very spare - by her own choice - she does not like clutter and excess. Daughter 1 is somewhat in between.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!

    - Holly

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  15. Love everything you have done to this house, Phyllis, and almost from the ground up too. Colors are so serene and furniture so appropriate. Do you feel like moving right in? One thing I have always wondered about designing - do you get so involved in the design house that your own house gets neglected? Afraid that would happen to me
    b

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  16. Phyllis you have accomplished an incredible transformation, so elegant and considered, you must be thrilled with the results of all your hardwork and attention to detail.
    Paul

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  17. Phyllis,
    I really admire how you were able to artfully craft your home into such a serene and welcoming environ.
    Lovely.
    pve

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  18. Just lovely, indeed.

    best, teaorwine

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  19. My gosh Phyllis,
    What a fabulous renovation project.
    You must be so proud and we are privileged to be able to share these images with you.
    Hope you have a lovely day,
    Lizx

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  20. wow - phyllis - this is STUNNING. im so impressed with how you made this from what you saw when you first bought it. i just love everything. from the swedish sophistication to the neutrals and just overall warms you get from the cool colors.

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  21. Love & use those fibre-clay planters too.

    A blessing for this home, the timing of these owners.

    Beautiful.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  22. Phyllis - I want to come visit next spring! See your beautiful house in person, and go antiquing for folk art. You all did an amazing renovation. It went from dark and awkward to fresh and gorgeous!! Many old houses have pine, fir or some sort of soft wood flooring on the upper levels. You are fortunate to have walnut....that's a beautiful wood. I love the ladder going up to the loft(?). Really cool ~ well done, you!
    xoxo
    Loi

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    1. YES! I forgot to mention the ladder. How awesome is that?! I am also pleased that you had the courage to keep two distinct floors- both dark and light! It makes the space! xo

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  23. Beautiful transforamation. Love the sanded floors, the natural finish is so pretty. The dining room is my favorite room love the checks and the color scheme, beautiful job,
    Kathysue

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  24. What a talent to see a house in that condition and transform it into something dreamy. Everything is just lovely and in perfect taste.

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  25. Hi! I'm Ally from Home by Ally! LOVING the remodel, you did amazing! I loved the tour. I blog about repurposing furniture, home decor, diy projects and the life of being a military wife. Come on by on FB at www.facebook.com/homebyally and on the blog at www.homebyally.blogspot.com! Would love it if you stopped by! XOXO

    Ally

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  26. Hi Phyllis! This is an amazing space! You truly transformed it! Your "story" with the juxtaposition of the before and afters was JUST perfect. I am so glad you are a frustrated editor, because I really love seeing the spaces in the raw. You did a fantastic job!!! I can see how much the space reflects you and your design sensibility. Cheers!!! Great blog!! xoxo, K

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  27. I love seeing the before and after pictures. You've transformed the ugly duckling into the beautiful swan (figuratively speaking). So calm and serene. The addition just gives the home such a finished look. Great job.
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

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  28. Your home is beautiful and I always enjoy seeing photos of it. The transformation is amazing! Such a wonderful place to raise a family. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. I'm so glad to have found your blog! So much inspiration.
    Deborah

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  29. You did such a spectacular job...such vision. Nothing like those old floors, right?

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  30. A;though I also enjoy the "sea shanty'....the final results knocked my socks off...wish I had that kind of a budget!! Your work is inspiring.

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  31. Phyllis your home is absolutely exquisite. I love the way you incorporated the addition in the style of the house. Some additions look like appendages if you know what I mean? I love your dining room curtains and I love that you curtained the entry to the kitchen so you can close off the dirty dishes when needed! It was such a pleasure to see the whole thing.

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  32. Amazing transformation!! What a wonderful job you did ! Loved your home before but seeing how you have renovated it makes me love it even more!! xo leslie

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  33. Just found your blog & so glad I did! Just spent several hours going through as many posts as possible! LOVE your home & what you have done with it. I am in the process of renovating my new (older) home, can't wait to tear out my kitchen! I live in the Northern Va area so I enjoyed reading all your posts about Tone on Tone,, Ekster & Oliver Dunn...def some of my favoritee spots! I am also a lover of French & Swedish antiques...check out my blog when you get a chance.
    Blessings
    Heidi

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  34. What a difference...Love what you did. You took a house and made it a beautiful home! Great job!

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  35. Oh my goodness!! I'm in awe right now... it's absolutely stunning!! You're so amazingly talented!!! Everything is so soothing and perfect in every way!! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Desiree

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  36. It is so, so beautiful. Just love seeing the transformation and the serene and inviting feel. I just love the girls bedrooms...perfect for each personality!!

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  37. Wow! I now have hope for my house:) I don't think we'll be doing so much since we'll only be here for a fee years though!

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  38. I really like the colours of the last picture, do you have the paint colour brand/names? thanks!

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    1. Hi Chris, the exterior paints are Benjamin Moore HC-170 'Stonington Grey' with trim in 'Brilliant White.' The door is "Platinum Grey' in high gloss.
      All best,
      Phyllis

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  39. Amazing work Phyllis…wish we could access the Benjamin Moore paints easily here…love the Stonington Grey and the Platnium Grey

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