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Vintage Life: Hello Flowers!

Everything is coming up roses!  As you’ve been following our progress on our 1920s bungalow renovation project, I thought you’d enjoy seeing the results of our landscaping efforts while everything was still in bloom at the end of the summer.

The grass came in pretty well, even though we still have quite a few weeds.  The baby grass was too fragile to put down weed killer this summer, so we’ll knock out all that crabgrass in the spring.  The caladiums were a riot of red, white and pink, but most of the other bulbs didn’t come in.  We added more ferns, hostas, blue hydrangeas, multi-color azealas, gardenias, and pink camellias.

In the bed to the left of the front porch, we have a Japanese magnolia with purple flowers, gardenias surrounding the magnolia, and (white, lavender, yellow/pink and red) rose bushes with boxwoods in front and clyera behind.

The bed to the right of the porch was extended to include a bed around a trellis.  The trellis isn’t quite all the way up yet, as we have to wait until we finish the screened porch to finish it.  However, you can see that we’ve framed out the screened porch.  The trellis is meant to give privacy and shade to the porch.  We planted jasmine and climbing roses around the trellis with boxwoods in front.

Look how great the sidewalk looks!

For my birthday, Greg bought me awesomely cool 1950s vintage porch furniture in the basketweave pattern (matches the sidewalk!).  We have 2 stationary chairs, 2 rockers, and a glider.  Of course, they all need to be sandblasted and powdercoated – but that is a project for the future (after we’ve moved in!)

Ta-da!  Are you impressed with our landscaping?  We are!  (We’re not for hire though, so don’t ask!  LOL)

This photo was taken the day we closed on our little “money pit”, over a year ago now.  We still have a long way to go, we’re still best friends, and we’re still smiling.

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Vintage Life: Good Fences…

We’ve knocked out quite a few big projects during our 1920s bungalow renovation.  At the same time, we’ve also been trying to get the yard under control.  I’ll post a few photos to remind you how much the yard resembled a jungle.  The next-door-neighbor swears absolutely no yard work was done for about 10 years.

Although you might not notice it, that is poison ivy underneath the handicap ramp and completely covering the back yard.

Greg and I estimate we hauled about 9,000 pounds (4.5 tons) of leaves and vines, in addition to all of the limbs, from the back yard to the front yard.  We actually got in a fight with the City of Newberry about how much landscaping debris is allowed to be picked up from a residence.  We argued that since the former owner did not put out any debris for years, we had a credit coming to us, and besides, didn’t the City *want* us to clean up this property?  In the end, our neighbors on either side allowed us to divide the piles into thirds, and then the City had to pick it all up.  #Winning.

Yes, you may have noticed that we also put up a privacy fence along the left property line that joined to an existing privacy fence along the back.  There is currently a chain link fence along the right property line that we plan to replace in the future.  We also planted small arborvitae evergreen trees along the sides of the backyard, which should grow 15+ feet tall.

This shot was obviously taken before we put up the new exterior siding.  I wanted to show you how it looked after we cleaned up the front yard, but before we started landscaping – in the next blog.

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Vintage Life: Let there be Light!

Now that we’ve redesigned our 1920s bungalow, replaced all the subfloors, built new walls and closets, and added pocket doors and new windows, we’re ready to re-wire the house.  Remember the exposed wiring?

Inside the walls were the fabric-covered wires originally installed when the house was built.  Obviously we needed to re-wire the entire house for safety.  We now have a new 200 amp service instead of the original 60 amp box.

We have light switches galore throughout the house.

Here’s a view of the wiring in the upstairs that runs under the floor.

And we have light!  We’ve installed can lights in the ceilings in most rooms with dimmer switches.  We’ve also installed junction boxes in the middle of the ceilings in most rooms for chandeliers or ceiling fans.

But not only did we re-wire the whole house, we actually re-built the electrical connection to the house.  I really hated the ugly electrical, cable, and telephone wires that ran from the pole, over the driveway, and attached to the roof of the house.  So we asked the city to install a new pole, which you can see below to the right of the old pole.

Next we dug a trench from the new pole to the side of the house where we had installed a meter base.

 

We ran conduit and then filled in the trench.  The city came out, snaked the new electrical service through the conduit, and then installed a new electric meter.  The city building inspector came out to take a look and we passed our first inspection!

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Vintage Life: Windows & Doors

 

We’ve changed the flow in our 1920s bungalow renovation, and now we’re changing the doors and windows too.  Greg and I love pocket doors, and even though they aren’t original to the house, we’ve decided to add them everywhere.  Below is the pocket door that will slide open and closed between the master bedroom and the master bathroom.

We are re-using as many of the original doors in the house as we can.  The one above still needs to be sanded and repainted, but we used it as a sample to make sure we were putting in the frames correctly.  Below is the installed pocket door frame between the laundry room and the master bathroom.

The former owner had already replaced most of the original windows in the house.  However, he had purchased the absolute cheapest ones available, and they really didn’t open and close very easily at all. 

You know how sometimes you mean to just pick up the house a bit, and then end up, hours later, having cleaned the whole house from top to bottom?  Okay, maybe that doesn’t happen to you, but because I am obsessive/compulsive, it does happen to me.  If I’ve done this, then I might as well do this too.  And then I might as well do that too, and then…

That is how we ended up replacing all of the windows in our little bungalow.  We’d come too far to put up with mediocre windows.  So even though it wasn’t in our original budget, we now have nice windows that slide up and down and open and close smoothly and easily.  I also took the opportunity to make the kitchen window much bigger – it is now 4 feet wide by 4 feet high.

Take a look back at the original dark, ugly family room with paneling, yellow and green patterned linoleum, and old windows.

 

And now check out the sliding glass doors in our sun room – so much more light!  There will be a deck off the doors to the left where Greg will grill up delicious food while enjoying a beer.  The doors to the right will open onto a screened porch, which I know my cats will enjoy.

I’m really looking forward to growing orchids, African violets, and all sorts of houseplants in my sun room!

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Vintage Life: Mack-Daddy Man Loft

 

Greg is so excited about the upstairs in our 1920s bungalow, as this space will be his mack-daddy man loft where he will be able to play and record music to his heart’s content.  This space will also act as a guest bedroom when family or friends come to town.

On the far side of that chimney column where you see a window, we will add a full bath with another vintage clawfoot tub.  On this side of the chimney, we’ll build a wall and that is where the widescreen TV will hang for unfettered X-box playing and Gamecock football watching.  Greg’s office and computer will be up here too.

We had to pull down all the sheet rock and insulation that the former owner installed up here, but we’ll re-use that insulation as a sound buffer between the floors. 

Remember where we pointed out areas of water damage to the ceilings in the front bedroom and back family room?  We thought it was from a roof leak, but in fact, the truth is much more surprising – and totally disgusting. 

See the area to the left of the image above – where you can see old insulation between the ceiling joists?  The former owner allowed a dog (or dogs?) to use that same area on the opposite side of the attic as a yard. 

What the… what?!  That’s right, there was so much dog poop and pee in the old insulation that it actually caused water damage to the ceilings below!  Barf-a-rama.  I will spare you visuals on this one.

Although it didn’t stink anymore because the attic heat had baked all the poop into rock-hard pellets, it is clear that we had to get all this nastiness out of the house!  Guess who got that job?  Greg pointed out that because I am so short (5 foot 2.5 inches), it would be much easier for me to crawl up into the far corners of the eaves.  uh huh.

We didn’t actually get an action shot, but of course I wore gloves, a mask, and glasses and used a super shop-vac to suck it all up and dump into garbage bags.  I think I filled up about 50 contractor bags full.  I can’t imagine what ServPro would have charged to clean it up.

I also found two perfectly preserved squirrel skeletons and enough acorns to last the winter.  A friend pointed out that I could have sold those squirrel skeletons on Ebay.  It didn’t occur to me at the time, but she is right – they go for about $15 each!

Check out the new windows in the back of the loft that look out over the backyard. You’ll have to come back to see what happens next!

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Vintage Life: Change the Flow

 

We’re really enjoying figuring out how to best use the space in our 1920s bungalow.  We’re taking down walls, adding closets and bathrooms, and making the whole house flow better. 

Today we’ll start in the former family room that had the beautiful yellow and green patterned linoleum at the back of the house.  I’m planning to make this room a sun room that is really part of a large kitchen space.  The kitchen table will go in front of the fireplace.

To the left of the fireplace is the new pantry, which is on the backside of the linen closet in the master bathroom suite. This area used to be a doorway to the second bedroom with the green painted floors.

Turn to your left and you’re looking into the kitchen, which doesn’t look like much yet.

The old pantry used to be in the far left corner, however we’ve decided to completely change the flow and make that space a mudroom with a new door that will access the new garage we have planned.

You can see the new mud room with the new door a little better from the other side, which is the old garage addition that we plan to tear down.  You’ll really have to use your imagination at the moment, but we plan to build an addition on the back of the house that will include a two-car garage (on the other side of that door), a large second bedroom/my yoga and arts & crafts studio that will extend out 12 feet past the size of this old garage addition (where you’re standing), and a large screened porch area that will attach to the sun room (to the right) directly behind the house. 

You might be wondering what that area is to the right corner of this image. It is the new full bath with shower for the guest bedroom/yoga and arts & crafts studio, which is where that old nasty utility room used to be!  Remember the rotting floors and mold?  All gone now with new joists under those subfloors.

You’ll have to come back for the next blog to see what’s happening upstairs!

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Vintage Life: Master Bedroom Suite

 

Next up on the bungalow renovation project schedule:  change the flow throughout the house.

Originally the front room did not have access to the front bedroom.  The previous owner had added a door to the left of the fireplace, but we thought traffic would flow better with the door to the right of the fireplace.  We plan to use the front room as our living room and the TV will hang above the fireplace.

The front bedroom will be our master bedroom and I requested a floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelf, which will run along the right wall as you walk through the door from the front room to the bedroom.  The space for the bookshelf was stolen from the room that used to be the only bathroom in the house.

The former bathroom and part of the former hallway will now be a master walk-in closet.  On the far side of the closet, which used to be hallway, will now be a half bathroom accessible from the front room.

You’ll walk from the front bedroom, through the master walk-in closet to the…

…new master bathroom suite, which used to be the second bedroom with green painted floors.  To the left, you see the beginning of a separate private room for the toilet.  We’ll move the firebox up two feet, which will then be eye level when you’re soaking in the vintage cast iron clawfoot tub that will be to the right of the toilet room, right in front of the fireplace.

Keep an eye on that work bench so that you stay oriented in the next photo.  This is the rest of the master bathroom suite.  Where there used to be a doorway to the left that went to the family room, there is now a linen closet.  In the right far corner will be a large walk-in shower and directly to your right will be a double sink vanity.  Straight ahead was the former second bedroom’s closet.  That area under the stairs will now be the utility room with washer and dryer, accessible from both the master bathroom and the kitchen.

I love my master bedroom suite with walk-in closet and huge bathroom with shower and bathtub!  I haven’t lived in a house with a bathtub for eight years – I am so excited to finally be able to take bubble baths again!  Calgon, take me away!

 

Come back for the next blog to find out how we’re changing the flow in the rest of out little 1920s bungalow!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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