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Vintage Life: We’re Plumb Crazy!

I’ve let too much time pass since my last post and in the meantime we’ve just celebrated our one year anniversary of buying our little disaster/bungalow.  However, you still aren’t caught up on all of our hard work!

After we finished re-wiring the house, the next major project was to re-plumb the whole house.  The original cast iron and copper pipes were leaking and rusted in some areas, so we ripped out all of the original pipes during the demolition phase and sold them for scrap metal.

We started at the connection to the city’s water line at the street and dug a trench through the front yard.  We ran all new PVC/CPVC pipes from the street to under the house.

We’ve brought the pipes up through the floor and capped them in the master bathroom. This is where the double-sink vanity will go.

And most importantly, we can finally flush!  Whew, what a relief.

I’ve already shown you the bathroom we built in what used to be the utility room, that will now serve as a guest bath to the guest bedroom that we haven’t built yet on the back of the house.  It now has water connections for the toilet, sink, and shower too, although they are not shown in the photo.

The bathroom in the upstairs loft is also beginning to take shape as we run the plumbing there too.

I didn’t take photos, but we also put in a half guest bath off the front room, in part of the area that used to be the central hall.  When we purchased the house, it had two bedrooms and one bath.  When we’re done (maybe a year from now?!), it will have 3 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 baths.  How’s that for improving the space?!

 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: Bungalow Demolition!

Have you ever dreamed of working out your frustrations with a sledgehammer?  Well my husband and our handyman, Frank, did just that in our 1920s bungalow renovation project.  First to go was that startling yellow-gold front room – down to the studs.

You can already see that the front bedroom in two shades of blue was next to go.

Remember the second bedroom with the seafoam green floor?  Recognize it now?

Beyond the fireplace, you can see the family room.  Here’s another shot with that ugly wood paneling on its way out.

We had started deconstructing the whack-a-do fireplace in this photo.

A look toward the kitchen and you’re starting to see what a big mess we’ve created!

Nasty kitchen cabinets are gone – ugly wood paneling is next.

Hallway, schmallway.

We were very excited to find that beneath the popcorn-textured drop-ceiling was the original 10 ft. high beadboard ceiling throughout the entire house!  Here is a view of it in the dining room – it is in mostly very good shape with some areas of water damage in the front bedroom and family room that can be replaced.

Out the front door, you can see the 10-yard construction dumpster that we used to get rid of all of the debris.

Wow – what have we done?  Can we re-build this disaster back into a home?  The demolition phase took about two months and we filled up our 10 yard dumpster three times.  Although we knew it needed to be done, we certainly wondered if we had reached a whole new level of crazy. 

Just in case you are a purist and are now furious with us about this demolition, we do not intend to do a historical restoration to our house.  We are renovating and remodeling to make it more comfortable for us and to suit our lifestyle.  However, we do love vintage and antique things and our home will reflect that.  We will restore the original ceiling.  We plan to use vintage cast-iron tubs in the bathrooms.  We’ll re-use the original doors, and re-purpose some of the original beadboard as wainscoting.  And of course, there will be a great number of pieces of antique furniture and vintage accessories from our favorite resource for exceptional European and Asian Antiques – EuroLuxAntiques.com.

So check back in to see what happens next!

 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: Look Inside the Bungalow 3

 

Thanks for joining me again as I show you around our 1920s bungalow renovation project.  We’ve already seen the outside, and looked around inside in part one and part two.  I left you standing in the family room with the outstanding avocado green and harvest gold patterned linoleum floor.  We were about to head out that door to the left to see the utility room and garage, so let’s go.

We believe this area was the original back porch of the house, as the walls are plank siding. It is possible this area may have been a  bathroom, as bathrooms were commonly installed on the back porch of houses of this era.

You’ve probably noticed the exposed wires running along the wall and the exposed plumbing. The whole house will need to be rewired for and re-plumbed for safety.  The floor is about to give way due to water damage and is quite moldy – don’t stomp your feet!

Continue through the door out to the garage and behold the black mold growing on the rafters.  This garage was an addition that the prior owner (shoddily) built over a poured concrete floor.  The door goes out to the driveway.

The window looks back into the utility room.  I really like that vintage blue enamel gamecock – I’m keeping him, but everything else out here has to go.

The door straight ahead goes out to a partially built bathroom that the prior owner never finished.  Go back through the door to the left, through the utility room, kitchen, and dining room.  I’ll meet you at the bottom of the stairs in the hallway.

The prior owner started quite a few projects, but didn’t seem to finish very many of them.  Converting the attic to livable space is a great idea, but it requires a staircase to get there.  The prior owner knocked through the hallway and used the space in the second bedroom’s closet to get there – that’s the seafoam green floor of the second bedroom you see to the right of the stairs.

He didn’t finish, but the prior owner had started to build a bedroom in the far area of the attic and was planning to leave space for storage on either side of the main area.

This room looks out over the front of the house to the front yard, and the brick fireplace goes right through the middle of the room.

Looking back out toward the stairs, we can see that the prior owner wasn’t very adept at hanging drywall.  Hmmm, what was he planning to do to about the ceiling?

He also made a little closet next to the bedroom. Unfortunately, he only used R17 insulation behind the drywall in the whole attic conversion project. In a hot climate like South Carolina, we’ll need to use R35 or spray foam insulation to keep the heat out.

Although converting the attic to livable space is a wonderful feature, the work has been so poorly done that we’ll need to pull it all down and start over. Luckily the stairs are well-built and will stay.

So now that you’ve seen the “before” photos – do you think we’re crazy? 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next blog post to see what happens next!

 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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