Friday Favorite: Before, During and After of Ashley's House

Posted on September 02, 2011 by 1 | 2 Comments

Although it is hard to believe that any sane person would take on this job, we actually knew what we were getting into when we bought this ole house.  Little make over?  Not quite... Quick list of a few things this 100 year ol' baby got: COMPLETELY NEW FOUNDATION (43 PIERS TO BE EXACT TOTALLY REBUILT), WALLS OF THE BASEMENT TORN DOWN AND REBUILT, NEW BASEMENT STAIRS, ADDED BRAND NEW HVAC, COMPLETELY REWIRED, TOTALLY NEW PLUMBING, ALL FLOORS REFINISHED, NEW ROOF, NEW PAINT INSIDE AND OUT, ADDED A NEW PORCH AT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE TO MATCH THE FRONT, TONS OF ROTTEN WOOD REPLACED, KITCHEN AND BATHROOMS RENOVATED... One of the most appealing things about this property was it had hardly been touched since it was built.  The house has beautiful stained molding and large pocket doors that we couldn't pass up.  When we purchased the home, we knew the entire foundation would have to be replaced for the house to be level again.  Our fear was that the plaster would be irreparable after the structure was fixed.  Our fears were right on.  I was adamant that this beautiful stained molding (the whole reason behind buying the house) stay untouched.  Every contractor looked at me like I was insane.  It isn't exactly an easy job to remove the plaster, leave the lathe, leave the molding, and then add sheet rock.  I got lots of nice looks from lots of workers.  Here are a few pics of the process.  There are SOOOOOOOOO many pics of the progress, I have just focused on the front of the house for now.  More to come soon. [caption id="attachment_1898" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Original Pic of Front Door"][/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1902" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Original Entry Stairway.  How do you like that wall papered ceiling?"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1943" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Original Fireplace"][/caption]

Notice all the cracks and the plastic over the windows to help regulate the temperature.  There was not any central heating and air.  My favorite is the short drapery.  :) 

Remember Meredith's post last Friday about the green painted brick being reused on the chimney when it was you see where it came from.

[caption id="attachment_1929" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Original living room window. YES, that is PACKAGING TAPE holding the plaster on the wall!!"][/caption]


No more plaster...

 I can remember this day clearly.  My parents came from Baton Rouge to visit and walked through the house.  My ultra conservative Dad did not open his mouth.  Not one word.  I know he was thinking everything he taught me must have gone in one ear and out the other.  This was way too much risk for him!!  (Pretty intimidating for us too!)

[caption id="attachment_1933" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Sheetrock begins..."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1978" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Notice the new fireplace using the original bricks"][/caption]



[caption id="attachment_1935" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Finished foyer...although I'm not ever really finished.Finished living room, for the moment.Finished living room, for the moment."][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_1961" align="aligncenter" width="620" caption="Living Room"][/caption]

More to come soon.  Thanks for following along our crazy project.  It's been a long, fun ride...

Posted in Decorating, Friday Favorite, Living Room, Renovations, Walls



2 Responses

emily freeman
emily freeman

August 14, 2015

Dad loves the home; it is vintage like him!
Fortunately he can remember a few ventures of his own when his very ultra conservative, depression era Dad thought that he had lost his mind too.
Luckily most of them turned out well, just as this one has for Ashley and Barrett.

Gayle Kirby
Gayle Kirby

August 14, 2015

WHAT A JOB! It is truly amazing the transformation you have done. Does your daddy like the house now? Thank you so much for sharing your story and pictures…I look forward to seeing more.

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