Hildring House Exterior Improvements – In Progress

Any home renovation project should involve exterior improvements, as well as snazzing up the interior, and Hildring House is no exception. Just to refresh your recollection, here is a shot of the exterior when we first bought the house:

Exterior before

Beginning of Exterior Improvements

We started with a new roof. And that required more destruction than you ordinarily would expect. You can’t really tell it in the above picture, but the shingles are metal, made to look like shake. I really don’t know how long they had been on the house but clearly it had been through multiple hailstorms. They were really beat up.

The worst part of the roofing situation, however, was that the fascia and underside of the eaves were clad with aluminum siding. I’m probably going to get nasty letters from the siding industry but, please, never do this to your house. I understand all of the arguments about it eliminating the need to paint. But the cost for that is deterioration of the wooden elements of the structure.

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Rotted eave structure

No matter how careful the installers are, no matter how much caulk they use, water will get under the metal and sit, unable to dry, rotting out the wood. Until you have this.

As the roof and cladding came off, an old pergola out back had to come down – it was in almost as bad shape as the rotted eaves. Here’s what the back looked like during demo of the metal and bad wood: Continue reading “Hildring House Exterior Improvements – In Progress”

The First Thing – Entryway Renovation – Hildring House

It’s the first thing you see when you come in the house – as a guest, that is. In this post, Debra talks about the entryway renovation at Hildring House. It has been through several iterations and, I have a feeling, isn’t done yet. But it’s miles better than it was. Here we go:

Inspiration

Let’s start with some entries that I admire:

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Domino

At Hildring House, we enter from the back- our garage is in back, and we are lucky enough to have a small entry hall at the garage entrance… Someday I’ll show it to you, but, very much like the front entrance, it has gone through a lot of changes and I’ve not hit on the “perfect” arrangement as of yet. Today, I’m going to show you the many versions of the front entry. Continue reading “The First Thing – Entryway Renovation – Hildring House”

Hildring House Kitchen on DesignSponge!

Our (well, Debra’s) Hildring House kitchen is featured on Design Sponge’s Before and After. Go take a look!

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Photo by Amber Shumake

Just in case you missed the link, find it here.

And the adventures continue!

Best –

Dan

Hildring House Long Overdue Laundry Room Post

First Hildring House Project Completed

Four months and many many dollars later… the laundry room is “finished”…. well, as finished as anything ever gets with me around. [This is Dan – I’ll be chiming in occasionally. Just can’t help myself, you know. I have to agree – “finished” is euphemistic for “reasonably satisfied for the moment but don’t get too used to it.”] So here is a long overdue laundry room post – with some good pictures by Trey Freeze.

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Photo by Trey Freeze

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SoMoToHo – Before and After – Fin

We’re continuing our interior look at the transformation of the SoMoToHo. Everything is going smoothly with the sale and shortly this home will belong to someone else. We hope that they will love it as much as we have loved creating it.

Let’s start in the library:

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Photo by Trey Freeze

 

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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Photo by Trey Freeze

Now we move on to the dining area.

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Photo by Trey Freeze

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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Photo by Trey Freeze

Here are a few of the family room:

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Debra and Effie contemplating what to do with this space.
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Photo by Trey Freeze

And now for the kitchen:

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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Effie was skeptical
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Photo by Trey Freeze

I’ll close with another shot of the exterior, just to say goodbye with.

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Photo by Trey Freeze

We’re very proud of the way this transformation turned out – I’m a lucky guy to be married to someone with Debra’s vision. We don’t know yet what the next project will be but, whatever it is, I hope you’ll come along with us – you make it much more fun!

Thanks for reading – see you next time!

Continue reading “SoMoToHo – Before and After – Fin”

SoMoToHo – Before & After – Installment Two

It’s time to step inside the SoMoToHo and show some pics of the interior transformation. Again, thanks to Trey Freeze for his lovely photographs and thanks to Shawn Cowdin for his help in bringing about this metamorphosis. So – without further ado and in no particular order, here we go.

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En suite bath in the upstairs master.
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After – same aspect.
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After – photo by Trey Freeze
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Upstairs Master – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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View from the en suite into the Master up. Photo by Trey Freeze
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Office – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Upstairs office nook – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Stairway – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Downstairs Master en suite – before
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Downstairs Master en suite – looking in from the bedroom
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Downstairs Master – before – this carpet was moved upstairs into the office.
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Downstairs Master after – photo by Trey Freeze
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Powder Bath – before
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Powder After – photo by Trey Freeze

We’ll continue our tour of the SoMoToHo interior in the next post – I hope you’ll come along for the rest – we love sharing this journey.

Thanks for reading!