Shannon Berrey

Tackling a renovation

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'm getting ready to start a major renovation for a 2nd-home client. It's a beautifully preserved 30 year old mountain home that needs some updating. It's so full of potential and the views from the enormous porches are just about the best of any that I have seen. Collecting all of my ideas for this project has had me revisiting one of my favorite remodels done by the Hellman's in upstate NY.

This is what the 106 year old looked like when they first discovered it. The 6,000-square-foot building had been converted into six apartments and had stood abandoned for 25 years. Now I love a challenge, but, Holy Cow!! These brand new parents were not daunted. They removed the yellow asbestos shingles and discovered well-preserved clapboard.  

And this is the beautiful 'after' with a new paint job, roof, windows (all 57 of them), and a new porch.


They closed in the back door and replaced it with a fabulous oven. It doesn't appear that the size of the room was changed. But the custom buttery yellow cabinets with the glass paned doors sure makes the space feel bigger.

I love the double Restoration Hardware pendants over the island
 {Unfortunately these are no longer available}. 

For 14 months the family lived in a nearby hotel while basically stripping the insides to the studs. After the walls came down and the linoleum came up, they discovered pine floors and great paneling on the side of the staircase.

Is this not a great entryway?! I am always amazed at the transformation paint can make! Not only is their restoration work fantastic, but, their furnishings are so respectful of the age and style of the home. They scoured flea markets to collect all that great artwork. I love their 'rules' behind it---each piece must cost less than $100 and it must include a house!
 {check out the pheasant on the newel post}   



The home didn't have a master suite since it had been divided into 6 residences.
 After the reno, it had not only a master bath, but 3 and a half other baths and 6 bedrooms.

 We are still in the beginning planning stages of my clients remodel-- collecting all of our bids, dicussing all of our options. This is actually one of my favorite parts of a project!     

*click here, if you want to see more pictures from this great remodel from Country Living 

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Leah commented on 21-Oct-2010 05:47 PM

anna see commented on 04-Nov-2010 07:41 PM
I saw that one in C.Living and do believe I am IN LOVE!
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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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