We are about to take possession of our third fixer upper and I am both excited and horrified. You can see before and afters of our first two below and the story behind our next project, The Holly House.
Our first To The Studs project: The McKinley House
Our second To the Studs project: The Plateada House
And…Introducing our next baby: The Holly House.
We are taking it down to the studs. My husband GC’s all of our projects and does much of the work himself, such as laying the floors, plumbing, framing, hanging the cabinets, tree trimming, landscaping, landscape lighting etc. He juggles our remodels and his full time job, which means I get to exercise my patience. This does not typically go well. But hey, this time could be different.
The home was built and designed in 1956 by famous architect, Joseph Kowalski. It was the second home he designed. He and his family lived in it until he passed away. He left the home to his daughters and they have now sold it to us. There has not been a single renovation done on the Holly House since it was originally built.
We are planning to do a comfort meets industrial style remodel. Which we’ve never done before so it might end up being a country/industrial/modern disaster. Who knows.
You can view some of our ideas on my Pinterest board Holly House Doors and Windows or Holly House Kitchen. Though much work needs to be done and it will be impossible to maintain the exact feel of what Joseph Kowalski did, we are going to try and work something into every room that maintains the integrity of his name. For example the piece he designed over the fireplace in the main room, the glass cabinets he used in the kitchen as well as the beautiful hood over the stove. He was an amazing architect and we want to keep his spirit alive in our house.
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One of my favorite pieces from our previous house is our DIY pot rack. We used an antique curtain rod and antique hay picks.