Craftsman Cottage Culmination
It was a standout but not in a good way. Painted a bright coral with trim the color of blue painters tape. I knew the house was in disrepair. I never knew how bad until I purchased it. The original wooden floors had been neglected to the point they were gone. Patched over in layers of linoleum and plywood along with pet stained carpet. Never intending to replace the siding wood and windows, those eventually had to go too. Beyond salvageability. At this point, I discovered the plumbing and sewer had to be replaced as well as the electrical in addition to more piers and shoring. In essence, I bought a lot, a partial frame and a claw foot tub but the leg came off of it too.
So time to plan the renaissance. I tried to buy direct but was unsuccessful. I was forced to pay more and buy from the developer who had plans to turn it into a zero lot line camelback. I had other plans. I wanted to make it as functional as possible while being true to the original cottage but making it functional for today's times. I started with the idea of Airbnb but with the intent of maybe even living there myself one day so I did it to my usual standards, not just your average rental. To me it spoke to me with the essence of a country farmhouse in the city. Feature photos show custom lawnmower lamps and transformer lamps by my late father along with a French antique butcher block, my custom designed coffee bag coffee table with baluster legs and milk bottle side table. Custom live edge black walnut dining ledge at table height with waterfall black diamond honed granite counter. Italian black chairs with rush seats. Slipcovered sofa and antique French swivel chair with faux chinchilla seat. Art shows original hand-hewn nails in a shadowbox frame procured from the site during the renovation.
Once I got into it I had to sister all of the rafters as the original ones were not large enough to carry the load. Added insulation and then made the roof line consistent and added a porch while flipping the shotgun configuration to put the bedroom on the back and move the bathroom up. Taking a window and putting in a door so you don't have to go through the bedroom to get to the back yard. There were no closets so a pantry was added along with a reclaimed door, custom cabinets, custom taller doors, all new custom millwork and two master closets with a built-in along with counter depth washer and dryer and folding/drying rack along with utility closet in the hall and Cat5/cable wires throughout. Whitewashed v groove ceiling was added throughout. The wall was taken down between the living room and kitchen to create a more open feel. Recessed cans were added along with custom fans and fixtures. Painted ceiling wood recovered from the front two rooms was used on the floor and bleached and pickled to prevent the pine from being orange and make it look like white oak. Reclaimed sourced wood to match was procured for the bedroom while it was broken up with cement tiles in the new bathroom that ran into the hall.
The bedroom features an antique 3/4 bed along with an antique map from the 1800's and antique washstand repurposed as a nightstand. Antique Swedish painted chair and hair on-hide zebra stencil benches serve as seating along with the wall.
The bedroom opens up onto a 10ft back porch with roll down awning for coffee or cocktails in a private back yard with a historic 7 board 16ft linear fence.
The kitchen features new custom Shaker cabinets with Spanish porcelain subway tile backsplash and new stainless hood but the original overall inspiration for the entire place started with the old tobacco barn tin from North Carolina. It had been weathering on the actual barns for more than 50 years, with natural rust which tied in perfectly to the walnut dining counter and has my fathers' writing in pencil with gas formulas and tobacco poundage. It created the feature wall over the ceramic farm sink.
In addition to the patterned cement floor tiles, porcelain Spanish subway tiles were used on the wall. An antique oak family buffet was used for the vanity and painted black along with changing the brass gold pulls to a champagne color. A custom leathered concrete Caesarstone top was added along with matching curb for the clipped corner shower. The shower was clipped to make the bathroom feel more spacious since a larger shower was used in the space. Wall tracks were used to make the glass appear to float and tile was placed further up to provide more height. An Italian clay pendant hangs over the tub and a Hungarian enameled medicine cabinet serves as the storage while a woven basket serves as the laundry refuse.
While small, 19' x 100' space is very liveable. A sleeper sofa can accommodate an extra guest in the front room in addition to the spacious bedroom and all of the ample storage with concealed laundry and pantry, hall untility closet and two large bedroom closets. Spacious bathroom provides spa-like amenities with a large shower or period claw foot tub with updated period hardware that was totally refurbished. The gourmet kitchen is perfect for those who love to cook. If you just like to entertain, then you have the ideal access for parties through the side door landing via paving stones to the well-appointed backyard with crushed limestone. Ample seating on the back step in addition to the porch itself. The original shed site borders the lot ample storage and reclaimed French quarter board and batten shutter in the classic 1/2 A-frame style.