Saturday, March 18, 2017

Guest House Remodel - Part II

Hi Everyone!  Come along with us as we continue to see the upstairs portion of the remodel of the little house.  In our last post we went upstairs and visited the living-TV room section of the upstairs.

The below photo shows the little house shortly after the remodel was finished.  As you can see the house is a short distance down the hill  from our main home.


Come on and let's go upstairs and see the kitchen and dining room sections of the upstairs.


As seen in Part I of the guest house remodel,  after walking upstairs,  we enter into the screen-door and then the main door, walking right into this room.   This upstairs room includes the living room/TV,  a small bathroom and small kitchen and dining room.

If you are ever interested in a super good quality screen-door with lots of styles to choose from you can click on the site where our builder found this wonderful solid screen-door:



As you walk in the door on the right we see the entrance to the spiral stairway, leading to the downstairs portion of the little house.  And, we see the living/TV room and to the left of this area is the bathroom, kitchen and dining areas.



The below photo shows a view from the other end of the room.  Just as we enter, we see the door leading into the bathroom area on the left of the entrance.  We also see the kitchen area on the right.


In the below photo we again see the main entrance door and we better see the entrance 
into the little bathroom and the kitchen area.


Originally, this little house was an old tractor barn,  so there is not a lot of room, but enough to function quite nicely. However, there was not room in this little kitchen for a dishwasher.  There is enough space for cooking and there is a microwave included.


When remodeling we kept the original cabinets which have held up nicely for more than 30 years of use. However, we did have a cabinetmaker replace the front doors of the cabinets and drawers.


A local granite dealer installed the granite for the countertop and the back of the counters.


Originally there was a small wooden shelf over the kitchen sink.  
I like the way the granite installers replaced that wooden shelf with a matching granite shelf.


I found these cute little antique-looking cream and sugar bowls that are sitting on the countertop from the Vermont Country Store Catalogue.  But in checking back with them,  I see this set is no longer listed in their catalogue.  If you are not familiar with this charming store they do have a very interesting website.  If you would like to take a look,  just click on the link below.



In the below photo we see the brick floor in the little kitchen.  One of our daughters lived here in the little house for several years and, of all things, she decided to put down this brick floor!  She actually put this floor in herself.  She said the bricks themselves are made from concrete and are made to look like antique bricks.  She found them at a tile store here in Tallahassee.


She placed the grout between the bricks and designed the floor pattern.  The floor still looks as good as the day she put them here.  Didn't she do a good job!   Of course we love this floor and did not remove the bricks for the remodel.



I like really like bright light in the kitchen when I am cooking and wanted to find a bright light for this little space as well. The builder and I headed down to Home Depot here in Tallahassee and found this amazingly bright ceiling light you see in the below photo.  She gave her approval and there it is.

Speaking of our builder ... She was totally amazing.  She was so much fun to work with and a total kindred spirit in that we seemed to really like the same things.  She made so many suggestions during this project that were so very helpful.  Just in case you might ever want to contact her with any building questions you can click on the link below: 


As you can see in the below photo the little dining room is right next door to the kitchen.



And, while we are talking about the flooring ... I wanted to mention the name of the wooden flooring we see in many of these photos.  This flooring is called Australian Cypress. When we mentioned to our builder that we really liked heart pine flooring she told us about this Australian Cypress.  She said it looked just like heart pine, but was considerably less expensive.

We were very happy with the finished flooring. Originally we had carpeting in this upstairs area and decided at the time to remodel to have hardwood floors instead.


To the left of the table in the below photo you can see the two sets of doors.  This space is a nice spacious storage and kitchen pantry.

This dining room table and chairs were originally in our kitchen up at the big house for several years.  We eventually replaced this set because the chair backs were so tall they somewhat blocked our view from the kitchen windows  We stored them in the garage for several years.  We had them refinished and they were perfect for this little dining room space.   I found the tablecloth and chair pads at our local Walmart.

And the curtains you see in this photo I will tell you about in a separate post.  This is the fabric I found at a fabric store up in Alexandria, Virginia while my husband and I were visiting the area for a meeting he was attending.  I LOVED the fabric, went home, measured all the windows and then ordered the fabric to be sent home.



The double-french-doors seen in this photo open in and you can leave the doors open or walk out on the little balcony. In the below photos we see the views from this little balcony.  Love to have these doors opened and have the nice fresh air coming into the room.







The round carpet under the dining table came from the same furniture store that was mentioned in the Sweet Southern Days-Part I of the little house remodel.  That furniture store is called Southern Heritage Fine Furniture and is located in Thomasville, Georgia.  To take a look at this charming furniture store you can click on the link below.




The carpet runner you see at the entrance door also came from that same furniture store.
They worked nicely with us trying to coordinate the similar colors in each carpet.







The candleholder you see in the middle of the dining table was made by our brother-in-law several years ago.  I love how he left the original bark on the upper portion and how it transitions down into a pedestal at the bottom of the candleholder.

If you would like to see many more of his beautiful wooden creations he has made,  you can click on the link below: 




We found this small little chandelier along with the chandeliers we will see in the bedrooms (in the next post) at a wonderful lighting store in the Atlanta, Georgia downtown area.  If you would like to see more lighting that they have available, you can click on the link below:

http://www.progressivelighting.com



Many many years ago this little hutch came from an unfinished furniture store here in Tallahassee called Wood You.  It was fun sanding and staining this little hutch and it was used in our old dining room many years ago.



I love the platter seen on top of this hutch.  We recently found this platter from my local favorite gift shop called My Favorite Things.  This particular pattern is from the Spode Woodland Collection.

If you are interested seeing other wildlife patterns in this Spode Woodland Collection you can click on the site below:


And, below we see the site to the charming gift shop where this
pattern is also available at My Favorite Things.

http://www.shopmft.com/Browse_003_PatternItems.cfm?idsCategory=2&idsManufacturer=30&idsPattern=233






Inside the little china cabinet hutch we see another wildlife pattern set of dishes.  We found this set of dishes at our local Bass Pro Shops, which is a large store selling hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor related merchandise.





In the below photo we see the entrance door to the spiral stairway leading downstairs to the two bedrooms, small bathroom and laundry room.



This spiral stairway is the perfect size for this small space.
And, this is the little hallway downstairs.



I hope you join us in the next post as we walk down this spiral stairway into the small hallway
and see the entire downstairs section in Part III of the Little House remodeling posts.

Until then I am wishing you a wonderful weekend with many blessings wherever you may be.





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Guest House Remodel - Part I

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are doing well and enjoying these very last days of Wintertime.  

Life is so busy here these days as we move from Winter into Springtime.  We have had an amazingly warm Winter with only one freeze and that did not last long.  

A while back, a Sweet Southern Days blogpost was completed showing the "Before and After Guest House Remodel" of the outside of the little guest house down the hill from our home. 

If you would like to see that blogpost you can click on the link below:


At that time I said I would eventually be completing the inside decorating of the little house.  That project has been completed for a while now,  except for making some matching couch pillows.  I dragged my feet getting the curtains made for first,  the downstairs,  and later on,  the upstairs.  We were not in a hurry to complete the inside,  and slowly found this-and-that we thought would look nice in the "little house."

As mentioned in the previous before-and-after blogpost, this little house was originally a tractor barn and slowly over time was turned into this little guest house.  The below photo shows the original sliding-glass-doors leading to the inside bedrooms downstairs.  The living quarters are upstairs with a  small little balcony as seen in the below photo.


The below photo shows the  beginning of the outside construction.


And the finished outside.




In the below photo we see how the little house is located down the hill from our home.


In the below photo notice the little balcony above the porch roof.


From that upstairs balcony we see the view below.  If you look carefully past the big tree on the right you can get a glimpse of the pond.  You also see the side yard,  plus the gravel roadway that circles the property.


And still looking down from the balcony we see the little circular
drive which is part of the gravel driveway.


Back downstairs we see the end of the circular driveway from the ground.



This is a view below from the little porch.  It is a nice inviting spot to rock in the rocking chairs and have a nice cup of hot coffee, hot chocolate or on a warm day some cooling iced tea.

We found these monogrammed door mats at the following site:
http://www.grandinroad.com/monogrammed-coco-border-door-mat/450650


And below is the view as you are sitting in the rocking chairs looking out toward the pasture and pond off in the distance.  All of the grandchildren enjoy fishing in the pond and hoping to catch the "big one."


From the porch, to the left in the below photo,  we see the walkway around to the main entrance which is actually in the back of the little house.  And, we see the walkway on over to the covered patio which is used for grilling and cooking out or having a picnic and a nice place to visit with friends.


The below view is  looking out toward the front toward the pond from under the patio.


And in the photo below we are looking toward the other direction, on up the hill toward our house.  If you look carefully you can see the Confederate Rose tree our builder shared with us when the little house was completed.  It grew really fast because it was only a couple of feet tall when she gave it to us.


This is a close-up of the pretty Confederate Rose flower.


Walking on around from the patio we see the stairway going on up to the second floor of the little house.  These stairs go up to the living quarters of the home, which include a small little bathroom, and an all-in-one room including the little kitchen, dining room and a living room/TV area.

Come on let's go on upstairs and go inside.


As we go upstairs and open the door and the screen door ...


We then enter into the main living quarters.


The below photo shows the door we enter as we go upstairs.  The screen door is on the other side of the main door so on a nice day the door can be opened and the fresh air can flow in through the screen door.   I especially like the window panes on the inside door so we can still look outside.


In this below photo we are at the other end of the room looking back toward the entrance.


After the remodel was complete we wanted to use some of the items we previously used in the little house, plus some other items we used over the years from our home up the hill.  We wanted everything to have a simple, comfortable and old traditional feel. 

Let's start with the little living room ...

In the below photo we see the main sitting/ TV portion of the upstairs room.  It is hard to tell from this photo, but looking to the left we see the TV.  


The tan leather matching sofa, chair and ottoman were used for many years in the little house before the remodel.  There is a leather company in town who took this furniture and totally repaired any leather problems due to years of use.  When they returned the furniture to us it looked totally new.

We like the comfort of this simple little room.  The whole room was originally dark wood paneling.  We decided to lighten thing up a little and paint the end portions of this room the same color as the ceiling. Then, the painters refreshed the wood-paneling making it look like it too was new.

We have an old Southern style favorite furniture store up in Thomasville, Georgia.  If you would like to take a look at their website you can click on the below site:


Thomasville is only a 30 minute drive from us, so away we went hoping to find a small swivel/rocker.  As you can see in these photos we did find a small rocker we liked.  While there looking for the rocker,  we also found the carpet you see under the coffee table.  A year or so before we began the remodeling,  I found the curtain material I LOVED for the upstairs windows, so I already knew the colors we needed in this little room.  I will share the information about the curtains in a later post.


The two wildlife lamps seen on each side of the couch were found at the below website:




And the other lamp is from the same site:





We thought these lamps fit right in,  especially because we often see wild turkeys like this and deer walking across the pasture down in front of the little house.



The lamp table came from an antique store in Havana, Florida, 
which is about a 25 minute drive from Tallahassee.
I love the old look of this table ... Wish I knew it's history.


While visiting Southern Heritage Fine Furniture in Thomasville we found this picture you see over the sofa in the living room.  I especially liked this picture showing old Southern Live Oaks and azaleas.  Also, the red azaleas in the picture picked up the colors in the rocker and carpet.

Don't you love a picture you can climb into and walk around ...  
I can just imagine an old Southern Plantation at the end of that azalea filled drive.


This old bowl sitting on the coffee table in front of the couch belonged to my husband's mother, Savannah, from Moultrie, Georgia.  He told me she use to make bread in this bowl.  We picked up some pine cones from the yard and placed them in this special bowl to help bring the outdoors inside.


We have had that old coffee table seen in the below photo for many many years.  To make it look new again we had it refinished.  Now it really does look new again.


Looking back to the entrance door from the living room we see a small metal fence.


You probably would never guess what this is .... Have you guessed?  Well, if you said, "an entrance to a spiral stairway", you are correct!  See the little entrance gate with the lock....that is just in case there are any little ones around - a safety gate.  And, for adults or pets as well.


The below photo shows how the little stairway loops around and descends to the downstairs bedrooms below.  The painters repainted this spiral stairway and as a result it looks totally new, but it is actually about 35 years old.



When you go down these stairs you enter into a small hallway.  Off to the left you enter into a small bathroom and on into one of the bedrooms down below.  If you go forward you enter into the other bedroom on the right.  From the extreme right you enter into the laundry/storage room.  We will see this downstairs section in a follow-up post.

Don't want to bore you with too many photos so will end this post here.   I do hope you join us next time  as we continue upstairs showing the cute little kitchen and small dining room.

It is really cold here this evening in Tallahassee.  I do hope that wherever you are that you are all snuggly and keeping warm and cozy ...  

Remember,  in just four days Spring will be here. 😊  Happy last little bit of Wintertime wherever you may be.