A few weeks ago I was in between appointments - and had a new lense to try out - so I stopped by the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and wandered around for a few minutes.
I only had about twenty minutes, but it was the perfect amount of time to wander around the exterior of the historic house. (I didn't go inside, the weather outside was just too perfect)
There was an older fellow there taking photos at the same time as me - he and his wife were visiting from Florida (I can't for the life of me remember where in Florida at the moment) and trying to see all the historic sites in Charleston.
I still can't believe this is December in South Carolina - seriously. In love. If you get a chance, go check out this awesome little spot!!
When Dave & I decided to move out of Maine and down to South Carolina one of our reasons was the real estate market. We work with a group of investors spread all across the country - and we wanted to get into a market that was a little more active than Maine. :)
So we picked Charleston...
And along came the pretty (haha.....um...) house at 4730 Darlene St. - or as we so fondly dubbed it, "The Cat House".
Before / Living Room
When we purchased the house there was a cat locked inside - so EVERY floor was covered in cat feces and urine. Come to find out there had been over 15 cats living there previously!
After / Living Room
Goodbye cat smell!!! (and all flooring....walls...old windows....paneling.....ANYTHING that could have some remaining cat grossness on it.
Before & After / Entryway
When we first looked at the house the front door hardly opened....because it was scraping over so much cat waste.....disgusting. We decided the wall had to go - along with the wallpaper, vinyl flooring, and cat poo.
Before / Kitchen
When we first bought the house we thought maybe we could save the cabinets and just refinish them....after closer inspection we realized this was going to be totally impossible - so we ripped it all out.
After / Kitchen
The kitchen is probably my favorite transformation - from a dark cramped room to open and bright. It only took us knocking down two walls, removing tons of old cabinets and paneling, and replacing everything with new and shiny!
Before / Bonus Room
The room over the garage was a DISASTER. It was totally flea infested, covered in poop (like the rest of the house) and the carpet and paneling was in awful shape.
After / Bonus Room
We decided to hang a barn door over the bonus room stairway - plus we raised the height of the doorway substantially. No more fleas and broken paneling!
Before / Dining Room
After / Dining Room
Before / Master Bathroom
Yes, that disgustingness is ALL cat feces. Gross. We ended up pushing the wall back and extending the bathroom another four-ish feet to make room for the master shower.
After / Master Bathroom
Porcelain tile, marble-topped vanities, all new plumbing = facelift complete!
Before / Main Bathroom
The floor looks solid in this photo - but it was actually COMPLETELY rotted through. As soon as we broke through the tile during demo the floor crashed right down through. Needless to say we ripped the entire room to the studs.
After / Main Bathroom
Before / Master Bedroom
The master bedroom doesn't look horrible, but there was a hole in the floor where the shower from the bathroom had leaked through and rotted the wood about two feet wide by eight feet long. Big project there!
After / Master Bedroom
The best part of the finished product is you can't even see where the new hardwood was pieced in to replace the old rotted stuff!!
Before / Backyard
After / Backyard
Such an amazing project! We are so happy with the final product, and can't wait for whoever the new family/owner is to close on it and enjoy all of our hard work!
If you want a little more information on the house, check out the listing here!
October 5th, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew takes aim at Charleston
Dave & I are in the middle of finishing a renovation on a house in Charleston...like, just weeks away....and all of a sudden Hurricane Matthew decides to take a turn on its way out of the Caribbean and head directly towards Charleston...as a Category 4 storm.
In an effort to be extra cautious and prepared SC Governer Nikki Haley issued evactuation orders for the entire SC coast. This (obviously) meant us.
The last thing we wanted to do was leave our project and home in harm's way, but honestly...what can we do about a hurricane besides pray? So we took a forced "hurrication" :-) to Boone, NC.
One of my cousins has a mountain house in Boone - seriously - can you even believe this view!? Two of my sisters were with us, plus one of their boyfriends. My sisters had been here before - not me! I was floored. Needless to say I have WAY too many photos to share, but here's a little bit of our "hurrication".
Tango came with us (obviously...who leaves their pet behind in an evactuation!?)
The first night at the mountain house was GORGEOUS (hence the sunset photos) but the day after ended up being cloudy and pretty chilly, so we just hung out on the porch and played cards/relaxed for most of the day!
Tango apparently doesn't like cards, she was bored with us in about ten minutes.
Right after this happy moment together (and by the way, Megan has control of my camera currently) they both informed me that I have a streak of gray hair. Damn....
Elysia & her boyfriend Andy joined us for cards - our favorite game (it was what we played most on our last cruise as well) is Asshole. :-) For those of you who do not know the game, just follow the link....but know that every house has their own rules.
I figured since we were in a gorgeous place I could give my camera to Megan and have her take some nice new photos of Dave and I.
......if any of you know Dave, you know that he hates having his photo taken. So here's what we actually got.
I gave up. We went back to playing Asshole. (Andy got to wear the asshole hat! haha)
We tried again - of course - FINALLY got a few worthy of sharing! He's a challenge :-)
Seriously. Gorgeous spot. Amazing day.
Hurricane-Eve (Oct. 7th, 2016)
Another rainy day - and this time a little more stressful - our contractor called us and told us that someone had lit the dumpster on fire at our renovation house. What the hell!? The fire department had to come to put it out, and while doing so they opened the dumpster up and had to spread debris all over our driveway - the day before a hurricane. And we were 5 hours away....
We didn't get a chance to hike - but we did take Tango on a little walk in the woods.
Hurricane Day - Oct. 8th, 2016
We went back to Charleston as soon as the hurricane moved far enough north - but we stopped at Blowing Rock, NC on the way by. Holyeffingcrap. Gorgeous!
Thankfully our house and apartment were undamaged - Hurricane Matthew "hurrication" - success.
I haven't blogged in an embarrassingly long time - my excuse was we've been so busy with work and our renovation project that I haven't been anywhere pretty. But then I realized that's a very sad excuse.
So I challenged myself...
I was also inspired by my beautiful bff who happens to own a gardening company...she finds beauty EVERYWHERE (and seriously...check out her work because it's amazing) and posts photos all the time....so I decided to try and take her perspective a little more.
Her company is called Solid Roots Garden Services, and they do beautiful work in the Downeast/Acadia region of Maine.
Since we've been too busy with work to really spend any 'leisure' time exploring I decided I'd just have to take my camera along on one of our work trips....so I told my husband to make room for it in the car. (Long story there...I'll get to it)
Here was my challenge:
Take at least ONE photo I can stand (listen....I'm not in love with any of these, they're very different from my 'usual') at each stop I had time to pull the camera out.
These stops are abandoned houses in VERY assorted places. Some are way out in the country, others are in some pretty seedy areas of the city. So this was a pretty broad challenge.
Here's what I got:
Now, I hardly know what any of these plants are...but I'm gonna learn! I am determined to become familiar with the southern plants - at least enough to identify the common ones.
One of the last houses we went to is in the middle of NOWHERE....but it is awesome. It's actually nothing special, but the tree-lined drive could be gorgeous, there is a huge porch, and a pool!
The last stop was a mobile home on an unkept dirt road....it was not pretty. I walked around for a few minutes to attempt and find SOMETHING pretty....but then I opened my eyes. Here's what was at the ugly house.
Life is beautiful, people, look around. :-)
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.