Historic Restoration, Part III

Welcome to the 119th Metamorphosis Monday!

For this Met Monday, I’m excited to share an update on the historic Tyson-Stedham home in Adel, Georgia. This Arts and Crafts home, built in 1912, had been “renovated” over the years by previous owners and had lost its original personality and beauty.

Dustin, owner of Van der Fleet Designs and Restoration, along with his hardworking crew, have made some great progress over the last two weeks. When I last posted about the Tyson-Stedham home, Dustin had just completed restoring the front porch, demolishing much of the added back porch and had given the home a new roof after removing 6 layers of old roofing. You can view that post HERE.

The front porch project is now complete and the shingles have been installed on the upper gable. Dustin had to demo quite a bit of the porch to restore it back to its original configuration. He added a nice feature on the left side of the porch. Do you see it?

Dustin designed a bench with supports mimicking the columns of the front porch. His lead carpenter, Justin Holcomb, built the bench for the porch. I can’t wait to see it once it’s painted.

Paint Slingers painting company began the initial pressure washing and paint preparation for the Tyson/Stedham House.

Dustin said, “The initial pressure washing is taking most of the old paint right off the house leaving us with almost perfectly smooth wood to repaint.” With just a little sanding, the surface will be smooth and ready for painting.

Another view as the old paint is being removed:

Over the years a previous homeowner had removed a window and added a second door where the window had been, so the house had two “front” doors as seen in the picture below.

Dustin removed the door and restored the original window. Now the home has proper symmetry and balance again. Looks so much better, doesn’t it?

Here’s a close-up of the restored window on the left, beside its twin on the right. I just know with each passing day, this beautiful old home must be breathing a sigh of relief as its beauty and heritage is being restored.

Dustin said, “We have begun the process of taking the added back deck off the house. we will also be taking off the added back roofing that was added to cover the deck.”

Earlier this week I posted about 9 Great Features to include when adding on a screened-in porch. I mentioned how important it was to use “exterior” grade fans on porches. Take a look at that old ceiling fan in this picture below. That’s a great example of what happens when you don’t use an exterior grade fan…sagging fan blades.

The removal of the drop ceiling reveals the original back clapboard and roof brackets. Dustin said these have not been visible for decades!

Originally, Dustin thought he would be restoring the back porch. But after further research, the porch was discovered to not be original to the home. The original back of the house had an open porch with four columns and a roof.

In this picture below, the porch is being removed. The bump-out here is not original either and it will be demolished, too.

This side view shows the demolition of the added rear deck and the sleeping porch demolition. Some additional brick work will be needed to restore the foundation. Dustin told me this part of the foundation has not been visible for decades due to the additions/modifications made over the years to this part of the home.

The painting will be getting underway real soon. I can’t wait to see what colors Dustin has chosen for the exterior. Dustin is known for choosing beautiful paint schemes for the exterior of the homes he restores, so I know it will be fabulous!

Dustin, thanks so much for sharing the restoration process of the historic Tyson-Stedham home.
To see the condition of the Tyson-Stedham house both inside and out prior to any restorations by Dustin and his team, click HERE.

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  1. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says

    Gorgeous porch – I am anxious to follow the progress. Thanks for hosting – Have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  2. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    What a charming house, I know it will be gorgeous when it's all done! How wonderful that it's been restored by someone that really cares about doing it right!! Thanks for hosting this lovely party!

  3. laxsupermom says

    Thanks for giving us an update on this renovation. This is such a terrific series! I love how he was able to replace the door with a window that looks like it was an original. The front porch is looking fantastic! I love how inviting that bench looks. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  4. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    What fun to watch it happen along with you, Susan! I can't believe the amount of work that has gone in already! I know it will be gorgeous! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  5. Hi Susan! Hope you've had a great weekend. Now this is getting exciting seeing the progress of this house. I'll look forward to seeing it completed.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. Beeutiful by Design says

    More fun to watch than be in the process yourself, although it makes me want to reno too. Thanks for hosting!

  7. What a lovely home that will be. it is wonderful they are restoring it. Thanks for hosting us!

  8. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Susan, it is so interesting to see a restoration. Can't wait to follow the progress. Hugs, Marty

  9. One Cheap B*tch says

    I can't wait to see the finished product!


  10. Personalized Sketches and Sentiments says

    It is so wonderful to see a beautiful home be restored to it's past glory. I saw your post no my google reader, so had to stop and say hello. We live right outside Savannah, Georgia…and on a free weekend, I love to check out all the historical homes around town…

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (Oh…I also want to say, how I love your blog header! It is sooo cute…love the picket fence, flowers, pink bicycle, yellow house…um…yeah…everything :o)

  11. AshTreeCottage says

    That sweet house will be terrific when it's completed. Thanks for a great party!

    Susan and Bentley

  12. A Vintage Green says

    Such a clear 'reveal of the underpinnings of your home. I love the repairs and paint stripping. Look forward to reading more.
    – Joy

  13. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    wow, that's so much construction work! Thanks so much for hosting this blog party!

  14. Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says

    I think it is wondeful that they are restoring the home. The changes so far are really making a difference. I'm looking forward to seeing the new paint, and wonder what is in store for the brick pile that appears to have come from an extra column. Thanks for hosting and congratulations on your 119th Met Monday, Susan.

  15. Decorating the Ville says

    This house is amazing! I can't wait to see more!

  16. Thanks for hosting. I am so eager to see how this house comes along. I don't know why, but I was thinking the brick front porch wasn't original, but since he's keeping it I guess it must be. I was sort of picturing wood lattice work where the brick is, but that is probably my Ohio version of a Georgian house.

  17. It is really enjoyable watching the restoration of this home.I look forward to each update as the progress continues. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Quiet an undertaking, but will be so pretty when finished.
    Thanks for hosting again this week.

  19. Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating says

    Love the house! Gorgeous porch.

  20. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    This old house is definitely breathing a big sigh of relief now that someone is showing her a little kindness. Great progress, Dustin and crew! Thanks for letting us come along for the fun parts!

  21. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says

    Susan, I love to see these old homes given a new life! Thank you for hosting.

  22. Samantha says

    I am in love with that house.

  23. Morning Susan,
    I am looking forward to seeing the completed renovation. I know it will be fabulous…such care is being taken.

    Thanks for hosting a great Linky…off the check out some blogs!

    janet xox

  24. Curtains In My Tree says

    I just love watching a house restoriation.
    Sometimes its takes years.

    I am waiting to see how they fix the back porch being torn off

  25. gnee @ Singing With Birds says

    Such a grand home with lots of history and good bones! Thanks for sharing it's come back and for hosting.

  26. Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great week.

  27. the cape on the corner says

    what a great house-love that craftsman style.

  28. Enjoy the project updates!

    Thanks for hosting the link party!


  29. Laura Wilkerson says

    That house is looking amazing! What a lot of work!
    Thanks for hosting such a great party!

  30. The house is coming along quite quickly. What a pity the years of additions spoiled the true beauty of the home.
    Looking forward to seeing it in its original glory.
    Thank you and Dustin for sharing.
    I can't wait to see what he will do with the inside.

  31. Beverly@southernhomesweethome says

    Such a beautiful house..I cannot wait to see it completed. Thank you for the party.

  32. Anonymous says

    Dustin Van Fleet here checking in from Van der Fleet Designs and Restoration. All of us at Van der Fleet want to say thank you for each and every comment. If you have any questions feel free to post them and we will get answers to you ASAP. Most of all we want to say thank you to Susan Herrin for featuring us on her awesome blog.

  33. tinalewis says

    Fantastic as always, Susan. Would love to be working on this job! Great work, Dustin. Are you hiring? 🙂

  34. First time linking up, and can't wait to browse all of the projects! And, that house is beautiful!

  35. Phyllis says

    As I have mentioned previously, I lived in a house almost identical to this one as a young teenager. I am thrilled to see that you removed the second door on the porch……that room just happened to be my bedroom. That door really bothered me being there….now it looks "right" to me. I have a memory from those windows. As a freshman in high school, I came down with the mumps on a Friday evening after a football game. A few days later I celebrated my birthday and all of my friends gathered on the porch in front of "my windows" and we had a party with me inside, of course. My mother served birthday cake and ice cream to everyone and they brought me gifts. I can just see this as I look at the old house you are bringing back to life in such a lovely way!

  36. Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures says

    Thanks for keeping up on this house!
    I LOVE it!

    I tried to enter on your party today and it won't let me.
    It said I don't link back. I have a section that I change everyday of the parties I'm joining each day. Your party is the very first one……am I not doing something right?

    Please let me know!

  37. Hi Susan,
    I love this old house and I look forward to seeing the progress. It reminds me of my daughters house.
    Thank you for hosting,


  38. What a wonderful adventure every week checking the progress of this fabulous home. Cannot wait for the finished product. Great work!

  39. Little Brick Ranch says

    Thanks for hosting!! This home is coming right along – it is beautiful!! I finally finished this coffee table that has been lurking about the house!! Yahoo – one thing off the list!!

  40. Ironstone and Pine says

    I love watching the progress of this old house, wish I had one of my own! Can't wait to watch along and see the end results!!

  41. At The Picket Fence says

    Thank you Susan for hosting the lovely party! Have a beautiful week!

    Heather@ At The Picket Fence

  42. Vintagesouthernlife says

    Can't wait to see the finished project. Thanks for hosting!

  43. Parents of a Dozen says

    What a job! Looks great!

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