Historic Home Restoration, Part IV

Wecome to the 123rd Metamorphosis Monday!

Hope your Memorial Day weekend has been relaxing. I’ve been busy scrubbing labels off colorful bottles…ummm, what might that be about? πŸ™‚ I’ll share this little project soon but today I want to bring you a fabulous update on the Tyson-Stedham house.

When we last left this historic home, Dustin of Van der Fleet Designs and Restoration, along with his crew, had just completed restoration of the front porch. The home had also received a new roof and was in the midst of being prepared for a new dress, better known as paint.

This old girl also had her unattractive and “not original” back porch demo’d to make way for a full restoration of that area, too.

Check out the back porch now. New custom columns were built for the back porch project.

Here’s a little close-up of the base of the column and the custom shadow boxing Dustin’s crew created for the skirting of the porch.

Justin Holcomb, Dustin’s master carpenter, continues to make progress on the rear restoration project. For added interest, Dustin designed the floor to have a pattern, a process that wasn’t hard to accomplish but was definitely time consuming. They had to create a detailed support structure for the boards that were not running straight up and down. Dustin said, “This type of pattern is an easy way to add drama and detail in a space that could other wise be quite bland.”

New set of totally custom stairs was built for the new open rear porch. These stairs were 100% custom made; Justin even hand made the stringers.

Newly installed 1912 historically correct French Doors. Dustin said, “I love these doors and no one would ever know that they did not originally belong to this house.” I love them, too! What a beautiful design!

Dustin and his crew removed the stairwell that had been added leading up to the attic. This created a grand back hallway/entry for the custom, vintage French doors.

Dustin said, “Now that the doors are completed we have begun the long and hard process of putting the original siding back into place. All of the siding had to be removed from the house and reapplied. This is 100 year old siding that has not been protected with paint in a good three or four decades, so it is easy to split or crack. This portion of the job will be very time consuming, but well worth the effort.”

Dustin continued, “The original siding is being put back into place. I love this look and I love the way the back of the house is shaping into an asset instead of a liability.”

Time for a sneak peek at how this lovely lady’s dress is going to look. The first coats of paint are just going on now. Richard Palmer and Jr. Miller, owners of Paint Slingers, are the painters chosen for the painting of this historic home.

As you can see here, the trim is going to be a creamy white. The window sash color is a delightful surprise and will take a good three coats to cover as it should.

Here’s another look at the front porch showing the window sash color and the white trim. Dustin said, “We have yet to unleash our fourth color as it will be top secret until we get to the brick foundation.” I can’t wait to see what Dustin has planned!

I just got back from vacationing in Savannah, Georgia and while there we took one of their ghost tours. We were told all about ghosts and this thing called orbs. So, I’m wondering, is that a drop of water on the camera lens or does this home have a friendly visitor from days past? πŸ˜‰ (wink, wink)

Well, if that is a past resident, I think they must be grinning from ghostly ear to ghostly ear over what Dustin and his crew have accomplished for the Tyson-Stedham home.

To see the amazing transformation of the Tyson-Stedham house from start to finish, click HERE. Looking forward to your fabulous Before and Afters!

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  1. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    What a gorgeous house to refurbish~I absolutely love Craftsman style homes! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says

    HI Susan, beautiful home and porch. I just love posts about porches. Can't seem to get enough. Also I'm enjoying your new office progress. It is lovely and turning out so great!

  3. Southgate says

    I am loving that paint color! Not at all what I would have expected for this house, but really stunning!

  4. Southgate says

    Love the paint color!! Not at all what I would have expected for this house, but gorgeous!

  5. I love the windows in this house! Looking forward to seeing the final color.

  6. FABBY'S LIVING says

    We were just talking with my hubby, how I'd love a country old Spanish house to fix it up like they did this beauty! I'm showing it as soon as I finish writing this comment and thanking you for hosting Met Monday!
    Lots of hugs.

  7. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    Well it's really coming along isn't it? Thanks for the update on the house, it's so much fun to see the progress!

  8. Beautiful job they are doing. It's looking better and better…Christine

  9. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Great progress is being made on this beauty! Those doors were the perfect choice, and the porch flooring is a nice, oft-overlooked, detail. I was falling in love all over again … until she put on the green dress. πŸ™ Not at all a traditional Craftsman color scheme I've ever seen, so now I'm really curious about the fourth color. Hmmm… Love seeing this old gal restored!

  10. Honey at 2805 says

    Interesting old house! Thanks for being a gracious hostess!

  11. Scribbler says

    It's fun to see this old house come to life again. I am in love with the red, white and turquoise scheme they have chosen.

  12. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Amazing transformation, Susan! Thanks for taking us along! And that orb…spooky! lol Happy Memorial Day…hugs…Debbie

  13. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

    Beautiful transformation!!!! I love the colors – it is going to be great! Thanks for hosting!

  14. Well that was a shocker! I would have never thought these would be the colors, but I like them very much. I am anxious to see that 4th color, because I am without any guesses!

    I really have enjoyed watching this house become beautiful again.

    From Virginia

  15. That house is going to be adorable!! Thanx for hosting!!

  16. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    that is coming out great! thanks for hosting.

  17. Anonymous says

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments, as for the comment about the color not being a true Arts and Crafts color, indeed it is authentic. This color was selected by me from a vintage 1912 Sears color swatch. Granted it was not widely used, however that is why I was contracted to restore this home, because my client wanted something unique and different. Again thank you all for the great support and comments.

  18. Mary @ Redo 101 says

    I want that adorable cottage! Thanks for sharing the incredible transformation with us. Thanks also for having another party. Looks like lots of eye candy this week, can't wait to make my visits.


  19. Farmer's Wyfe says

    WOW!!! Lots getting done on the house!! It looks grand…and those colors are so fun!!! Thanks for sharing and for the fun link up party! πŸ™‚

  20. Thank you so much for hosting. Have a great week πŸ™‚

  21. That's not just a new dress, that is a ballgown! Love the colors. Thank you so much for always sharing so many of the restoration details with us.

  22. Amy @MaisonDecor says

    I am in love with those french doors too! Thanks for hosting!

  23. At The Picket Fence says

    So much fun to see this transform before our eyes! Would love to get to do something like this someday. Thank you for hosting Susan! Have a lovely Memorial Day.


  24. Ami w/AliLilly says

    WOW! Amazing!!
    Happy Memorial Day! Thanks so much for hosting! πŸ™‚

  25. Thought I would let you know that I can't see things on your right sidebar. Also, it took a VERY long time to go through your latest posts as everything was loading extremely slowly. Don't know if this is due to something on my end or yours…maybe the new look of your blog??? I'm not blogger savvy enough to know! I enjoy watching the transformation of the house!

  26. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says

    i am loving that house! i just love bungalows, and the colors are awesome!

  27. Curtains In My Tree says

    Memorial Day

    I just read your post about Savannah Georgia I can't wait to get back down there this fall

    Thanks for the Monday post


  28. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful complements on my dinner, that meant so much to me!
    Also thank you for this great post today, I am loving this darling little house and only wish it was mine…so far the colors are so me and I am drooling over this place! Can't wait to see it finished!
    Thanks for all you do to make blogging so enjoyable my friend!

  29. Cindi @ Rustique Art says

    Fabulous home reno…the windows are divine, love the color too. Historic homes have such wonderful stories to tell.
    Thank you for hosting the link party this was my first time to attend. Look forward to browsing your amazing blog. I love to look at beautiful homes,

  30. Judy@cutest-little-things says

    I never knew that about the blue ceilings! What an interesting little superstition!

    I love it!

    [email protected]


  31. SallyLeeByTheSea.com says

    What an exquisite house!

    Thanks for hosting again – hope you're having a great week :O)

  32. this story would be a wonderful addition to my new blog party "from trash to treasure" I'd love it if you stopped by and joined in!

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