Historic Cottage Restoration, Part V

Welcome to the 127th Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Metamorphosis Monday! For this Met Monday, I’m excited to share another update on the historic Tyson-Stedham home in Adel, Georgia. This beautiful Arts and Crafts home will be turning 100 years old next year. Wow! Unfortunately over the past 99 years, previous owners had made renovations that were not in keeping with the original style of the home. Dustin, owner of Van de Fleet Designs and Restoration has come to her rescue and he is taking this beautiful lady back to her original design, revealing her true personality and beauty.

Here’s a look at how she looked prior to the restoration process. Burdened under the layers of 6 roof-overs and in deteriorating condition, she was badly needing someone to save her before it was too late.

Today she is coming back to life with a zest she hasn’t known in many years!

Dustin is very particular about all his restorations, including all paint choices. Dustin told me the colors he chose for the Tyson Stedham home are true Arts and Crafts colors.

Dustin noted these colors were not widely used which makes them an ideal choice since his client was seeking something unique. I love her new patriotic dress. I can’t wait to see the exterior complete with landscaping.

Dustin has entrusted the meticulous painting of the Tyson-Stedham home to Kristy and Rick Palmer, owners of Paint Slingers.

Dustin and his crew have been intently focused on the back of the home where extensive restoration was needed. Here’s how the back porch area looked prior to restoration. You can read more about the removal of the poorly added porch enclosure in THIS post.

Dustin said, “The back of the house has come a long way. I had to redesign everything on this portion of the house. My men have changed, restored or touched every surface on the rear portion of the house.

Roof, siding, ceiling, soffits, columns, bench seating, flooring, foundation, paint, stairs, banisters and spindle work were all custom designed. Dustin said, “It was a massive project to undertake and complete in only a few weeks.” As you might imagine, Dustin’s client is beaming and is thrilled with how it has turned out.

Below you will see some of the custom bench seating, flooring and spindle work the back area received. Dustin said he designed the Arts and Crafts pattern in the ceiling and flooring to perfectly match one another, making this back porch design both attractive and functional.

Have you ever seen lovelier soffits? Beautiful work, Dustin!

The stairs were built by Dustin’s lead carpenter, Justin. An old sign was found in the attic and added above the back entrance. It reads, “House Plants & Woodcrafts.”

Isn’t the sign absolutely wonderful?! What a fabulous find!

Dustin chose a vintage 1912 Arts and Crafts light fixture to compliment the Arts and Crafts ceiling design. The vintage French doors currently have just one of the three coats of paint they will be receiving. Dustin said, “The mix and match clapboard siding is now painted and a thing of the past.”

I asked Dustin about the final color for the ceiling and flooring. He said the ceiling will ultimately be painted red just like the ceiling on the front porch. The flooring will be stained.

A newly installed glass block window stands in an original window opening. Dustin said, “This opening had been closed for over 60+ years during renovations to the rear of the house. I designed in a glass block window because this space is a bathroom and the window looks on to the rear porch.”

Dustin explained, with this style glass block, no one can see in, yet in magnifies the light into the room.

Dustin said, “I just love the way this is all coming together. My designs are just the way I envisioned them thanks to Justin, Tim, Rick and Kristy. The vintage French doors in red, the siding, the vintage sign above…no one would ever know once completed, that this home was ever restored or modified. It all seems to blend in a seamless manner.”

Dustin thanks so much for taking us along on this amazing journey. I can’t wait for our next update!

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  1. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    Wow, love the colors!! It's amazing how fast this has all come together, although you can tell the workmanship is excellent quality! Thanks for hosting another fun party!!

  2. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    What a wonderful building project! Arts and Crafts houses are my favorite! Thanks for hosting MM!

  3. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    What a wonderful building project! Arts and Crafts houses are my favorite! Thanks for hosting MM!

  4. Lori Lucas says

    I actually just thought this afternoon about this cottage. I was hoping for an update. Oh, I just love it. He is doing a spectacular job! Lori L

  5. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    What an incredible transformation the house is taking on. The workmanship is awesome. Love the cute sign.. definetly a treasure.. hugs ~lynne~

  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Wow! It's really coming along, Susan! The back porch area is fabulous! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  7. Hi Susan,
    I am enjoying watching the progress of this lovely old home.

    Thank you for hosting,


  8. Scribbler says

    Wow — bright! But I like it!

  9. Nellie's Cozy place says

    Hi Susan,
    Loved this post and that house because it reminds me of the house I grew up in. They are doing an awesome job of restoring it.
    Looks forward to seeing the next update. Loved that back porch they put on it, so neat!
    Blessings hon,

  10. HI Susan! Oh, how charming! I love the colors they've chosen and the back porch area is gorgeous. Love those floors!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  11. This is wonderful! Love the colors, the woodwork in the back railings, and the back screen doors. This is such a treat to see such loving care put into an old home. Thanks for the tour!

  12. Darn I thought he was going to paint the porch ceiling blue! 😉

    Seriously, it looks fabulous as it is! What a ton of work. Glad I was along to see the changes!

    From Virginia

  13. I absolutely loved this–we spent two years renovating our old home, and I miss is like crazy. These photos make me want to move off the farm and find an older home that needs TLC and lots of Yorkies.
    Thanks for hosting MM. XX00

  14. Love those historic colors! Beautiful job! My house is 105 and there were lots of bright colors inside…surprised me! Guess those Victorians were not so conservative, after all.
    I'll be back tomorrow for MM.

  15. Arts and Craft houses are so lovely and charming. I love the new colors of this one!

  16. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    That is coming out so great! I just love the front porch!

    Thanks for hosting this party every week.

  17. What a beautiful house you featured, and looks like quite an amazing restoration effort.
    I'm joining your Met Monday party for the 1st time.
    Thanks for hosting!
    – Susan

  18. laxsupermom says

    Love this series! The colors he chose for the exterior are gorgeous and really make the architecture sing! Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  19. lilisinha says

    Boa Noite! Amo esse blog! Precisava te contar!!!
    Ótima semana feliz!!
    Bjos Carinhosos.

  20. lilisinha says

    Boa Noite! Amo esse blog! Precisava te contar!!!
    Ótima semana feliz!!
    Bjos Carinhosos.

  21. Little Brick Ranch says

    I cant believe how nice this is coming along!! Thank you for taking us on this "journey".

    Thanks for hosting! I linked up my paper Starburst!!

  22. {oc cottage} says

    So cool! I love this!!!

    m ^..^

  23. what an amazing house. I love the colors they chose. The amount of work they did on the back porch is amazing, and so is the wood work they did on the back. So pretty!

  24. Kelsie From Our Country Home says

    Stunning…it is always nice to see a grand old lady restored with such love and affection to who she was always meant to be…Now I am off to drag hubby in here to see this gorgeous old gal.

    Blessings Kelsie

  25. What a beautiful transformation. That sign is perfect above the door, it just had to stay with the house. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

  26. Becolorful says

    Love the color scheme on this house and those red doors? To die for.
    Thanks for hosting and for all the inspiration.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  27. Debbie~refreshrestyle.com says

    Great house makeover! love everything about it!

  28. Wow, that is a significant transformation. It looks fantastic.

    Be sure to stop by my blog Tuesday to enter my giveaway.

    Have a great week! La

  29. This is an incredible transformation! I love the colors of the house. The porch floor is outstanding too! Thanks for sharing this.

  30. Amanda Dale says

    Love the colors on this transformation! Thanks for hosting!
    -Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog

  31. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Thanks for hosting, Susan! Have a wonderful week!

  32. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    What a charming house! Love the colors. Thanks again for hosting this fun party. Linda

  33. Curtains In My Tree says

    I always like the built in book cases beside the fire places in an arts & craft house. And they always have glass doors

  34. Beeutiful by Design says

    I love the color choices and the porch floor! Jennifer

  35. Crystal @ Ordinary Days says

    This is just gorgeous!! Love the colors and how it is becoming alive again!

  36. What a truly incredible transformation !! It is truly giving new life to this home … can't wait to see more !! Thanks for hosting.

  37. Ann from On Sutton Place says

    I'm a little late to your party…but thanks so much for hosting!

  38. Green Door Girl says

    LOVE the house… Craftsman bungalows are by far my favorite houses. We built a "new" craftsman and I would love to be able to restore one, one day!

  39. Ironstone and Pine says

    Love seeing the update, wow, what a transformation! Now once the house is finished I'd be eyeing that little garage in the back….!! could make a charming office or guesthouse!! 🙂

  40. Mary @ Redo 101 says

    I absolutely love the colors of this house. Love the architectural design, especially the front, the posts, the porch. The front reminds me a bit of the house I grew up in so it brought back great memories. And the sign found in the attic: score!!! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us. I'm linked up, got your button on my blog, and ready to go visiting. Have a great week!

  41. FABBY'S LIVING says

    I love to see restorations and this one's coming along beautifully!! I love the color they've painted it! I love build in bookcases. Thanks for showing us this wonderful project!
    Have a wonderful week, dear Susan. FABBY

  42. Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures says

    I LOVE this house so much!

    I would KILL for that back french door and that sign is the coolest thing ever!!

    Have I mentioned how much I love this house!! I can't wait so see the inside!

  43. amazing transformations! love to look at hose photos of the work in progress

  44. martinealison says

    Beaucoup plus qu'un lifting pour cette très belle maison.
    Gros bisous

  45. I just love the bungalow style of home and these photos have provided lots of inspiration. Thanks for posting them and thanks, once more, for hosting such a great party each week.

  46. Amazing transformation. Seems like yesterday I was first looking at the old house renovations

  47. DaPetLady says

    Love Love Love the colors..and crafts are my fav….

  48. Paula Jo @ Outdoor Garden Decor says

    Wow! What a difference the color makes. I love the color. The house looks wonderful, and I'm glad someone stepped in and gave the house life again.

  49. Laura Wilkerson says

    The house is looking so beautiful!!! I love the color and the front and back porches are awesome. I have the same 2 concrete planters that's at the front of the house. lol
    Thanks for the updates and have a great week!

  50. Farmer's Wyfe says

    WOW!! That house is turning into what it was meant to be!!! I LOVE when people take pride in good craftsmanship as it is obvious is being done in this house. I applaud the great job!!!

  51. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful restoration. My house is also a Craftsman that was built over 100 years ago & it just makes my heart joyous to see these wonderful old homes being restored!!

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