The old carport was demolished and, in its place, Home Town hosts Erin and Ben Napier created this patio with arbor and seating area. The new wood elements were custom created by Ben using cedar lumber that was salvaged from the old siding and interior demolition.
Skip the demolition phase and keep the base of your current kitchen island to save money. Georgia designer Beth Johnson created a much larger island by using the base of the homeowner’s original island to support a larger countertop. She painted it and added molding to look like wainscotting. She replaced the dated laminate with HanStone quartz, and installed legs to support the counter’s extended width and length.
To avoid a messy demolition, a floating cork floor was installed directly on top of the existing tile. When updating bathrooms, designers stress the importance of choosing materials which fit the era and architecture. Cork was a popular material used in the 1950s, the decade in which the property was built. Should the home be put on the market, the historically accurate materials will help with resale.
The living room makeover included a restoration of the fireplace with the old green tile replaced with Carrara marble for a timeless look. The shiplap above the mantel was salvaged from walls removed during demolition.
The new porch columns were constructed to emulate the original columns, but are proportionately larger in order to accommodate the higher porch roof height. An original wood ornament was saved during demolition, used as a template for the new wood trim and resized to fit the new proportions of the brick columns.
HGTV host and designer Genevieve Gorder takes on the challenge of converting her New York apartment and a recently purchased adjacent apartment into one beautiful home. Gorder takes on the floor demolition and other projects during the transformation on HGTV's "Genevieve's Renovation."