Renovating a Vintage 1940s Home, Part 1
The next time we show you this house, it will be a lot different. Why? It’s the upcoming renovation project of local contractor Mary Denby (whose own home we showed here). Mary purchased the house with her business partner Kyle Blaylock of Blaylock Design and Build. They are giving the vintage 1940s home a top-to-bottom transformation that will celebrate its classic style while also adding new features including a modern kitchen and master bedroom suite.
Stepping inside the front living room and admiring the stately brick fireplace, the layout seems pretty traditional. But upon closer look, you realize there’s something unique about this house.
Off to the right, this side of the house was originally designated for live-in servants who had their own bathroom, living room and stairs to the bedroom on the second floor. What looks like a closet in the far left of this photo is what’s left of the original servant stairwell (since removed).
The main level servant’s bathroom has all original fixtures and tile. During renovations, Mary plans to change the layout of this side of the house giving it a separate entrance outside so it could be used as an office or in-law/au pair suite.
Walking away from the old servant side of the house, you get to the owners’ stairwell in the middle of the house behind the fireplace. If you turn right you will enter the kitchen (we’ll take you there in a moment).
Back through the living room (which will only receive new paint and refinished floors — it’s perfectly lovely the way it is), the pair of French doors takes you into a room that used to be a porch but that previous owners converted into a finished space.
Under the layers of carpet, check out the painted mural on the floor.
From the outside of the house, you can see the discrepancies in the brick, showing how this used to be a porch.
Another room Mary doesn’t plan to change much is the dining room in the far corner of the house complete with custom built-in cabinets and two full walls of windows letting in loads of light.
The kitchen, which sits in the back of the house, will receive a major overhaul. Mary plans to bump out the wall for a bigger kitchen and a new family room and master bedroom suite upstairs. This 2-story addition won’t change the sight lines from the front of the house.
They will remove this whole side of the kitchen, exposing the stairwell which is on the opposite wall.
Upstairs, the existing bedrooms will receive cosmetic updates and they will add a new master suite onto the back.
This view of the back of the house shows where the addition will go — from the small bump-out in the kitchen all the way to the back porch. On the right, that’s the corner dining room with its two walls of windows. That will remain as is.
And that’s not all… Mary’s also planning to renovate the unfinished basement to include a rec room, craft room, 7th (!) bedroom and laundry area. She’s keeping the garage as-is but will landscape the yard and paint the exterior.
The entire project should take 5-6 months and we’ll be back to share Mary’s progress along the way. And when it’s done, we hope to see you at the open house for the big reveal!