Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jemison Residence Renovation

Here are some photos of a residence renovated by MicMac Interiors.

 The old kitchen was removed and the owner designed this New Kitchen. I installed the all of the new cabinetry seen here (pot rack too).


 I also helped the client design an Island/Eating Area. It is supported by old, reclaimed, Oak Newel posts (stair railing posts). The counter top contractor did a great job making the shape.

All of the old trim and doors were torn out and replaced with new materials.

New Bathroom Door and trim.

 This new, Bedroom Door originally was a double door entry which I framed down to a single door, in order to separate the two rooms better and add more wall space. (Yes, the speaker wire hanging over the door was taken care of!)

 This new, 6 paneled, Entry Door was later painted. It is a big improvement over the previous, gray, metal fire door, which was torn out. This is also fire resistant metal.

 Numerous other projects were involved in the renovation, including soundproofing a bedroom wall adjacent to the hallway and plastering/painting.

Smaller Projects and Storage Space Solutions

 In this post there is a collection smaller projects (shelving, special platform/storage beds, furniture etc.). To view larger renovation projects, you may want to click on to the next section - or just stay here if you'd like.
 Bedside Shelf

 Fireplace Mantle
(Reclaimed Yellow Pine)

Retro-Fitted Kitchen Pantry Closet


High Platform Bed With Storage Underneath

The bed was made from reclaimed lumber (close up).

Custom Desks

Platform Bed With Barn Doors

Storage underneath

Office Space Editing Suite

This entire room was sectioned off and built into an office area. It serves as an editing suite for film and video (One the companies documentaries was nominated for an Oscar!).
It has a sliding pocket, heavy glass, door for sound and space reasons.


An "L" shaped desk was designed, fabricated and installed to hold the editing equipment.

Windows were also installed for air circulation and light.

Nursery with French Pocket Doors

 A baby was on the way (she's a girl!), and the clients wanted an entire space in the apartment sectioned off and built as a a nursery. The special French Doors were chosen to fit the style of the apartment. The overhead Transom Window was salvaged and refurbished in order to give light and air to the room.

The doors were installed as pocket doors to slide into the walls on either side.

 Inside the nursery an opening (little blurry) was made to match the other arched openings of the apartment. It leads to an existing closet that now is accessible from the room. Shelves were added to serve as a walk in closet.

This photo (better) shows how the added interior arch matches the existing one in the hallway.

The window can open and close.

Built in Closet With Overhead Storage

The client wanted a closet with added storage space above, making use of high ceilings. Having two compartments above was a solution to the immovable existing support beam, which can be seen at the top of the photo.

Kitchen Make-Over / Entry-Way Expansion

 Kitchen remodeled

This was a remodeling scenario where the entry opening to the kitchen was low and cramped and the clients wanted it to feel more open.

The overhead to the entryway was torn out up to the ceiling and expanded. Here is a photo of it in that process (sorry, a bit blurry!). During demolition, I also tore out the old kitchen cabinets.


The opening was then reframed and finished.

There was an 8" ceiling soffit built to run electricity for overhead lighting.


The entire kitchen walls were also repaired, skim-coated smooth and painted. The rest of the house was repaired and painted as well. (I can't take credit for the countertop work however!).

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

" Old Plaster Walls - Whole House Make-Over"

Here is a photo set of a PLASTER WALL RESTORATION project MicMac recently completed.

The house is a 1920's Bungalow located in the Historic Downtown District of Hendersonville NC. It had once been used as a "Wellness Retreat" for prominent society
in the 1920's and 1930's.

The owners wanted to restore and preserve the existing "Horsehair Plaster" walls. They were also living in the home, so major demolition and major sheetrock work were not desired options. Plaster walls are also much more mold resistant than sheetrock walls.

The walls, though in rough shape, were salvageable - being structurally "sound" and mainly intact. They had cracks and damage from the recent removal of a prior drop ceiling. They were also "textured", which the owners did not want. They were in similar condition throughout the house. Above is a photo with all of the loose plaster knocked off and the cracks "opened".


 The loose plaster is knocked out. The cracks are dug "open" so new plaster can be re-reset in them.

The cracks/holes are filled and reinforced with "heavy plaster" and fiberglass tape, so they will not re-appear. Then three coats of a plaster/joint compound mix are used to "skim" the walls. This "white wall" is shown with the final "skim coat" on it.

After slight sanding, the wall is ready to be primed and painted.


Here are some of the finished rooms. There were eight in all. The whole house from front to back (including hallways) was repaired, plastered and painted.

Living Room

Dining Room

Guest Bedroom

(Before photo)


The left side of this hallway was originally in too bad of a state too be repaired in the manner of the rest of the house. The plaster was torn off the lathe and drywall was pieced in. Both sides were finished smooth.

The MASTER BEDROOM room had to be drywalled over as well, being in worse condition than
the rest of the house. It was then taped and finished.


A simple crown molding trim was installed to clean up the top of this room.