We’re Getting Close!

Happy Holidays everyone!

We’re in the home stretch with the Bryan House. With any new build or complete renovation, we need to have final inspection-approvals for mechanical, electric, and plumbing in order to receive the CO — certificate of occupancy. As of today, we’re ready for the inspectors. Durham inspections are slammed, so it looks like next week before we can get everything operational.

Once we get the heat on, our painters can finish inside. To give you a sneak-peak, here are the colors we picked for the house.

For the exterior, we chose a beautiful grey called Cityscape. Perfect for this downtown house. The white trim and a dark grey on the windows, called Iron Ore, really make the house pop.


The porch ceiling  is called Tidewater.


Once upon a time in the deep South, many people painted their porch ceilings a specific shade of Haint Blue, a soft blue-green, to ward off evil spirits called “haints.” It’s especially common in the historic homes around Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. Today, many continue the tradition of blue porch ceilings to keep ties to their home’s Southern roots.

The front-door color, Drizzle, will compliment the grey and porch ceiling.


Inside, the walls will be a warm grey called Agreeable Grey. This has been our favorite grey so far. We’re not including the photo of this color because it appears way too beige. The trim, doors, and ceilings will be white.

Lastly, we have one accent color in the kitchen…Aquaverde. This will be used on the one original bead-board wall that features the white cabinets and grey granite. We’re also featuring the warm salvaged shiplap in several areas of the kitchen including the custom island, vent hood, and the old kitchen chimney (which looks the same as we found it).


All three bathrooms feature Carrera marble counters and tile floors. We used chrome light fixtures and faucets to tie-in that clean, bright look with the grey in the marble and walls.

We used oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures throughout the home to compliment the warmth in the wood of the main fireplaces, the stair rails, and the shiplap in the kitchen.

Jennifer and I couldn’t be more excited to show you photos of the finished rooms. Our next post in a week or two will provide the before-and-after photos to demonstrate this massive transformation. We’re positive that we’ve created a stylish but comfortable home that pays tribute to its 100-year-old history. This beautiful, historic home will go on the market the second-week of January. Stay tuned for the big reveal!


Oooops… Call 911!

As our crew dug a hole to transplant a tree out front, I was showing my friend Elizabeth the new kitchen. Jennifer headed to her car to make some phone calls. One of the guys came in to tell me that the backhoe had severed the gas line. Oooops.

I asked, “Do we need to evacuate?”

He replied, “yeah.”

“Do I need to call 911?”


As we walked to the front of the house, we heard an enormous gushing sound…like water spraying out of large hose. Elizabeth and I hustled out of there, and I called 911. Within two minutes, the fire trucks arrived and the first responders began to evacuate the neighbors and block off the street.

The leak was so powerful, you could see the branches and leaves blowing 25 feet in the air!

The gas company arrived quickly, and within 30 minutes, the line was repaired. The sub-contractor was fined for not calling 811 to mark the gas/water/power lines. Remember, always call 811 before you dig. Never assume you know where all the lines run.