Our Own Fan House

Renovating and remodeling an old house in The Fan District of Richmond, VA.
This is what the Fan is all about. Long live the quirk! Love this backyard.

This is what the Fan is all about. Long live the quirk! Love this backyard.

Living Room // Plumbing Pipe Shelving Unit

My record player has a home now!
Rob killed it on this. The weird floating wall of nothing mystery is finally solved.

WC // During // NEW FLOOR!

Dudes, the downstairs bathroom is on its way. The first of 3 reflooring projects, and the most manageable, the traditional (while cute, poorly executed) soccer ball black and white tile was ripped up. 

As per the usual with this house, shortcuts led to poor workmanship. Tile straight on the plywood, uneven flooring, bad grout, and ZERO INSULATION (read: cold feet) made this a bad room. Rob ripped it up, lay down tar paper to both even out spots, and insulate, filled in the gaps under the baseboards, then put down this wide plank pine in a finish we loved, similar to the upstairs closet re-do.

Toilet and sink back in tomorrow. It’s already maybe the warmest room in the house, and 100x as cozy.

Second-to-last phase in the 1905 original fireplace reno. Finished sanding and then putting a polish on the bluestone, then finished cutting and attached trim pieces. So. Many. Cuts.

See During

See Before

Tonight we’ll wrap up painting the trim, then the oak floor boards that used to be covered in old tile need to be refinished.

Oddly enough, we found out that under the paint, the entire mantel is stone—-probably the Fan-typical pinky orange marble or another Victorian color, so we’re happy to leave the white on there.

DRACAENA // Great greenery

I’m obsessed with dracaena. I’d been seeing them in Before & After photos, West Elm interior shots, and various contemporary interior design blogs, but didn’t know what they were called. My go-to Cross Creek in Midlo knew exactly what I was talking about and had these two beauties.

I love how they pull off a contemporary look without the classic houseplant frump.

Baskets from Target.

MASTER // Brass accent mix

Here we see me demonstrate my split personality issues—don’t want clutter, but can’t stop accumulating.

MASTER
Found this incredible metal sign at local shop dEcor in Carytown. It’s lightweight, has amazing flaked paint and rust, and is pulling together the bits of contrasty black accents we have around the room.

MASTER

Found this incredible metal sign at local shop dEcor in Carytown. It’s lightweight, has amazing flaked paint and rust, and is pulling together the bits of contrasty black accents we have around the room.

Backyard Dreaming

Like most Fan houses, our backyard (“back courtyard”) is a teeny enclosed space. We’re actually fortunate enough to have a 1-car garage, which I’m not going to ever let be the source of even an OUNCE of complaining… and it’s got a rooftop deal that, when it’s nice, does a lot for outside square footage. 

But, add in some really enormous clunky steps a contractor put in 20 or so years back, and you’ve got barely enough room to do a jumping jack.

But… there’s potential.

I’ve always loved the look of an old house with a striking, 100% contemporary back wall. Less an addition, more a subtraction. Just blow it out and put in windows.

So, here are some of my recent inspirations. Last one is my favorite.

{all images via Dwell fb.}