House Plans

· Getting mechanical is important sometimes. ·

Oct, 27, 2021

If I’ve learned anything, it’s that contractors and subs love you so much more when you have actual house plans drawn up.

When we knew we might be acquiring the property, I immediately began obsessing thinking about the renovation/restoration of the house. I use those terms interchangeably because, while the house needs some updating, I want to respect the character of the home and not change the “feel” of the farmhouse.

I contacted Preservation North Carolina, who put me in touch with an Asheville architect who was renovating a historic second home for his own family not far from our farmhouse. John Pinkston created these drawings.

We’ve never used actual architectural drawings in previous renovations but I highly recommend investing in this step, especially if you intend to remodel more than one room. We’ve already given copies to our electrician, HVAC contractor, the contractor who helped stabilize and lift the foundation, and the engineer who designed a solution for an issue we had in the crawl space. As a non-builder, it has helped me communicate so much better with these experts, and it seems to really speed up moving forward on their particular project.

Randy and I refer to these plans often – especially as we discuss moving walls or adding windows/doors. Being able to see the big picture on paper is super helpful to amateurs, reminding us of wall spacing, how doors open, etc.

I will shoot a video walkthrough of the house soon so you can get another perspective of the house too.

October 29, 2021


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    Teresa Mallonee

    November 10, 2021

    This is so much fun to watch! Can’t wait to see the sunroom transformation. Those views are among the best in this end of the state. Lots and lots of windows!

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      November 16, 2021

      We have lots of ideas for that room, if we can just decide on ONE plan. haha.

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    Judy Strawder

    November 10, 2021

    I love the history of the house. I know that it will be exceptional when you finish renovating.

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      November 16, 2021

      Thank you, Judy! Glad you’re following along.

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    Kendra Rasche

    November 13, 2021

    I just tuned in, thanks to Sharon Tate telling me about your blog. I’m up to date on my reading and enjoying it so much. Our kids live in a 100+ year old house in Arlington, VA and I expect I’ll learn some valuable info as I continue to follow your blog. Thanks for sharing, Molly. Good luck!

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      November 16, 2021

      Thank you so much, Kendra! I hope you can share their success stories with me – it takes the right people to love old houses!

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