February 7, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Residence of Drennan’s Rebecca Bridges Renovates Her Household Residence

For House of Drennan founder Rebecca Bridges, renovating her 1970 Colonial-type house in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was a accurate household affair: “The home was designed by architect Milton Sadler. Coincidentally, Mr. Sadler is the exact same architect that made my husband’s childhood property,” Drennan states. To insert a different layer of design and style kismet, the builder she tapped, Jeff Williamson of Southern Builders of York County, is grandson-in-law of the home’s first builder, Charles Okey, Jr.

As well as, Bridges and her partner had previously lived in the home for 10 yrs when they embarked on their reno—suffice it to say, the whole team carried a deep understanding of the challenge. “From the moment we toured this house, my partner and I the two felt at house,” states Bridges. “The conventional layout, crimson brick exterior, and common elements reminded us both of the residences that we grew up in.” It also helped that”the bones were being excellent.” When they very first moved in 10 years in the past, Bridges and her partner undertook slight cosmetic variations, updating paint and fixtures. But following a 10 years in the room and the addition of three tiny children, it was time for a additional main overhaul. The target? Preserving the soul of the house even though updating it for the family’s life-style (goodbye, dim cramped rooms hello there, storage and multi-functionality). Browse on to see how it went.

Dustin Peck

HB: How comprehensive was the job?


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RB: Our renovation included gutting one particular comprehensive aspect of our household: the breakfast place, kitchen, powder home, laundry, and mudroom-entry. We eliminated the wall between the breakfast place and kitchen and additional a cased opening to the current “desk” location of the kitchen area to build a bar passthrough involving the new, bigger kitchen area and our existing den. We also widened the back entry hallway by 18 inches to accommodate much more storage and place for our spouse and children.

HB: What was the primary aim for the new structure?

RB: On the floor, there had been a couple of updates with refaced cabinetry and paint to the parts we had been renovating. On the other hand, the inside of all of our cabinetry was original. There were being no adjustable shelves, only 12 inches of clearance among the countertop and upper cabinetry (only a mini espresso pot would healthy!), the back entry was cramped and I truly needed to open the kitchen area into the existing breakfast place to build a far more comfortable, open up having spot. Right before the renovation, we did not benefit from the breakfast home or desk place of our kitchen area, so I needed to make those spaces more helpful. I preferred a basic, white kitchen and for the renovation to experience as even though it have been first to the home, but pleasurable and crammed with coloration!

You can barely convey to exactly where the new satisfies the old—and that’s just what we desired.

HB: How did you reach that?

RB: I selected timeless finishes (brass and chrome), included compact doses of black accents (range, tile on the back of the island), and selected neutral stone countertops. We retained the molding and wainscotting layouts regular with the existing finishes of the dwelling and we had been fortunate to match the hardwood flooring to the primary flooring during the initially floor. The flooring is reasonably special and holding the flooring regular was my husband’s only request for the duration of this full project—we desired to match the primary, beveled purple oak and white oak flooring, laid in different widths. We were being equipped to do just that, and it turned out superbly! You can rarely notify in which the new meets the previous.

I love color and it’s obvious in the course of all my tasks. And pink is my absolute favourite color, even in a dwelling surrounded by gentlemen (my spouse, 3 boys and our male doggy!). Nonetheless, a minimal little bit of pink can go a long way in our household. I included it with very long-time period beloved textiles of mine, “Voyage en Chine” fabric by Manuel Canovas and “Arty” wallpaper by Pierre Frey, and they guided the complete colour scheme for our challenge.

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Dustin Peck

HB: Did you come upon any memorable hiccups, troubles, or surprises during the undertaking?

RB: The most important challenge was dwelling in the home in the course of the renovation in the time of Covid and at-property finding out with 3 children. An additional was the amount of time that the renovation took because of to delays. As a designer, I realized to choose/order things ASAP to avoid delays, but some were unavoidable. When the kitchen was taken down to the studs and I walked in, I understood straight away that we needed a bigger window for the room. In its place of waiting 6-furthermore weeks for a new window, we included sidelights to the authentic window and gained all over 20 inches of gentle. I consider it appears to be like as though it has generally been this way, particularly at the time I had the builders include trim to the sidelights to mimic the present lintels of the authentic window.

I appreciate mixing the old with the new. The juxtaposition of using enjoyment, clean and colourful textiles with typical ceramics and antique items was the inspirationfor the complete house.

HB: Wherever did the vast majority of the funds go?

RB: A lot of our finances went to cabinetry, counter tops, and appliances. Our cabinetry was custom built by a reliable tradesman, Jack Massey of Jack’s Cupboard Shop, who I’ve labored with for years. We made just about every drawer, cupboard bay, and insert together to make the most of our new area.

Whilst marble is my favorite stone materials, it would not be the greatest decision for our spouse and children and three small boys. Marble etches and is very porous and I understood stains would be inevitable. Alternatively, we chose a galactic white quartzite for the countertop. Quartzite is durable, tough and has lovely veining, like marble. It is a dear materials, but one particular that I am exceptionally happy that we selected for all places of this undertaking.

All of our appliance alternatives are panel all set and totally built-in, so they blend in seamlessly with the cabinetry. Our refrigeration is from SubZero and our dishwasher is from Miele. I had my heart set on a LaCornue array because they are accurate performs of artwork and I realized it would be a great focal level to our or else neutral kitchen area. The LaCornue sequence capabilities a double oven, so I cherished that I did not have to sacrifice this existing ingredient with this selection.


Dustin Peck

HB: How did you help save dollars?

RB: In addition to the window option, we made use of leftover, unique hardwood flooring as the again part of our drop zone in the mudroom-back again entry. We held the general footprint of our renovation the similar, only eradicating a single wall and pushing out the entry hallway width.

HB: What are some of the most specific design and style components in the space?

RB: I additional a bold use of shade in our go-by means of bar spot. It is a modest area, connecting our kitchen area and den, and it is 1 of my favorite aspects. One aspect is common counter depth, but the other facet is slim and was formerly deemed unusable. My partner is in the beer business enterprise, and I saw that this narrow region would be perfect to household his reserves, steins, and eyeglasses. I did not want to sacrifice our substantial pantry, so I held the footprint of this place typically the similar, but added a cased opening to distinguish it from the kitchen. My husband gave me carte blanche in this article and I did not hold back with hot pink cabinetry and colorful wallpaper. We extra an less than-counter fridge, especially for my husband’s special beer assortment, and glass cabinetry on the uppers to display screen our distinctive collection of glasses, steins, and antique biscuit jars. I balanced out the bursts of coloration and pattern with classic white cabinetry, heat wooden tones, and shades of blue, black, and white in the other parts of our renovation.