I continue to search for a term to replace 'Flip' for the work we do on houses. Whenever we hear 'Flip', it conjures up an image of quick, cheap (aka low quality) updates. I keep thinking there has to be a better term! But recently, NY Times Travel editor Suzanne MacNeille came up with a great quote in her article about Portland. She was talking about restaurant design, but I thought it was a perfect way to describe what we try and do with these houses.
|Corner Cabinet - 1892 New Englander|
Reclaimed Materials: I'm on a first name basis with the folks at the local salvage yards and Habitat's ReStore. Our most recent projects have used antique beams from local buildings as well as old doors and hardware. We also try and reuse all of the existing materials from each house. Our current project has some wonderful hardware and a built in corner cabinet that we think dates back over 100 years.
|Doorknob - 1900 Victorian|
Restoration: Rather than gut each building and replace all the elements with new, we try and restore old plaster, woodwork and architectural elements. We love steam heating systems and the wonderful old radiators that go with them (seriously, don't you love the heat they throw off in the middle of a cold winter - without drying out the whole house?).
|Window Hardware - 1892 New Englander|
|Rosettes - pre restoration|
|Doorknob - 1932 Cottage, pre restoration|
|Newel Post and Balusters - 1892|
|Closet Built Ins|
Local Craftsmanship: The team of folks that work on our homes truly are craftsman. We don't complete a renovation in a few weeks. It takes months and months to do it right. The work that these guys do (and they're always guys.....not sure why more women aren't in this business!) is beautiful. They really care about the quality of the work they do and it shows.
So, maybe we don't have a one word replacement for the term 'flip'. But Reclaimed Materials, Restoration and Local Craftsmanship says it all.