Charrissa’s Home Renovation Stories

The “Goat House”, Wenham MA:

This poor property was in disrepair. We called it the, “Goat house” as goats and lamas once inhabited the land and sometimes the house! The project seemed sometimes too big a task. In order to salvage the 1700’s home, and actually make a small profit, we needed to build another home on the back to make it worth saving the antique. And, we did!

We painstakingly kept the original 1700’s home complete with bee-hive oven, wide pumpkin floors, post and beam and original fireplace. In our opinion, it came out beautifully with all the old charm and new amenities. I chose fixtures rich with character and tile representative of the time period – or, as close as I could get. We couldn’t be more pleased with the exterior of the building and how it came out so true to the original home – as we were praised by the historic society in town.

The Front House, First Period, Restored Antique

The Back House – New Construction

The front house was rich with character but was no match for the house we built on the back of the property. New construction, the rear home was modern with touches of old character supported by antique finishes, hickory flooring, mahogany doors and lighting.

The 1900’s Carriage House in Arlington MA:

From the day I purchased this beautiful property I knew it would shine once again. This old gal was tired and needed some extra love! I could see her potential and if I shared the before pictures – you wouldn’t believe your eyes.

I am thrilled with the way this one came to life with gorgeous white quartz counter tops and designer lighting. I was able to add to its already beutiful character complete with: hardwood floors, 1900’s hutch, high ceilings and overall just gorgeous layout!

Loved this project for its transition – from tired to dazzling!

First Period HGTV House in Beverly Farms, MA:

This home will forever be one of my favorites. Everyone suggested we tear it down. The house had soul. You could feel it when you walked through the door. It had history, passion and an energy of 300 plus years. The Harry Potter-esque fireplace was amazing – you could walk inside of it. The largest wide pine floors we have ever seen were amazing. Many historians were not happy how we opened up the space, making it open concept. But, it wasn’t their project and i’d challenge some of the best builders in the business to do what we did – in HGTV’s time frame. Building materials used were exquisite – marble, quartzite, high-end tile, outrageous lighting and the list goes on. And, after 300 plus years, this home still has a story to tell. The family who purchased this beauty is so happy and we look forward to receiving those Christmas cards in front of that ginormous fireplace!!

The Late 1800’s Salem Condos:

We got lucky and found this gem of a property that needed cosmetic updating. We had fun choosing paint colors, gray cabinetry, updating the old floors, and adding a master suite to these condos. We modernized this girl and made her sing! Such good bones on this one- we were lucky to find her!

The 1900’s Salem MA Gem:

This project developed from an old and worn distressed property to a restored beautiful gem. I knew from the moment I saw this property that it would be a diamond in the rough and today it is!

My favorite rooms in this restored conversion were the half baths in units 1 and 2.  The half baths were originally connected to the kitchens as pantries that were used for storage. Today you can’t find pantries like this – from the detailed finish work and the wood that was used, to the amazing 1900’s hardware that still works on all the cabinets and drawers!  We added plumbing to both pantries and created what you see today – half baths with vessel sinks that look amazing! We also painstakingly restored the original pocket doors in units 1 and 2 and restored those gorgeous fir hardwood floors!

Loved this project for its character and charm and love it now for how beautiful it has become! It will forever be one of my faves.

The Auction House, Salem MA:

I wouldn’t recommend buying a property at auction all the time but if you are familiar with the area and have snooped around a bit, it could be worth it. And, this one was! Such an interesting property that was character-rich and expansive! This was the first time we were lucky enough to work with original marble mantels. The home came out beautifully.

The Benjamin Crombie House, Circa 1820, Salem MA:

The Benjamin Crombie House was built in 1820 and is rich with history. Located in the McIntyre historic district of Salem MA, it will forever have a special place in my heart. The original bee-hive oven, original and restored pumpkin-pine floor boards and 2 fireplace mantles were said to have been carved by Samuel McIntyre. Besides the fabulous location, the home itself was filled with historic charm and had historic deed restrictions on how/what you are able/allowed to renovate. Homes like these take twice as long to renovate, are twice as expensive but the rewards are amazing! Look at the amazing bee-hive oven in the kitchen! We did so much to this charming property and are so happy with how it turned out!

The James Barr Carriage House, 1759, Cocoa Merchant, Salem MA:

One of my favorite restorations of all time was our 1700’s carriage house. The property was literally falling over when we purchased it. With some time, love and perseverance we were able to bring this beautiful carriage house back to its original splendor. Besides all the structural work we did, we added a new kitchen and bath, insulated, added new plumbing and electric and cathedraled the ceiling. My favorite part are those gorgeous beams!

Modernizing an 1800s Multifamily, Salem MA:

We bought this property as a multi-family and converted it to 3 condos for sale. My favorite part of this old lady was the grand staircase and those gorgeous hardwood floors! The entire house consisted of new plumbing, electrical, HVAC and took us a long time to restore. Here are some pics of our renovation and staging/design choices:

The Cute Little Salem House that Could:

This was the custest house we have ever done. Here we really focused on design/layout and bringing the house up to plumbing code and adding a full bath and renovating the existing bath. All new paint and updated trim/appliances made it sparkle. And of course, anywhere we could find brick, we exposed it!

Prospect Hill, Prospect Hill, Beverly MA, 1900s:

This renovation/restoration was extensive. However, it was well worth the wait. This gorgeous 2-family home needed extensive work: kitchens, bathrooms, basement, attic and exterior renovation. Look how this 1900’s gem turned out! What a beauty.


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