Emily-Kate's 1913 Mill House, Reborn

Emily-Kate's 1913 Mill House, Reborn

Janel Laban
Jun 11, 2013

Name: Emily-Kate
Location: Cleveland Holloway - Durham, NC

When we bought our 1913 mill house a year and a half ago, I was afraid to go inside by myself. The house had been sold five times in the last ten years; mattresses and other trash filled the yard; mildewed vinyl siding graced the outside; a popcorn ceiling and beige carpet covered the inside. Slowly we started to peel back the layers. We took off the siding, gutted the house down to the studs, and thoughtfully began to put it back together. 

The wonderful architect who helped us (Linton Architects) called it a "rebirth." In the renovation we moved walls, added a back master suite, re-situated the entrance of the house to the side, and uncovered many treasures including wood tongue and groove wood on the ceilings and a few walls.

During the renovation I scoured Craigslist to find a clawfoot tub, an old farmhouse sink and pedestal sinks, and went to salvage stores for doors and door knobs. I took a carpentry class to learn to build furniture and made most of ours, from our kitchen table to living room floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Our house has become an incredible home, a place to share meals and stories. 

Our business, an urban farm, is just a few blocks from the house. Our chickens (and our dogs!) are here, along with the greenhouse I built. We're slowly working on the yard here too, turning it into a productive space. I guess that's the next project.

Thanks, Emily-Kate!

(Images: Linton Architects, submited by Emily-Kate)

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