‘Urban Farmhouse’ Renovation

Intro by Karen McCambridge ~ This October, Nugent Builders will be featuring an incredible Farm House remodel that we have named ‘The Urban Farmhouse’, in the Parade of Homes.  As a virtual entry, you will be able to tour this farmhouse online.  A rare country gem nestled in Grand Rapids Township ~ it is the perfect blend of country style with contemporary flair.  We worked very closely with the homeowner and Interior Designer Beth Gilbert to take this remodel from start to finish.  Built in 1860 ~ the finished project celebrates historical character, rustic elegance and farmhouse charm while featuring today’s modern amenities and design.

Words from the Interior Designer about the project ~ Beth Gilbert:  “The client has always loved old farm houses, so when he decided to purchase and renovate this old farmhouse, maintaining its historical integrity became the main focus.  While the house has been completely gutted, we have maintained the original window sizes that sit low to the floor and are unique to this time period.  While much of the interior of the house could not be used, we did restore an original large solid wood pocket door and plan to mount it to a decorative rail.  It will then serve as a functional sliding door between the kitchen and laundry room, and also as great design element.

We also tried to stay with more original looking tile by using carrara marble in both the master bathroom and powder room.  The unique tile trend also continues into the mudroom where we have selected a durable tile with a stone appearance and are using several different sizes to create a pattern that is reminiscent of what you might have seen in the original house.  For the kitchen back-splash we are keeping it simple by using a small subway tile, but switching it up a bit with a herringbone pattern.  

The kitchen cabinets are a simple design in a lovely light gray.  They have a great neutral appearance which will set off the beautiful quartz counter-tops and wire brushed dark oak floors nicely. These floors will run throughout the main floor which will also lend to the feel of an old farmhouse.  Another design feature that starts on the exterior of the house is the use of the color black. With white siding, the house has a striking appearance featuring black windows, exterior doors, and garage doors.  The galvanized roof on the extensive front porch is also a nice feature.  The color black is then carried into the house and is featured on the door hardware. The living room will feature a stone fireplace and reclaimed wood mantle.  We plan to keep the furnishings simple yet purposeful and plan to include some vintage touches.

This has been a fantastic project to work on, as it has presented some challenges and also opportunities to use some unusual materials.  When completed, this old farmhouse will have all of the comforts of a new house paired with some features that are sure to be unique to this home.”

Interior Designer Beth Gilbert ~ www.bethgilbertinteriors.com  /  find her on HOUZZ & FACEBOOK too!