Well, we’re here, at last. It’s like a long movie that’s worth watching ’til the end. Some gripping scenes, occasionally it’s a tear-jerker with a great plot, a few slow spots, but there’s a happy ending and here she is, Tandem Cottage: Life’s Better When We’re Together!
Of the two cottages, Tandem was initially the one that caused me to avoid the project altogether. That’s right, I don’t always see the potential at first glance. Frankly, it was the brick front porch and foundation that caused me to drive right by, over and over and over again. It was only after another deal, that I really thought I wanted, fell through that we decided to give Little Cottages a chance. That’s when I first met our FANTASTIC realtor, Dawn Stultz, Blue Horizon Realty.
If you have a dream of owning in OBX (like we did,) put her name in your contacts. I’ve worked with several realtors on the Banks, she’s the best I’ve ever met. I found out more about this project in the first 20 minutes than I had in 3 months of serious document-digging on the previous project. That’s one sign of a great realtor. To this day, if I call Dawn and mention a property, (aside from the fact that she actually answers her phone or calls me back promptly,) she almost always knows which one I’m talking about, has likely already seen it, knows a bit of the back history and gives me her professional opinion of the situation. She stuck with us during a long and difficult closing process. In my opinion, she just the best.
Without further delay, here’s Tandem Cottage!
The worst news about the house ended up being the best news, isn’t that how it usually goes? The broken floor girder made it necessary to raise the cottage. We took advantage of the opportunity and got it above Base Flood. The view of the sound is an added bonus. Jake Overton and his team did a fantastic job lifting the cottage and putting on the porches. We also have Jake and Jimmy to thank for the great exterior look. The classic Board and Batten pattern around the skirt of the house pays homage to it’s time period and reflects the interior of Kemp & Olive. Great minds think alike.
The interior held plenty of challenges in store for Jimmy and his team. Jimmy values the historicity of the structure as much as we do, so everything that could be saved, was saved. He and Jeremy removed the wall separating the kitchen from the living room, re-worked the attic supports, repaired ALOT of termite damage, reconfigured the bathroom, replaced nearly all the drywall and much more. We also added new electrical service, HVAC system, whole-house insulation, refinished the original hardwood floors and replaced the roof.
Once the structure was sound and the systems were in place, we moved on the cosmetic finishes. I had the colors in mind from the beginning. I believe I was inspired by the picnic tables at Kill Devil Custard in KDH. The interior Before and After is as dramatic as the exterior’s change:
Now, here’s the After:
Thanks for checking out Tandem Cottage. Please consider this our closing credits:
Firstly, I thank my Father God for giving our family this opportunity. We take it very seriously and have had SO MUCH FUN!!!
Our second largest debt of gratitude is to Jimmy Curtin. He’s the best contractor on the beach and he totally gets me. I don’t say, “I have this crazy idea,” nearly as much as I used to. Crazy is just implied. His craftsmanship is second-to-none and we trust him implicitly. Thank you, Jimmy. Also, special thank you to Jimmy’s right-hand-man, Jeremy. He’s an artist in every sense of the word and the cottage is the better for it. Thank you, Jeremy! Can’t wait to start our next project with you guys!
Thank you also to Jake Overton, his dad, Jay Overton and Overton Corp. They oversaw the raising of the house and repairing of the girder from start to finish. It seems improbable to call this process easy, but they made it look easy.
Particular thanks to Robert Finchem, Coastland Building Inspections; R.A. Hoy Heating & AC; Steve from Pipeworks; Mark Mosley, Advanced Electrical; Roof Busters; Brendan Wise, Wise Flooring; H&H Landdevelopers and all the rest that had a hand in this project. When I say, “We couldn’t have done it without you.” That’s a literal statement. We’re grateful.
So that’s it, Kemp & Olive Cottage and Tandem Cottage are complete and they lived happily every after.
Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,
Paisley & Pearl