Anne Curry Homes | TACOMA REMODEL SERIES | HGTV Style | THE STEVENS HOUSE // EPISODE ONE

Anne Curry Homes | TACOMA REMODEL SERIES | HGTV Style | THE STEVENS HOUSE // EPISODE ONE

Welcome to our first series of the North Tacoma remodel. We’re at the Steven’s house. You saw a little clip on that before, but I am going to give you the grand tour right now. I’m standing in the grand foyer. This whole house just oozes elegance. So if you’re standing in the grand foyer, first of all, you can’t help but see this beautiful front door with all the leaded glass, it’s spectacular. And then all the trim, so this is the old plaster where they used to hand place it and then, they would have to fill in all the cracks of real plaster. And you can see all the incredible detail. So when you’re in the grand foyer, you’re going to look to the right and the left and these two rooms basically mirror each other. One is like the grand dining room, and the other is the grand living room.

And look at those fireplaces, two that match, it’s amazing. So we’re in the demo phase and that’s episode one is talking about the demo. So the guys who’ve already been here, they’ve put, what’s called Ram Board, on the hardwood floors. And that Ram Board is basically just like a thick cardboard and it’ll protect the original hardwood floors while they do the demo. So when we pulled up the red carpet, we noticed, if you can see, the hardwood floor actually has some patches in it. But when I was looking at this, I noticed, “That’s almost the shape of what I think was a closet.” So what I think what happened here was obviously, this is the thickness of what a wall would be. And I think the framing came here and I think this was a little hallway. And then you open the door and this was an old closet.

So it got me thinking maybe because there’s a closet in here, maybe I put a bathroom in here instead. So you have a little extra bath because we’re getting rid of the bathroom that’s off the kitchen to make the kitchen bigger, and maybe I’ll keep this as a closet. So it’s interesting to go back to the original bones and see how that house actually was when… And you don’t know that until you start pulling everything up. This is where the bathroom is now, but I don’t think that was original just because of the way that they kind of created this like angled wall. And then this is the entrance to the kitchen. That doesn’t necessarily make sense. I think they added this bathroom later. We’re going to get rid of it because I want to make the kitchen bigger. You’ve got this little kitchen area for this huge house and you don’t like to have proportions that don’t make sense.

You don’t want a big five bedroom house with a tiny little kitchen. It’s not functional for family. We said goodbye to the old, brown, 1970s cabinets and they’re gone. So now we can have a white slate. If you remember, we are removing this wall, but that’s going to be very surgical demo. And so, it takes a very special demo crew because on the other side, it’s this grand buffet that was actually built in. So it has to be surgically removed. You can’t just take a sledgehammer and go all at it with the demo. So we’re very specific with our demo crew and we actually end up having to watch over them to make sure that they don’t take away something or they don’t damage something that we either want to keep or has to be specially removed.

Do you remember the creepy basement? Well, it’s still creepy, but at least it’s a little cleaner. Heading down into the basement, and this is where the demo guys got started first. I mean, you always want to get rid of the creepy basement first, but do you remember what was down here before? I mean, the thing was a monster. Well, let me bring you back. So if you have a creepy basement of your own and you want to create a second space, there’s a few things you need to know. So, the main thing in a city of Tacoma for it to pass code, is you have to have ceilings that are above seven feet and you could see here that we’re well above seven feet. So we are good. Do you hear something?
Speaker 2:
What is that?
Speaker 1:
It’s over here.
Speaker 2:
Let’s go over there.
Speaker 1:
Over here. Lovely. We have a corroded pipe that literally is so old and corroded that it’s put a hole in it. So, I mean, this is a common problem. This is a very old house and this is old metal pipe. And eventually, it gets so much corrosion that it just eats the way the metal and it’s dripping so much that literally this is all sopping wet, so this is like a little sponge. Lovely. And it smells [inaudible 00:05:26]. Not a lot has happened upstairs yet, but I’m sure the demo crew is coming up here next. But we’re going to take you step-by-step through this whole incredible process to take this incredible house back to its original beauty.

So, you don’t want to miss an episode, including we’re going to be updating you on what’s going on upstairs in that attic, and this master bedroom that is going to be incredible. All this stuff will be gone and hopefully, by the next episode, this stuff will be gone too. But stay tuned, we’re going to include you in the whole process to bring this beauty back to life. Here they are. They’re delivering our dumpster. This was actually quite a feat because there really is nowhere to put a dumpster at this house. So, we had to do have the waste management come out and try to find a spot. And then, we had to get a 25 yard dumpster instead of a 40 yard dumpster because there was nowhere to put it. So he’s really carefully placing it in this little hole that actually connects to the basement. It’ll be perfect.
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