On a frigid day in March 2005, Karen and Christi had the pleasure of working with the Home Makers tv show crew to make over 2 fireplaces in their project house.
The project house exterior at the timeof our visit. Tune in to see how it all turns out!
The Home Makers show is all about the total renovation of a 1905 bungalow in Charlotte, NC. The chimneys were not worth saving but they wanted to salvage and remodel the fireplaces. Although not functional, they were great features in this house. Our assignment: add cast iron surrounds and mantels that will suit the period and decor of this great home!
While there are a lot of home design shows on the air these days, you'll find this show to be particularly inspiring; the design and construction crew are all women!
Upon our arrival, we were warmly welcomed by the entire cast. These ladies are personable, beautiful AND they really are professional contractors, carpenters, designers and more - all the talent you would want to have on hand to build or remodel your house.
Despite the most miserable weather you can imagine, none of the crew complained about the cold, the endless red clay and the various types of wet and solid precipitation falling outside, so we tried to take it in stride too. They never missed a beat and work continued both indoors and out, with every task getting done efficiently. We were totally in awe of the whole team.
This is the first fireplace project we're aware of to be filmed and explained in such great detail, and we promise you'll learn a lot about fireplace restoration, so be sure and set your VCR so you don't miss a single episode.
The greatest aspect of this show is that it will serve as inspiration to women to tackle construction jobs in their own homes.
Whether you decide to do the job yourself or to hire it out, you'll know every step of every phase, from demolition to project completion. You'll see, you CAN do it!
This project began the same way as it does for most of our customers, who largely find us via our website.
The producers of the show found us online and called for some design ideas. They e-mailed us photos of the fireplaces in their existing condition, provided some crucial measurements, and shared their vision for how the room will look when it's completed.
We e-mailed them back some design ideas, including simulated photos of some styles to choose from. They made their choices within a day; we packaged the products and they were on the way to the job site by the next day.
This is one of those times it worked to our advantge that our store is staffed by fireplace designers who happen to be women, and we were thrilled to accept their invitation to come work on the project in person. We hope you'll use our experience on your own project as well!
Carrie (Home Makers Carpenter); Karen & Christi from Victorian Fireplace Shop; Shelly (Home Makers carpenter).