We’re Restoring a Historic Savannah Home!

If y’all follow us on Instagram, you know we’re so excited to have recently purchased a home in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District.

We bought a Savannah house!

While we’ve always lived in the Historic District, owning our own piece of Savannah history has been a long-time dream of ours, one that took a lot of patience to achieve. There were a lot of months of searching, making offers (and losing out to cash deals), lots of time finding a house that was just the right size for our little family, while also providing enough space for our little Rhett ample room to play, and T.C. and I room to spread out a little after spending the last 7 years in cozy, but cramped downtown apartments.

We finally happened across the PERFECT house one rainy afternoon in March of 2019, a townhouse built in 1869 by architect John Scutter.

Original heart pine floors, plaster walls, four fireplaces, garden room, and private courtyard made this cozy residence the dream place to call our home.

The only catch?

There was a LOT of work to be done.

The foundation was sinking, the plaster ceilings were peeling, the old floors were scuffed and in disrepair, the kitchen hadn’t been updated since the early ninetees at the most recent -not to mention the only toilet on the ground floor was awkwardly situated a hair’s breath from the kitchen sink. Needless to say, we had a bit of a journey ahead of us.

And luckily we were naive enough to dive right in!

It’s safe to say things are moving along very well, and after several months of work, we’re nearly done with our home’s restoration / renovation.

We’re excited to share the highlights, the mistakes, the unexpected twists and turns of our experience with y’all here.

But for now, here’s some photos of our home before we started any work. Enjoy!

The double parlor is such a fun feature. We knew the paint color would change, of course, everything from the floors to the ceilings needed to be refinished and reimagined, with preserving the original design at the front of our minds.

The double parlor is such a fun feature. We knew the paint color would change, of course, everything from the floors to the ceilings needed to be refinished and reimagined, with preserving the original design at the front of our minds.

The kitchen, with adjacent powder room . . . if you tried really hard you could stick your toe out and touch the kitchen sink cabinet while sitting on the toilet. Super classy.

The kitchen, with adjacent powder room . . . if you tried really hard you could stick your toe out and touch the kitchen sink cabinet while sitting on the toilet. Super classy.

The upstairs hallways were charming, but the arrangement of the master bathroom entry, and the narrow unusable spaces created awkward energy at the top of the landing.

The upstairs hallways were charming, but the arrangement of the master bathroom entry, and the narrow unusable spaces created awkward energy at the top of the landing.

The middle upstairs bedroom was an interesting one. There were no windows aside from a glass door that led to the back sunroom. the yellow color didn’t do much for the dim lighting situation. The fireplace is incredibly charming, though.

The middle upstairs bedroom was an interesting one. There were no windows aside from a glass door that led to the back sunroom. the yellow color didn’t do much for the dim lighting situation. The fireplace is incredibly charming, though.

The master bathroom left much to be desired in that I’m sure upgrades hadn’t been made to it in decades. But once the old was removed, it was a beautiful canvas to bring our master bathroom dreams to life.

The master bathroom left much to be desired in that I’m sure upgrades hadn’t been made to it in decades. But once the old was removed, it was a beautiful canvas to bring our master bathroom dreams to life.

all house photos by MDB Photography

Yes, that is a curtain rod cap on the banister . . . lord have mercy

Yes, that is a curtain rod cap on the banister . . . lord have mercy

The original view into the kitchen from the garden room

The original view into the kitchen from the garden room

The back bedroom, once an artist’s studio, was in pretty decent shape, aside from needing new floors and windows, fresh paint, crown, and new light fixtures.

The back bedroom, once an artist’s studio, was in pretty decent shape, aside from needing new floors and windows, fresh paint, crown, and new light fixtures.

The master bedroom was very green and very small, but again, the fireplace is very charming.

The master bedroom was very green and very small, but again, the fireplace is very charming.

The courtyard garden is one of our favorite features of the house, complete with fountain and wisteria-covered pergola, it’s a gardener’s dream - and Rhett Jagger and I can’t wait to get out there to clear out the old and bring in the fresh flowers.

The courtyard garden is one of our favorite features of the house, complete with fountain and wisteria-covered pergola, it’s a gardener’s dream - and Rhett Jagger and I can’t wait to get out there to clear out the old and bring in the fresh flowers.

T.C. & Brenna Michaels, Genteel & Bard

WE’re Brenna and T.C. Michaels, Genteel & Bard

If this world is a garden, we’re planting kindness


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