Refurbished sinks in every bathroom

It makes us very happy when we are able to save and restore features that are original to our 1905 apartment building. So far, all the bathrooms in the building have original, refurbished sinks. This sink was badly damaged on the side, but Kevin managed to restore it to its original beauty. It now sits in the bathroom in Apartment 2, which is the last apartment we finished. That bathroom has an all-new, pinwheel-tile floor and a white subway-tile shower with dual, vintage-style showerheads. Mirror from Riverfront Antiques in Thomas, WV.

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The fourth apartment (out of six) is ready!

The fourth apartment (out of six) is ready for tenants! When we bought the building, this apartment was by far the most preserved. Whereas walls had been knocked down and doorways moved in the adjacent apartment (which at one point was a perfect mirror image of this apartment), this apartment still had the original floor plan. We were able to keep most of the original lath and plaster walls and the original wainscoting in the living and dining rooms. Doors with transom windows and original hardwood floors preserve the apartment’s turn-of-the-century charm. We replaced all the windows with custom-made windows with a historic profile, which are almost as beautiful as the panoramic river views ;) This photo shows the bay window in the living room and the doorway to the dining room, and the second photo shows the work in progress. It also shows how much the floor (and doorway) slants—three inches from one side of the room to the other. We hope our new tenants will enjoy living here!

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Scrubbing off 100 years of glue and paint

We spent most of the weekend scrubbing old glue and paint off of these 100-year-old hardwood floors. The floors still show a lot of wear, but we're hoping that with some furniture, the focus won’t be on the floors, just like you probably didn’t notice the floors until you read the caption and just saw these beautiful flowers from a friend ;)

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Our kitchen is almost done!

It’s still missing some door knobs, but our new kitchen is almost done! When we bought the building, the roof on this side of the building had caved in in places and the plaster walls were badly damaged. Rather than putting in a new ceiling after tearing out the old one, we kept the beams exposed and the rooms open all the way up to the roofline. We also opened up the attic windows, which had been boarded up, and built new window frames around new glass. Originally, this space was two small bedrooms. We opened up the wall between the two rooms, and that, combined with the new tall ceilings and the additional light from the attic windows, created a much airier space. We were able to keep the 100-year old floors and we sanded and stained them. We wanted a kitchen that complemented the look and feel of our historic building (built in 1905), but two years into this process (and after a lot of "surprises” along the way) we also wanted a kitchen that didn’t completely break the bank, so we opted for an all-IKEA kitchen. The second and third photos show what the rooms looked like before the renovation.

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Ready for tenants on April 1!

The last two rental apartments will be ready for tenants on April 1! Please spread the word!

APARTMENT 1

This quiet, unfurnished, 850-square-foot apartment faces the garden. The bottom floor has a large living room with hardwood floors and three tall windows, and a spacious kitchen with modern appliances, including dishwasher, and washer and dryer. The top floor has two bedrooms with original, painted hardwood floors. The bathroom features a pinwheel tile floor, a tiled shower with dual showerheads, and a refurbished vintage sink with a vintage-style faucet.

APARTMENT 2

This unfurnished, 850-square-foot apartment on two floors features panoramic river views. The bottom floor has a living room, a dining room, and a spacious kitchen with modern appliances, including dishwasher, and washer and dryer. Original lath and plaster walls, doors with transom windows, and hardwood floors throughout preserve the apartment’s turn-of-the-century charm. The west-facing living and dining rooms feature original wainscoting with beautiful bay windows in the living room. The top floor has two bedrooms (one with a 100-square-foot loft and storage) and a bathroom. The bathroom features a pinwheel tile floor, a tiled shower with dual showerheads, and a refurbished vintage sink with a vintage-style faucet.

ABOUT THE BUILDING

The three-story building at 172 Spruce Street was built by the Milkint brothers in 1905 to serve the fast-growing coal town of Thomas, West Virginia. The street-front commercial space was used as a general store until the mid-1960s and then it sat empty for almost half-a-century. Beautifully restored to its original turn-of-the-century charm, the Milkint Building features six apartments and two commercial spaces. Close to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area and the ski resorts at Canaan Valley and Whitegrass, the apartments can be used for permanent living, or as a weekend getaway.

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Our new apartment is almost ready!

Our new apartment is almost ready! The bathroom is almost done and we are excited about our bathroom tile (with excellent tile work by Corey Bonasso). Originally, all the bathrooms had hardwood floors. In some of the bathrooms we put in tile that closely resembled the original hardwood floors, but in three of the bathrooms we opted for patterned tile that complemented the building's turn-of-the-century look and feel. In this bathroom we were able to save and restore the original cast iron clawfoot bathtub and sink, and I'm excited about seeing it all come together. More photos to follow as soon as the tub is back in place!

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