New Studio

251  W Main Street, Kutztown Pa 19530

Follow our progress!

There are new and exciting things happening and a brand new studio is in the works! Follow our progress and watch as we transform this old historic Kutztown building (251 W. Main Street) back into the gem it was meant to be. When we purchased the property it required some serious tender loving care, everything from structural repairs to cosmetic details, and a total renovation is underway.

 

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The Original Building

The original building, formerly Penny's Flowers.

Inside the front door to the residence.

The hallway leading into the building and up to the second floor.

The property was a residence for a brief time between Penny's Flowers and our purchase. This was a living area on the first floor in the old storefront which was removed for our studio.

The property was a residence for a brief time between Penny's Flowers and our purchase. This was a living area on the first floor in the old storefront which was removed for our studio.

Living area on the first floor in the old storefront and has been since removed for our studio.

Living area on the first floor in the old storefront and has been since removed for our studio.

Living area on the first floor in the old storefront and has been since removed for our studio.

Living area on the first floor in the old storefront and has been since removed for our studio.

A first floor room used as living area that has been removed to make way for our editing room.

The original kitchen, fist floor

First floor original kitchen

The original overgrown back yard.


Spring time is in the air and it's time to start thinking about clearing the yard. In time, this will be an outside area with wisteria hanging overhead.

Although the kitchen was functional, it definitely needs an update. We decided to remove the ceiling and wall covering hoping to find original brick under all those layers and as luck would have it, there it was! Although it looks pretty bad now, when finished it is going to be a custom hand crafted kitchen with center island. We can't wait to have friends, family and clients visit and share this historic treasure with us.

Starting the tear down.

Drop ceiling and wall cabinets removed.

Removed layers of wall coverings to find original brick.

Brand new windows are the only thing kept in what was the original kitchen.

 

New Kitchen Coming Late July

 

Next Up: Exterior Paint - Watch for painting to begin week of June 27th!

6/26/16     Bob Scheidt painted a small corner to test our color choices. Painting project begins this week!

 

Found this writing under the wallpaper in the hallway. It's difficult to make out but it looks like the dates of when they papered the wall.

Waiting for electrical inspection

6/24 Roughed-in electrical wiring finished and passed inspection

7/5/16 New gutters and downspouts finished and the back of the house painting has started!

Before

Work in progress

New gutters and downspouts in place and starting on the back of the property.

Before

7/5 Work in progress

7/17 - Now that the back of the house is painted it's time to start tearing out everything in the yard. First to go are the remaining trees before the fence is taken out. It has to get worse before it gets better.

7/20

7/26

7/28 Back yard hardscaping finished

8/12/16 - Patio set in place and things are starting to turn green!

 

We purchased the property March 2016 and the first thing on our list were new windows throughout, and by mid April it was the first item checked off of our to-do list.

While we waited for the windows it was demo time! Removing interior walls to make way for the studio and editing room was pure labor....but worth every sore muscle.

Making way for our new editing room

In late April we decided we needed a clean and finished place to work. Dakota tackled the dreaded wall paper removal and in no time had it finished. A fresh coat of paint and new ceiling fan were added and the results were amazing!

Before

After

Next on the list was a structural beam that needed to be replaced. Powderpost beetles did some serious past damage to the main cross beam in the basement and needed to go. After talking with an engineer, it was decided that 3 structural beams should be replaced/added both in the basement and on the first floor due to the age of the building. We also decided to add a 4th beam above a new opening that will lead from the hallway into the studio. Let the municipal zoning permits process begin!

Preparing to start the opening into the hallway

As of the first week of June 2016, all beams have been replaced and things are moving forward. Framing is complete, now waiting for the electrician followed by the drywall crew.

Next (mid June) it's time to start thinking about the front window. We are in the process of replacing the old glass store front window into something stronger and with more eye appeal. Removing wood panels from both the top and bottom revealed old broken glass on top and when removing a small portion of the original floor, we found a cut out which back in the early 1900's was a place to back a wagon for picking up and delivering goods.

6/24 - Time to start taking down wallpaper in the hallway.

6/25Wallpaper and carpeting removed

6/28Drywall delivered and things are starting to take shape.

6/29 Painters started sanding and priming

6/29

6/29

7/7

7/12

7/16 - This weekend we decided to rip up the floors to see what was under what looked like many layers of built up flooring on top of each other.  It was a nice surprise to find a solid hardwood floor under the first layer. It's pretty crazy and I'm not sure why, but there is another full hardwood floor under this one.

7/16

7/19 - The new window arrived this morning and things are starting to look like they are coming together.

7/20

7/26

7/26

8/15/16 - Stopped in at the woodworker today to check on the progress of thekitchen and to choose an edge style for the cabinets. Estimating 2 more weeks til installation.

Kitchen island with pantry laying on top.

Edging choice for cabinets

Cabinets ready for the paint booth

9/2/16 ~ It's been 2 very busy weeks and things are finally starting to take shape. September will be a busy month with all of our hard work coming together.

Two areas of sub-flooring was starting to rot so it was replaced. Another thin layer of smooth flooring over that and the finished floor can by laid.

A few of the cabinets showed up today and installation will begin in a day or two. First the floor has to go down.

9/1 After a long night on installing the floor, Dakota and I were worn out. Tomorrow morning the cabinets installers will be here bright and early!

9/1 ~ While getting the kitchen ready we took the morning to start the stone wall in the yard. The yard slightly sloped toward the porch after the landscapers were finished so rain water came into the porch. This simple fix will divert the water away so planting can begin.

10/1 ~ September was a busy month ending the first 6 months of renovations. Floors and molding have been laid and the kitchen is almost finished. Lots of details to be added so this is when the fun starts!

By mid October new front doors arrived and have been installed.

Concrete pillars are in place and waiting for stone finishes. Iron railing will be installed between the pillars for a fresh new look out front.

Nov 1 - Stone work begins

11-4-16 Stone work finished

12/11/16 Stone backsplash installed in the kitchen

It's the beginning of December 2016 and we are getting ready for Christmas in Kutztown. Our studio will be hosting Santa and we are decorating to make it a special day.

6/4/17.  It's been a long winter and we've never been more excited for Summer. It's time for new things including our new room off the kitchen, re-siding our garage, a new bathroom and a new porch!

6/5/17 What was an old attached room on the back of the building is being turned into something a lot more useful. 

6/5/17 What was an old attached room on the back of the building is being turned into something a lot more useful. 

8/28/17 Our breakfast nook off of the kitchen getting ready for the bench seats.

Stop back often for Continuing updates!