A Carpenter’s Son – Farmhouse Renovation: Part 1
Our friends, Josh and Laura, over at A Carpenter’s Son Design Co. recently took over our Instagram for the day to share the process of renovating their 1800’s farmhouse. Josh started A Carpenter’s Son in 2015, solely as a platform to sell woodworking craft pieces and furniture to raise money for their upcoming domestic adoption. Working hard to use the woodworking business to offset the domestic adoption fees, their Etsy shop and Instagram following exploded. After successfully raising the funds to adopt into their family, the company is continuing to grow and build for a purpose. They continue to raise money for other families to adopt and families who have previously adopted. Stay tuned to see how this farmhouse comes to life with copper and fireclay sinks from Sinkology and a little love from this creative family!
In late spring, we had a crew rip out everything in a new-to-us farmhouse near Columbus, Ohio. When we got down to the studs, we could see that the original part of the house was constructed in the early 1800s. We have fallen in love with the character of this old house, the hand-hewn 10×10 walnut beams that frame it, and the pile of rocks that were the original foundation. We have considered the other families that have lived within its walls, and the ones who painstakingly built it about 200 years ago. I often think about their wash basins, outhouses, and fireplace cooking.
Our family of 6 has taken on the modern “covered wagon” by living in a 360sq ft camper on the property while the renovations take place, and we are thankful that we still have running water and air conditioning. It’s a good practice in gratitude and perspective to consider what life was like for the original family who settled this land while we live here and work hard on making this house into our dream house.
Renovating an entire house is overwhelming! We are not doing all of the work ourselves, but the number of decisions to be made is… a LOT! From layout to window and door styles, light fixtures to how many drawers to put in the kitchen, we are finding ourselves weeding through a list of endless choices. One thing we knew we wanted from the beginning was a deep soaking tub. When we found Sinkology’s Copper Bathtubs, we fell in love. This will definitely be a centerpiece in our master bathroom. The tub has sparked our interest in all things copper, and has really helped us to set the tone for styling our home.
The new kitchen will be the heart of the house – we have 4 boys after all! It will feature the Rockwell Copper Farmhouse Sink, surrounded by dark blue cabinetry and a light quartz countertop. The sink will be accented by oil rubbed bronze and black hardware and copper pendant lights over the island. The island will have a wooden waterfall top built by Josh and room for family and friends to gather around it on stools.
Another important room in a family of 6 is the laundry room! We designed a mud room that passes right into the laundry room so our boys can leave their muddy clothes there. The laundry room will have the Wilcox fireclay farmhouse sink and Pfister Ashfield Bridge 2-handle pull-down kitchen faucet all-in-one kit. I envision soaking lots of grass-stained jeans and shirts covered in dripped berry juices in this sink, hundreds of hands washed before family dinners, and probably even wild animals or rocks carried in the pockets of little boys.
We’ve also chosen a copper vessel sink in our first-floor bathroom. The Eddington Sink and the Pfister faucet in the all-in-one kit will be a beautiful modern twist on the wash basins used long ago. Josh will be building a floating vanity for the sink to rest on.
The boys bathroom upstairs will have the Dalton all in one kit. We went with a nickel sink and brushed nickel fixtures. I think nickel will be easier for the younger boys to care for and they were so excited to see how shiny it is when it arrived.
Finally, our favorite room of the house might just be the new master bathroom. We all shared one bathroom at our old house, and we are looking forward to this place to retreat after a long day of hard work. The Euclid soaking tub is the centerpiece. The double vanity will have 2 Darwin Copper Sinks with Ashfield faucets. We are putting in a shower with a tower fixture that includes a rain shower head and 8 jets on the wall. The master bathroom and bedroom are built in the upstairs of the original portion of the house, so the walls and ceilings have unusual angles. It has been challenging and fun to design.
We are still picking out finishes, tile, paint colors, and many other details. Follow along on Instagram and on future Sinkology blog posts to see how it all comes together!
– Josh & Laura