Home again – final touches at Isle of Hope

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Home again from a whirlwind trip to Kauai, Maui, then Vail (haters gonna hate, hate, hate hate, hate)…..and found the house looking SO amazing upon return.

We have a driveway, walkway, and front parking!

Happy New Year, Cottage!

Happy New Year, Cottage!


But I’m most excited because somehow the hardwoods found a way to get nailed down after three epic fails by three different installers (Jeff was not having it).

Jeff had to go through a few installers but we got the job done!

Jeff had to go through a few installers but we got the job done!

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Love the way they turned out


For more information about this home, please call Laure deVegter, Owner/Broker at Laurie deVegter Real Estate (DBA Busy Bee Savannah): 912.220.0957 or SavannahLaurie@gmail.com.

Thank you for following my adventure!

Progress in December – Isle of Hope Cottage is Moving Along!

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Paint, Granite, Hearth, and Trim…Hearth and Trim….

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Its all happening!

This is becoming fun — the details are coming together and the house is taking shape during weeks 14 and 15.

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Jeff shows me what the door surround will appear like.

Jeff has been working to make sure all the details are aligned with the home’s character. This means real wood door and window surrounds with appropriate overhang and ensuring the scale of the hearth is in keeping with the room (I didn’t want to overwhelm the space with it being too high). The selection of the bricks was easy but the color of the mortar? What the? That’s when I could not make up my mind!

Here are some shots from the process:

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The cabinets have been installed and its making me feel better seeing all this happen since I’m heading out of town for the New Year and want to get the home listed as soon as I return.

Isle of Hope Cottage Construction: Week 2

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Floor samples, cast iron tubs, and back hoes, Oh My!

photo 3Started pushing dirt this week–well, I didn’t but the guys did! Lot is looking good! Excited to see activity!

Started playing around with cabinet and floor colors. Found a claw foot tub that needs to be refinished.  Also fell in love with 6” Hickory hand-scraped flooring.

A girl can dream, right?

Here we go on IOH (I hope!)

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Tomorrow is the day!

Busy at Isle of Hope - our variance hearing is tomorrow

Busy at Isle of Hope – our variance hearing is tomorrow


I closed on my  lot after some difficulty on water and sewer requirements/ approval with the help of Joel Gerber’s excellent research team at Brannen, Searcy, & Smith LLP. Something to do with being able to connect to water and sewer  (call me crazy but thought this would be important).

After much debate with friends, fellow Realtors, and family members over tiny house plans I was interested in, Jeff Whitlow at Whitlow Construction, finally set me straight. Jeff convinced me that building a little larger (and opening up my pockets a bit more) was the better plan for long term, even if its a little (179 square feet)  than I had wanted. 

Since I have a background in city planning, you might expect that I’d be a huge proponent of the tiny house movement.  I am! Getting rid of your material burdens, or “stuff”, has allowed me more flexibility in my day-to-day life, work choices, and somehow this all equals out to mean more FUN for me. And that’s why it matters the most to me!  

I’ve gone from 1550 sf bungalow in Atlanta, to a 1300 sf cottage in Ardsley Park, to a my new old house in Thunderbolt,.  I really don’t use the spare bedroom at all anymore (except for Eve, the foster kitty that is missing one toe!) so I really think I’m ready to go smaller. BUT ALAS! The voice of reason sounding in the back of my head….something about everyone else who wants to live in Isle of Hope may not want 843 square feet!

When I go to RESELL, I want a plan that will speak to many potential clients.   I hate to say this, but I decided that an 843 square foot house plan by Southern Living was probably just TOO SMALL for the majority of people looking. Even though I was, (AM, still IN LOVE with the home), I realized the plan would probably not sell as well as the Allison Ramsey plan called the Beaufort River Cottage.

The Beaufort River Cottage is a two bedroom, two bath home has a deep front porch to welcome you home, an airy open-living concept for the living-dining-kitchen, and a built–in storage shed off the back of the home. Its absolutely PERFECT for anyone from a first time homebuyer to a vacation homeowner! Really a flexible plan to suit many lifestyles ALL WITHIN .7 MILE OF THE BLUFF! So…I decided to go for it. Here’s a picture of the cottage that another builder did:

Here's the house! Isle of Hope, here we (hopefully) come!

Here’s the house! Isle of Hope, here we (hopefully) come!

So tomorrow is the big day! We have a variance hearing on the cottage before we can get our building permit. I’m new to all this so I thought blogging about it would help me clarify the details and maybe allow me to share something with y’all as well!

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The cottage has hardi-plank siding and I’ll will do a horizontal strip to protect the crawl space (no girly lattice for me!). I especially like the built-in storage that is to the right of the stairway. No need to fuss with building a shed!

Here’s the scruff: Setback requirements for unincorporated Chatham County say that we have to build 55′ back off the road. Since the little dirt road that is Government Road (don’t get me started on the name!), is only 15′ wide, we are asking for a setback variance so we will not be pushed even further back towards the rear lot line of the lot.

I will keep the blog posted with our progress! In the meantime, fingers crossed!

Greeks, Feasts and Treats

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Hey, Busy Bees!  It’s October, so that means it’s time for Greeks, Feasts and Treats all month long!

Greeks, Feasts and Treats61st Annual Savannah Greek Festival

Times: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Dates: Oct 11-13, 2012 Location: Hellenic Center 14 W. Anderson St. Admission: $2 donation suggested after 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, $2 donation suggested all day Saturday Website: stpaulsgreekorthodox.org Phone: 912.236.8256

The annual festival will feature food specialties, dancing, church tours, market place, a live band and so much more during the three-day celebration of food, music and heritage at the Hellenic Center at 14 West Anderson Street. The festival will have free admission until 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday with a requested $2 donation after 4 p.m. There is also a requested $2 donation all day Saturday. Continue Reading »