Labor of Love

Old Lady Antebellum Homes require a little extra elbow grease to keep them "Big, Bold, and Beautiful". 

They are truly labors of love, and it is an incredible privilege to own one.  We have re-invested every penny of revenue during our tenure back into Everhope.

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  • Custom build new Everhope signs for each entrance

  • Drive gate

  • Barn extension

  • Purchase 15 new rocking chairs for the "rocking" porches

  • Add an additional water well

  • Sand and paint main antebellum home

  • Swimming pool? ;)

  • Flower and vegetable gardens

  • Plant pecan grove

2019

  • Replaced air conditioning unit

  • Replaced rotten wood siding on outbuildings with Hardie board

  • Painted interior and exterior of addition

  • Replaced two door handles/locks with authentic period hardware

  • Shutters, shutters, shutters! (in process)

  • Coming November 2019: Everhope is getting a mistress!

2018

  • Replaced rotten wood siding on addition with Hardie board siding 

  • Installed two custom pine carriage house doors from Tennessee

  • Re-painted about 60% of Everhope's white "horse fencing"

  • Painted Everhope addition exterior

  • Bricked the last interior wall of the pecan shelling house

  • Extensive tree trimming

2017

  • Pecan Shelling House Restoration, which took 10 months:  2 bathrooms, living room, loft bedroom.  Everhope can now accommodate 16 guests (in beds...LOL ;>) !

  • Custom built fire-pit using old brick

  • Laid 4 truckloads of gravel to beautify and secure one driveway

  • Poured some 8 trucks of concrete into the carriage house, including two patios

  • Acquired, restored, and installed two c. 1930s gas station doors into the carriage house

  • Placed a "bamboo xhield" around the bamboo garden to contain the growth

  • Rebuilt decayed fencing

  • Re-painted about 50% of Everhope's white "horse fencing"

  • Power-washed the antebellum home and outbuildings

  • Incorporated commercial grade rolling suit/dress hanging rack in each bedroom

2016

  • New architectural shingle roof on the antebellum home  (40+ feet in the air! Everyone was safe.)

  • Landscaping gardens with "native" plant life

  • Bucket truck used for extensive tree trimming

  • Drew up the plans/costs for the Pecan Shelling House Restoration to be completed in 2017

2015

  • Rebuilt front porch of main home with Trex decking

  • Front porch columns repaired and re-sealed

  • Rebuilt fencing where decay occurred

  • Bucket truck used for extensive tree trimming

  • Carriage House Restoration: Installed 1830-ish barn wood on all walls.  Installed lighting

  • New tin roof on the back of the house (a 1990's addition)

  • Replaced some wood siding, on the house addition, where needed

  • Laid a brick walkway to the Pecan Shelling House

  • Re-pointed the front of the antebellum house brick walkway

2014

  • Painted the the house addition - back wall and porch

  • Replaced a water well, pump and piping

  • "Custom" built 3 new screen doors

  • Professionally cleaned all windows

  • Restored one dependency

  • Reconstructed second dependency from the ground up

  • Installed brick stairs, on top of existing concrete, at the front of the main antebellum home

  • Built brick pedestals for 2 Lions to protect the front of Everhope ;>

  • Re-pointed the interior chimneys

2013

  • Purchased and hung an antique British Street Light chandelier on the front porch

  • Removed some 15 dead peach trees and planted 3 pecan trees, some 10 peach trees and a couple fig trees

  • Built grape harbor and planted some grape vines

  • Power-washed the antebellum home and outbuildings

  • Rebuilt a section of fence

  • Took tenant quarters down board by board

  • Excavated fence line overgrowth

  • Bucket truck used for extensive tree trimming

  • replaced multiple thorn bushes with azaleas

2012

  • Replaced water pipes in main home

  • Purchased and installed a 2,000 pound utility pole as a flag pole with US and Alabama Flags

  • Purchased and hung picture rail on plaster walls

  • Inserted cedar into closets

  • Painted front porch

  • Painted some of interior

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