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Alderman House Update

Alderman House Update

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After an extensive 18-month renovation the Alderman House is now complete. In partnership with Barton (Barty) and Joyce Alderman, Jimmy and Dee Moncrief (Moncrief Renovations) worked to bring the historical house up to current standards without compromising its charm and character. The house is equipped with new plumbing, electric, windows, insulation and a modern HVAC system. To accommodate these components the house was raised four feet.

“It was a challenge matching the original wood and brick on the exterior,” says Jimmy Moncrief, “but we were able to use old bricks on the new addition to the original fireplaces.”

The interior is a tasteful combination of new and old. New drapes, new chandeliers, but original heart pine floors, refinished to their earliest beauty. The existing fireplaces were designed for coal burning so they were converted to gas and rebricked to current safety codes. Jimmy says the toughest challenge was raising the foundation and the most rewarding challenge was updating the living room. The original fireplace and wood walls were retained to keep the historical character. “It’s essentially a music room with a baby grand piano and an antique organ, no television. It feels like a completely different era when you are in the room.”

“The Aldermans made it easy by having the vision and knowing what they wanted. We were excited to make that happen for them, and we accomplished it within the timeline of 18 months that we promised,“ says Jimmy. Enhancing—not eliminating—the house’s character was key to this loving expansion and renovation.

As Dee says, “The renovation is simply another chapter of the house’s story. The house is now a legacy that will last forever.”