Old Cloverdale House Renovation

Remember when I e-introduced you to my local friend, Ashley Gilbreath?

Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design | Montgomery Alabama

And how I told you she had just purchased this old house in Old Cloverdale?

Ashley Gilbreath House

Well, the renovation is well underway and Kevin and I stopped by last week to see how things were looking. It was so fun to talk to Ashley about what she has planned for the place!

Layla Palmer | Ashley Gilbreath | Montgomery | Alabama

That board we’re holding up is one of many that was removed from the underside of the roof on the house when they gutted it. They’re planning to re-use the planks on the ceiling in the living room and breakfast room to create this kind of look:

Wood Ceiling | Kitchen

Gorgeous, huh? 😀

Here’s a tour of the place as of last week:

Ashley Gilbreath House | Old Cloverdale | Montgomery | Alabama

Ashley explained that because the home is located in a historic district, the architectural review board (ARB) has to approve every single design decision when it comes to the renovating the exterior of the home. One such decision involved the new roof. The old (flat) roof was failing and didn’t have any attic space directly below it. In order to run central heat and air duct work (which the house didn’t previously have), the new roof needed to be pitched, but the ARB wanted to front of the house to look like it still had a flat roof. Ashley’s architect (Jonathan Torode) suggested building a taller parapet (a barrier which is an extension of the wall at the edge of the roof), to hide the new pitched roof behind it. Here’s a look at the house from behind:

Ashley Gilbreath House | Old Cloverdale

That back parapet matches the one they’re putting on the front of the house, just to keep things nice and balanced.

That addition they built will soon be their master bedroom. Here’s a look at it now…

Ashley Gilbreath | Master Bedroom Before | Montgomery | Alabama

…and here’s a look at some of the other rooms in the house, too. The (soon-to-be) playroom:

Ashley Gilbreath | Playroom


Ashley Gilbreath | Hallway

Living room:

Ashley Gilbreath | Living Room | Old Cloverdale | Alabama

Kitchen off of the living room:

Ashley Gilbreath Kitchen

(There will be an island where that bathtub is currently sitting.)

Breakfast room off the kitchen:

Ashley Gilbreath House | Kitchen | Old Cloverdale | Alabama

And last but not least, here’s a look at some of the photos on Ashley’s Pinterest board for the house:

Ashley Gilbreath | Inspiration

You can click on that link (or photo) to check out the rest of her board, and you can click here to follow her blog: Parish.

Kevin and I look forward to going back over to the house next week to snap some more pics for another blog post. Rumor has it the house has insulation and walls already- which is good because Ashley and her family have to move in in 18 days! 😀

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  1. says

    I love getting a peek into this house during the beginning stages – what possibilities await! This looks to be a gorgeous transformation indeed.

  2. says

    I’m SO going to check out her Pinterest board! We are building a carriage house and I’m looking for ideas for the cozy apartment/guest house we’ve got planned for the upstairs. So far it’s an open shell with soaring ceilings and tons of possibilities!

  3. maryrose says

    I love the pictures, thanks for sharing. I anticipate great things when we see the finished pictures. I sure wish you beautiful country ladies could work some magic on an old city house.

  4. says

    I know that house and I love the Old Cloverdale area…can’t wait to see more of the renovations and hopefully you can follow it thru to all the “afters”!

  5. Marisa Stewart says

    The kitchen is beautiful. I am anxious to see how the rest of the house turns out.

  6. says

    Loved everything about this! I was so happy to see Ashley in this months Cottage Journal that I did my shop’s blog post on her Christmas decorating just yesterday! Can’t wait to follow the progress on her home! I know it will be incredible!

  7. Gillian says

    I’m loving this! As I’m reno-ing my kitchen I’m wondering if you could answer a question for me: I LOVED that first inspiration picture you posted (with the wook planked ceilings in the kichen and dining room) and I know you said she was planning to use the wood she re-covered from the front on the house: What I’m wondering is how (or if?) she is planning on finishing them (staining etc) in any way to get the color more uniform (like the picture!). I’d love to do wood planks on my kitchen and living room ceiling but I can’t seem to find that much uniform barn wood (at a reasonable price) or how to stain new wood to get the finish in the picture! Any tips would be great ( : Thanks! I LOVE your posts; they give me weekly inspiration!

  8. says

    WHAT??? Move in in 18 days? YIKESY! I love the process–it is so darned exciting to see the demo and her new ideas. You are so lucky to peek into so many peoples spaces. I actually visited the guy flipping the “granny ranch” in our neighborhood. I was concerned about his ideas and plan :) He was very nice and walked me through the gutted space. I noticed the open attic above the kitchen and asked if it could be cathedral. He pulled out his tape measure, started talking, and said it was a good idea! On my second stop (to ask a question pertaining to a home issue we had) he said he was doing the cathedral throughout the main living area! Score! I also told him I wouldn’t bug him for a few months. I think it may be time for another visit….he has to have started the herringbone marble in the bath, right?

  9. Irma Baker says

    Hi Layla do you happen to know where the black pendants in the first kitchen are from? I love all the inspiration photos!!

  10. S Dykema says

    I also love Ashleigh’s boots. Could you ask her what brand they are, and/or where they come from?
    The reno project is a home run. Thanks for sharing it.