Home At Last

After a top-to-bottom overhaul, TOH's Bermuda TV project house is fit for another century

Bermuda Finale
Photo by Charles Anderson
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Common sense would tell you that if you want to do a whole-house renovation in a mere four months, you shouldn't go to a place like Bermuda, where rest and relaxation is the primary industry. Still, last November This Old House television showed up in historic St. George's and set to work on a 200-year-old Georgian house owned by innkeepers Delaey Robinson and Andrea Dismont. And sure enough, by mid March the once-vacant house was again filled with signs of life: a freshly minted addition, bright new plaster over Bermuda limestone walls, a sparkling family kitchen, a beautifully sculpted landscape, and Delaey and Andrea's two sons, Kelsey and Myles, running barefoot throughout.

The house, known as Harbour View, has belonged to Delaey since the early 1980s. But it had fallen into disrepair after he married Andrea and moved out eight years ago. A recent hurricane had left part of the roof ripped off, the kitchen was filled with debris and sorely out of date, and the rest of the rooms held a jumble of cast-off clothes and furniture. Meanwhile, the family was busting out of a small apartment on the grounds of the couple's nearby bed-and-breakfast, Aunt Nea's Inn. Moving had become a necessity, but no one was going anywhere until the old house got a long-overdue upgrade.

With the help of local architect Colin Campbell, the couple came up with a plan that re-purposed all of the downstairs rooms, moving the kitchen to the old dining room, the living room to the old kitchen, and so on. Then they rearranged the layout on the second floor to create two bedroom suites — one for Delaey and Andrea and one for the boys. Campbell's plan also added a veranda, with views of a Mexican-tiled patio below and St. George's harbor over the rooftops. After an expedited permit process (aided by the very accommodating Bermudian government), local builder Alan Burland and a crew of skilled craftsmen, adeptly led by project manager Alex DeCouto, swept in to begin the renovation. Fighting persistent winter rains and sometimes working well into the night, they managed to complete the project before the March 12 deadline.

That week the finishes and furniture designated by interior designer Michele Smith arrived amidst last-minute painting, carpentry, and landscaping, but the crew still managed to get everything put away before the party celebrating the end of the project. That took place on a warm sunny day, by the way, and everyone in attendance relaxed and enjoyed themselves as they admired a job well done. Just what you'd expect in a place like Bermuda.

Common sense would tell you that if you want to do a whole-house renovation in a mere four months, you shouldn't go to a place like Bermuda, where rest and relaxation is the primary industry. Still, last November This Old House television showed up in historic St. George's and set to work on a 200-year-old Georgian house owned by innkeepers Delaey Robinson and Andrea Dismont. And sure enough, by mid March the once-vacant house was again filled with signs of life: a freshly minted addition, bright new plaster over Bermuda limestone walls, a sparkling family kitchen, a beautifully sculpted landscape, and Delaey and Andrea's two sons, Kelsey and Myles, running barefoot throughout.

The house, known as Harbour View, has belonged to Delaey since the early 1980s. But it had fallen into disrepair after he married Andrea and moved out eight years ago. A recent hurricane had left part of the roof ripped off, the kitchen was filled with debris and sorely out of date, and the rest of the rooms held a jumble of cast-off clothes and furniture. Meanwhile, the family was busting out of a small apartment on the grounds of the couple's nearby bed-and-breakfast, Aunt Nea's Inn. Moving had become a necessity, but no one was going anywhere until the old house got a long-overdue upgrade.

With the help of local architect Colin Campbell, the couple came up with a plan that re-purposed all of the downstairs rooms, moving the kitchen to the old dining room, the living room to the old kitchen, and so on. Then they rearranged the layout on the second floor to create two bedroom suites — one for Delaey and Andrea and one for the boys. Campbell's plan also added a veranda, with views of a Mexican-tiled patio below and St. George's harbor over the rooftops. After an expedited permit process (aided by the very accommodating Bermudian government), local builder Alan Burland and a crew of skilled craftsmen, adeptly led by project manager Alex DeCouto, swept in to begin the renovation. Fighting persistent winter rains and sometimes working well into the night, they managed to complete the project before the March 12 deadline.

That week the finishes and furniture designated by interior designer Michele Smith arrived amidst last-minute painting, carpentry, and landscaping, but the crew still managed to get everything put away before the party celebrating the end of the project. That took place on a warm sunny day, by the way, and everyone in attendance relaxed and enjoyed themselves as they admired a job well done. Just what you'd expect in a place like Bermuda.

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Bermuda dining room
Photo by Ann Spurling
First Floor: A formal dining room occupies a space enlarged to twice its former size. The focal point of the room is the cedar mantel, handcrafted by TOH master carpenter Norm Abram and TOH general contractor Tom Silva. Norm copied the design from a period mantel in Aunt Nea's Inn.
Where to Find It

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Architect:
Colin Campbell OBM Limited
Hamilton HM FX, Bermuda
www.obm.com

Interior designer:
Michele Smith
OBM International
www.obm.com

General contractor:
Alan Burland BCM
McAlpine Ltd.
Hamilton HM NX, Bermuda
441-292-2288.

Landscape contractor:
Jefferson Sousa
Sousa's Landscape Management Co. Ltd.
www.sousaslandscape.com

Kitchen —

Custom kitchen cabinets:
Sticks and Stones Custom Cabinets and Countertops
Pembroke, HM03, Bermuda
441-292-5099
www.sticksandstonesmfg.com

Countertops:
Cambria Quartz Countertops
Eden Prairie, MN
866-226-2742
www.cambriausa.com

Appliances:
KitchenAid
Benton Harbor, MI
800-422-1230
www.KitchenAid.com

Sink:
Pro Task
Kohler
Kohler, WI
800-456-4537
www.kohler.com

Window treatments:
Smith + Noble
800-765-7776
www.smithandnoble.com

Floral arrangements:
Paget Park
New York & Bermuda
[email protected]

Dining and living rooms —
Furniture:
Drexel Heritage Furniture Ind. Inc.
High Point, NC
828-391-6540
www.drexelheritage.com

Window treatments, rugs:
Smith + Noble

Engineered flooring:
Lumber Liquidators
800-356-6746
www.lumberliquidators.com

Paint:
Ovation Distinctive Faux Finish
Classic Suede
Pratt & Lambert
www.prattandlambert.com

Cedar French doors:
Baptiste Builders' Supply Limited
Warwick, WK BX, Bermuda
www.baptistebuilders.bm

Ceiling fans:
Vista
Hunter Fan Co.
800-988-4185
www.hunterfan.com

Indoor palm with basket:
Aberfeldy Nurseries Ltd.
Bermuda
[email protected]

Master bedroom —

Bedding:
Smith + Noble

Bathroom —

Vanities, soaking tub, and fixtures:

Kohler

Tile:
Pembroke Tile & Stone Company, Ltd.
Hamilton HM MX
Bermuda
www.pts.bm

Towels and candles:
The Irish Linen Shop
Bermuda
www.TheIrishLinenShop.com

Accessories:
Hamma Galleries
Bermuda
www.hammagalleries.com

Exterior —
Shutters:
Atlantic Shutter Systems
North Latta, SC
866-288-2726


Composite decking:
Trex
800-289-8739
www.trex.com

Resistance pool:
Shelton's Nursery
Spas and Gazebos
Brandon, FL
813-689-6249
www.dencities.com/sheltons.html
 
 

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