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When it comes to taking before and after shots it helps to really know the subject and our two photographers did a fantastic job of recording the home - from it's dilapidated state to its glorious conclusion!
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I have been writing about my experiences while renovating this home since the very beginning. Take some time, have a read through, and get in touch through social media if you like!
Meet Esther, follow her search for the perfect home to restore and find out why a Canadian would buy a home in Alabama.
Esther's bought the home she's chosen to restore and begins to realize just what's she's taken on! Using Danny as her sounding board she has a million questions. Plus, she's still struggling to make sense of those Southern sayings...
Episode Three shows Esther finalizing plans for the restoration of the home, outlining her ideas for the spectacular back porch (featuring Phantom Screens of course), and some of the dilemmas she's facing.
Episode four finds Esther grappling with the realization that in order to properly restore this heritage home the interior must be gutted.
In this special extended episode Esther meets some of the former residents of the home and their families. From Mr. Michael Ford (who is actually in his 70s, not his 80s!) to Miss Myrtle May Morgan Hartman, who was born in the house in 1923, Esther joins them on happy trip down memory lane…
Restoring a home is made up of a million decisions - some harder than others. Explore some of the dilemmas with Esther in this episode - and find out what made her cry.
Episode Seven takes a look at some of the antiques left behind in the house, shows Esther going on a search for some vintage doors and explains how the Oakleigh Garden District came into being. Plus, you'll discover that it rains - a lot - in Alabama and meet Esther's 1948 Ford pick up truck...
Episode Eight explores the joys of a Southern porch and features a tea party on our porch with some very special Southern ladies! You'll get to meet Miss Myrt and Miss Katherine again and enjoy watching a surprise reunion. The episode also brings you up to date on construction so far...
Here's an episode to keep you up to date with what's been happening at Esther's house before the next "official" webisode airs. In this episode you'll get to see behind-the-scenes and what Esther gets up to when she's down in Alabama ...
Episode Nine brings you up to date with construction so far and gives you a glimpse of the home as it nears completion. The episode is centered on the new back porch with its amazing installation of Phantom's Executive motorized screens. You'll get to learn about Esther's long friendship with Miss Beverly Phifer - a special Southern lady - and get a sneak peek of some the home's new decor... Plus you'll find out some amazing ways to use old doors!
Get the latest restoration update and join Esther as she heads out of the house and into the garden - her happy place! In this episode Esther and her landscape designer get to grips with the property, argue about how much sunshine it gets and talk plants, pathways and plans!
It's all coming together now! The home is almost complete and Esther is excited to show off the style of her beautiful Southern home. You'll get to see how she's re-purposed old elements of the Morgan-Ford home and created a really gorgeous Southern inspired interior...
The day has finally come when Esther invites you to tour the painstakingly restored Morgan-Ford House! You’ll get to see every room in all their glory, see the antiques in their places and explore the wonderful new back porch and garden. What’s more, you’ll actually get to hear what Esther plans to do with the house now it’s finished…
We wanted to document every stage of the journey so we worked with a talented bunch of directors, producers and videographers to create a web TV series to share the joys and challenges of heritage home restoration.