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David, Ashley and one of their daughters, Lottie, who didn’t want to miss out on the photo op.

When Ashely and David Johnson purchased their 1910 dutch colonial in downtown Southern Pines in 2017, they embarked on a mission to restore the home to its former glory.

For the past two years, the Johnsons have spent their days digging up more than a century’s worth of history and putting it all back together, piece by piece. And yes, their five children have been excellent helpers throughout the whole process.

When the Johnsons began the restoration project, they started with the master bedroom. | photo courtesy of Ashley and David Johnson
They learned from a previous project that being able to come into a finished bedroom after a day of working is a must.

“Our goal going in was to restore it rather than remodel, which for us means bringing it back to what it was in 1910 — or what it possibly could have been,” Ashley said.

Ashley’s love of restoring houses stems from her childhood. She recalls fixing up a home built in 1906 with her family and rewiring electricity with her father. David worked as a carpenter before he enlisted in the military and, according to Ashley, has an “insane eye for detail.”

This clamshell sink was salvaged from a 1906 home that Ashely helped her father restore. She included it in the dutch colonial as an homage to how her passion for restoration began.
The vanity. The sink. The mirror. The moldings and trim. We die. | photo courtesy of Ashley and David Johnson

David is currently in the process of building cabinets for the kitchen that match the time period, and together Ashely and David are working to restore the home’s original hardwood floors.

Even without cabinet fronts, the kitchen is giving us all of the vintage feels.

Prior to the Johnsons purchasing the 1910 dutch colonial, it was the victim of some interesting trends throughout the years that were once considered “upgrades.” Needless to say, Ashley and David have ripped up many layers of linoleum and removed wood paneling that once covered the walls.

Historical accuracy is important to Ashley and David. In fact, it’s so important that the couple has combed through historical records to ensure that their restorations are true to the time period.

Ashley and David stripped layers and layers of paint from this banister to reveal its original form. Oh, and Ashley salvaged the door to the left from an old house in Carthage that was built around 1911.
Coming soon: ripping up this hardwood in the living room that was laid in the 1950s to reveal the original floors.

From replicating the home’s original trim, to scouring antique shops and Facebook marketplace for parts, Ashley and David are ensuring that the house is as true to its original form as possible.

There are certain modern amenities that are necessary — you know like functioning appliances and electrical outlets. Ashley found a store in Colorado that makes appliances that resemble old-timey ice boxes, and they recently installed push-button light switches throughout the entire house to fit the whole “early 20th century” vibe.

We’re still obsessing over this fridge disguised as an ice box.

The Johnsons are taking the restoration one room and one project at a time. David said he hopes that they’re finished with the whole thing by 2024 when he retires from the Army. Until then, the Johnsons are embracing the balance of restoring the home and raising their children — a challenge that they say is definitely worth it.

We just love to see history brought back, ” David said. “If we wipe out old historic homes and all that they were built upon, then we’re basically wiping away history.”

Intrigued? Ashley and David are keeping the public updated on Instagram. Follow @1910_revolution to track their progress.

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