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Demo – Day 2

By on Feb 28, 2014 in Demolition, First Floor, Kitchen, Renovation, Second Floor | 0 comments

These guys are NOT messing around.  Here’s what they did on their second day.  I am still amazed! I’m particularly excited about the fact that now when you enter, you can see straight back to outside.  (As a matter of fact – you can see Addison’s playhouse.  Jonathan is very proud.)  This change adds a completely different feel of more openness, light and less stairwell “in your face” as you enter.  This has been my first tinge of excitement in seeing a glimpse toward the final product. And all of the light we are going to have in this space.  We are so excited about that! (Especially since we are temporarily living in a cave.) This week showed some incredible progress.  Now this really feels REAL.  We are excited and hopeful that Mother Nature doesn’t rain us out on the next phase of digging and foundation...

Demo – Day 1

By on Feb 27, 2014 in Demolition, First Floor, Kitchen, Renovation, Second Floor | 0 comments

Well, we got our permit.  Now comes the fun!  Watching our home being taken apart was a strange experience.  While we are excited, I was a little melancholy. It is just a strange feeling watching a decade of our memories vanish with the walls. I know our memories did not vanish, but what can I say, I am a sentimental sap.  (Hence that pack rat problem) Our crew is efficient! Kara came and grabbed the kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities and one of the claw foot tubs. We plan on refinishing one of them along with the great sink we swapped with her. It will be neat to see them reused in her partner’s renovation project. What was really cool was to see the real bones of the home.  To think of the memories that these walls have seen over a century! We discovered that there was a door that closed up behind the butlers pantry – with more storage!!  (Hey –  if we knew we had...

A Hint of Spring

By on Feb 24, 2014 in Plans, Renovation | 0 comments

Despite the crazy weather we’ve had over the past month, Spring is starting to show. Sadly that weather has delayed our permit. We just heard that we are supposed to get it tomorrow.  Today I am excited – and – cautiously optimistic!

Winter Wonderland

By on Feb 20, 2014 in Misc, Renovation | 0 comments

This post really has nothing to do with our renovation, but more with our beloved neighborhood. It is rare that we get a snow in Atlanta. This year we had two storms back to back within two weeks. First there was Snowpocolypse: (not Atlanta’s brightest moment) Thankfully we didn’t get caught up in that mess and had some fun! A week and a half later we had a huge ice storm. This time everybody was very sensitive to the havoc that Mother Nature can wreak and the entire city stayed hunkered down. The day after the ice storm, we were treated to a beautiful dusting of snow. I got the chance to snap our pretty houses – which were just gorgeous in the snow. Good thing I did – it melted to slush about an hour after these pics.  Ok Winter – you’ve done your thing. Now it’s Spring’s turn! Spring is THE season that Atlanta is in her...

Moving stinks!

By on Feb 13, 2014 in Renovation | 0 comments

Moving stinks.  Royally. I conveniently forgot how painful it was. Seems odd as I talk about it almost daily with my clients. This move felt exceptionally painful. Maybe they are all, and I just forgot.  There were so many factors:  my packrat tendencies, work schedules, the holidays, discovering Candy Crush, a December business trip to Hawaii, a 4-week sickness caught on that business trip, a chronic bad back,  fear of what we were moving into, and movers coming literally the day after our family left from Christmas.   We had a couple of months to pack and prepare – and we did a decent job – but it was still a terrible and grueling process. Our stuff had 4 places to go:  to donation, to a local storage unit, to a permanent long-term storage unit and into our rental.  These extra choices made it more challenging – at least for me.  If it were up to Jonathan everything...