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The Plans – Rear

By on Mar 29, 2014 in Design, Exterior Elevations, Plans | 4 comments

Now that we have moved into the stage of adding vs. taking away – I have ventured back to look at our plans and feel like I can get excited again.  I really had no idea how hard the move was going to be.  I pretty much declared that I had a hall pass the months of Jan and Feb.  March has been back in full swing and even though we are living in a cave, we’re getting our groove and mojo back. This is what it’s going to look like. Off the kitchen is a screened in porch that is the entire width of the house.  This is a feature that I absolutely cannot wait for.  I imagine we will pretty much live out there for over half of the year.  There will be a dining table (for 10) and a swing bed so it will be a great place to dine, hang out, work and relax.  I can just imagine reading or napping on that bed.  Especially this time of year with the magnificent weather.  We might...

Mind the Gap

By on Mar 27, 2014 in Cellar, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

For some reason – the saying on the London Tube “Mind the Gap” is in my brain. Here is our gap.  The space between old and new.  Now that we have foundation walls –  these will come together with the old walls – in a way that the old is honored with the functionality of the new.   Our hope is that this will be a seamless transition. The size and scale of the wine cellar is right here before our eyes.  And for the first time since we started this process, there is something concrete to see. (No pun intended!) Framing is going to start soon. This is such a beautiful time of year in Atlanta and you just want to be outside, and I’m really beginning to miss living in my house.  It will be even more appreciated when we are...

Up Come the Walls

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Cellar, First Floor, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

This is a quote that I suscribe to and try and live by. However, when it comes to our house – SHOW me the WALLS! Despite the cold temps – we got just that. Yesterday they poured the concrete into the forms.  We officially have foundation WALLS! I’m giddy with excitement at the progress of moving forward. To date everything about this project has been to take away.  Now –  we see something being...

A Penny and Some Sugar

By on Mar 24, 2014 in Cellar, Renovation | 2 comments

The concrete dried over this wonderful spring weekend and this is what it looked like as of last night.  I’ve got to get out there tomorrow with a penny and some sugar.  My friend Jeff told me that it’s Jewish tradition to put a penny and some sugar in the walls for sweet times and wealth.  We’re not Jewish, but who’s going to turn down an opportunity for extra happiness and wealth! I’m so thankful that it did not rain yesterday as it was supposed to.  This portion of the project has been the part that really hinges on the weather.  Thankfully Mother Nature is on our side and we’ve had a nice, dry spell. They were busy today.  Bye bye big hole in the ground – hello foundation forms.  You are a welcome sight to see! I am glad that we are not going to have to look at that gaping hole any longer. January and February were really tough getting...

You only live once!

By on Mar 24, 2014 in First Floor, Kitchen | 2 comments

This is my first multi sensory post.  A little drama if you will for a little milestone in our renovation story. http://ouratlantacraftsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/010758917-dramatic-intro1.wav   Today is my sister, Susan’s birthday.  In honor of celebrating it – we have taken the plunge and put down our deposit for our very special splurge.  The Lacanche Sully 1800. For those of you who know us – you know we are serious about food.  It is a passion of ours that has grown as we’ve been together as a couple.  We literally plan vacations around food and dining experiences.  Addison is even becoming a little foodie. Jonathan is a very gifted artist in the kitchen and purchasing this oven is the equivalent of a car aficionado buying their dream car.  This 72″ beautiful powerhouse will ensure that we can feed lots of friends and family for years and...