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The dumbwaiter is IN

By on Aug 22, 2014 in Bonus Room, Cellar, Dumb Waiter, First Floor, Laundry Room, Second Floor, Third Floor, Utility Room, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

The dumbwaiter was really Jonathan’s idea. And a great one at that. It’s going to be nice to not have to lug big things up and down the stairs! This handy device will go to all four floors. Here’s the top floor bonus room. Second floor laundry room. First floor utility room. Lower level wine cellar. Our rules are simple – operated by adults only and no living things shall be allowed inside. (Do ya hear that,...

Drywall – Part 2

By on Aug 15, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Office - Hers, Office - His, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

These guys have been working hard. The drywall is all up and they are starting to skim and sand. Entry (just a cleanup and ceiling replacement) Living room (we just added a new ceiling) Living room Dining room (new ceiling and wall) Dining room. Pantry Kitchen The beams are really going to turn out great. Love when good collaboration happens! Kitchen Doors were stained a walnut finish. Porch walls were started. Halfway down to cellar Wine cellar. Upstairs landing (extended a wall, added recessed lighting, new ceiling) Upstairs hall bath (this is going to be such a great guest bath!) Entry hall into master (new everything!) Master bedroom. Master bath. My office (the house ended in the middle of this room and we removed a fireplace, added a closet and second window) Office. Upstairs laundry (beyond excited about this!!) Stairs to third level Third level bonus room The bench they had to...

Riddle me this

By on Jul 28, 2014 in Cellar, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

Riddle me this: how do you hide a piece of drywall that wasn’t supposed to be there? With a wall-mounted riddling rack, of course. It feels great to turn problems into solutions – especially cool solutions (that we would have never thought of if there weren’t a problem).  Turns out we’re actually pretty psyched about this now.  We’ve had an antique riddling rack for years in our dining room, but never thought of them for the cellar. This type of rack is wall-mounted (like the one pictured above) and will offer both form and function to our cellar space. I love when that happens! We measured and will be able to order 5 equal panels to cover one entire wall.  Bye bye drywall mistake and hello cool and functional wine storage. I’m going to try and keep this mindset up. I’ll have another glass of lemonade please!...

Progress!

By on May 26, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Kitchen, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Master Closet - His, Music Room, Office - His, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

Lots and lots of progress has been made over the last two weeks.  Here’s the state of the house as of this weekend. The door will be removed and reused and a window will go here.  This was used when the home was duplexed years back. Framing is almost completed.  The house is wrapped.  Next up is the installation of the windows and the roof.  One thing we are really happy about is that our house looks exactly the same from the front. All you can really see from their is one of the gables. Contextually it still fits in the neighborhood. The entry is pretty much the same, except now you can see all the way out to the back.  The amount of light that has been created is tremendous.  Our house was always a little dark in areas.  That will no longer be the case. This is the music room.  It used to be where we watched TV.  Now, thanks to our friend Kevin who moved to NYC, we will have a...

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...