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The Pour – Part 1

By on Mar 23, 2014 in Cellar, Demolition, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

Things are moving right along.  Spring is here – which means real estate is bustling and work on our house is also busy. I came home for a quick break on Friday to this. http://ouratlantacraftsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/My-Movie-1.mp4 This big dig has been great entertainment for the neighborhood! Thankfully Jonathan was outside earlier to catch the blow by blow. This week the walls will be poured.  Then the structure will really begin to feel like something other than a tornado site. I love that many of our friends have been able to use some of the dirt.  Two of our neighbors have leveled their yards.  There’s plenty still up for grabs!...

The Dig

By on Mar 19, 2014 in Cellar, Demolition, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

After the demo – came the dig. This happened over two days.   That guy in the little excavator went to town! Several friends have commented and wondered if I’m freaking out. Up until now – I’ve been fine.  Now that there’s a 7′ hole under my house – I’m officially freaking. The next steps are pouring the footings of the foundation. We need some clear weather for this. Look like we are in luck for the rest of the week.  Let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates and we get to pouring. Once again – anybody need any dirt?  We’ve got more than plenty of some fertile Georgia clay...

Spring is Teasing Us

By on Mar 13, 2014 in Demolition, Renovation, Side Porch | 0 comments

Ahhh spring, you are really teasing us.  You need to show old man Winter who is boss now! Tonight it’s going to get down to below freezing again.  Ugh.  I know we really shouldn’t complain.  Lots of our friends up north are getting more snow so it could be worse. I’m so glad our cherry tree had a chance to bloom before the freeze.  It only is in bloom for about a week.  Then the little cherries come. Every once in a while we are able to find a few that the birds have not gobbled up.  They taste just like cherries – just miniature – like the tree. I am so happy that we are able to keep this tree.  It was almost chopped down right before we put our contract on the house for a driveway, and it was considered this time.  This was one of the things I did not compromise on and our parking pad will now be going on the other side of the house. Today the side porch...

Pardon Me, but Our House is Undressed!

By on Mar 11, 2014 in Demolition, First Floor, Renovation, Second Floor | 0 comments

Ahh – Spring is finally here.  We Atlantans are not used to a long, cold winter.  Welcome Spring Fever! This weekend we experienced the fabulous Spring weather that Atlanta is so well known for.  The daffodils have popped and our little cherry tree is starting to bloom.  Around the city the blooms of the red buds and bradford pears are peaking. I’m finding myself being a bit sentimental about the fact that this will be the last Spring that our daffodils will bloom in this spot.  They sure are going out with a beautiful bang! And while the flowers are popping, so is the wood from the house!  Apparently we can’t go through dumpsters fast enough. The demo crew are taking off more and more from the back of our home.  Now that I’ve seen it for the past couple of weeks I’ve become a bit desensitized.  Right now it just seems so far from home – both from...

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...