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Tick Tock

By on Oct 11, 2014 in Back Porch, Cellar, Deck and Patio, First Floor, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Master Bathroom, Powder Room, Renovation, Second Floor | 0 comments

We are really counting down the days now. As it stands at the moment, we’ll be back in our home in less than a month. Here’s a recap of the last two weeks. When they took up the boards on the front porch everything was rotten underneath. So they rebuilt it. Now we have a beautiful (and structurally sound) front porch! The exterior cellar stairs have been installed. The framing crew built the chases in the kitchen. Farmhouse sink is in. And then the countertops came. Slowly but surely it’s coming together. The vintage tub and sink came back looking sparkly and new. In order to accommodate the tub, the flooring refinishers came and did the hall bath. We got a sneak peak of what our newly refinished floors will look like. We love them! Then the bath fixtures went in. And the old sink was installed in the powder room. This made me really, really happy! The trim guys were...

Can I get a Capital “P” for Progress!

By on Sep 25, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Dumb Waiter, First Floor, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Powder Room, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing | 4 comments

Wow – the transformation of the last week has been amazing. Like “take my breath away” amazing. The haint blue ceilings I have swooned over for years are finally here – and ours. And we get them on two porches! Do we really get to live here? (This is what I keep asking myself…) The cabinets were delivered on Tuesday and the crew have been busy installing all week. To say that we are excited is the understatement of the year. Enough bitching about our current digs – the light is shining bright at the end of the tunnel. (That is a little smile coming from Jonathan’s face!) The old doors have been installed in the pantry and powder room. I really love the view of the new powder room tile through the transom window. It’s fun to have a modern surprise of 1/2″ penny tile covering the entire sink wall. And – next up for this powder...

The three T’s

By on Sep 10, 2014 in Dining Room, First Floor, Kitchen, Linen Closet, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Music Room, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing | 0 comments

Today is about trim, tile and trees. The carpenters were installing the trim. New door casings are going in. The kitchen beams are boxed in. And the transoms we decided to put in above the powder room and pantry are in. We put these in for extra light and so we could reuse our old doors. The old heart pine was laid on the stairwell going to the third floor, and the doors were trimmed out with our old door casings. I love how there is now a little bit of old in with the new. The tile team was also doing their thing. Here’s the laundry room floor. They had to cut the master bath subway tile on site. I love how this is coming together. And I still can’t believe that this is going to be our bathroom! And last but definitely not least, our neighbors had to take down one of the old oak trees. I talk about it here. I will miss this beautiful tree. By the end of the week we will...

Hardwood floors are IN!

By on Aug 27, 2014 in First Floor, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom | 0 comments

On Monday our reclaimed heart pine floors arrived. WOOT! And they are sure pretty. By Tuesday they had been fully installed. We are really pleased. Now we need to play with the stain we are going to apply. Our master – I am counting down the days to get into this gorgeous master suite. And actually walk into an oversized shower… I’ll even take the guest shower. I love the way the light dances off the stained glass window in this room! These also came in today. Pulls and knobs for the kitchen. And one of my most exciting little features – the penny tile for the powder room wall.  I’m...

Drywall – Finishing

By on Aug 16, 2014 in Dining Room, Foyer, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Pantry, Renovation | 0 comments

Our guys spent most of this week finishing the drywall. This took especially long since we do not have crown molding and don’t plan on adding it. They had to pay close attention to every ceiling/wall  joint throughout the entire home.  It’s looking good! We are really pleased with the continuity of this renovation. This is the only space (by design) that is over-scale from what it would have been. And that’s  just the way we want it. We are going to live in this portion of our home. From hanging out in the lounge, to entertaining, to relaxing on the porch.  This is a big space where we are going to really enjoy spending time in. The butler’s pantry is looking good in its new home. Finally our table linens will have a nice home where they will be easily accessed – and regularly used. We are going to have transoms on both sides of the pantry for some natural...

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...