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A video tour of the finished product

By on Dec 16, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Deck and Patio, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Master Closet - His, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

WE DID IT!

By on Dec 7, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Deck and Patio, Dining Room, First Floor, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Landscaping, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Renovation, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

Well – we did it! What a long and grueling four weeks this has been. It’s been especially grueling with my back. As some of you may know, I have been struggling with major back issues for the last couple of years. These last few weeks have practically broken me –  and I’m seriously ready for some R&R.  2015 will be the year that I will finally rid myself of this problem – whether it be holistically or surgically. But despite this bad back and fighting a cold – we did it – with a lot of help from our friends! We pushed our builder, Ryan, to get us in on time – and he delivered! We all knew we were a little premature getting in, and those first two weeks were pure chaos – with almost 20 people a day working at our home. For those of you that have lived through a renovation – I salute you. I could not imagine living for...

The pain is fading

By on Nov 9, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Pantry, Powder Room, Renovation, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 13 comments

Benjamin Franklin summed it up perfectly: “There are no gains without pains.” Walking through our home today, I felt the pain leaving me. I’ve joked with many folks about what this renovation has been like. It’s felt like a bad pregnancy – painful and uncomfortable. But now that we see that sweet, beautiful baby – it’s all been worth it. Now our feelings are that of excitement and joy. We’re probably about 95% done. This next week is moving, punch, lots of the last steps of contractors. It’s going to be a zoo. But it will be well worth it. I was able to snap photos of the home today – almost complete with the last coat of poly on the floors. Here is the living room. The dining room towards living room The dining room towards music room and living room Dining Room towards kitchen Music room Kitchen Powder Room Pantry Kitchen...

A little Glimpse

By on Oct 16, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Cellar, Deck and Patio, First Floor, Foyer, Kitchen, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Office - Hers, Powder Room, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing | 0 comments

It’s been another good week. Here’s a little glimpse of what’s been going on. The back porch screens were installed. We chose something that is very clear to keep it light and bright. Very pleased with this. (I just hope birds do not get curious and decide that they need to come and visit.) The back deck ceiling was completed. And our some of our fixtures went in. I love this versatile faucet and the insta-hot. (Thank you Scott for that recommendation.)  The powder room faucet was installed. I like this much better than what I had originally thought of. Jonathan and I finally get to share a master bathroom with lots of room for each of us. And Addison approves of our tub. It’s always nice to have your 8-year-old’s approval. (At least she is not in charge of her room just yet!) Here’s a feature that is more function over form – and that I am...

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...