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The back is not her best asset

By on Mar 2, 2014 in Back Porch, Deck and Patio, Design, Exterior Elevations, First Floor, Landscaping, Plans, Renovation | 0 comments

The rear of our home was just not attractive.  At some point, the original back and side porches were enclosed when it was converted to a duplex.  It was converted back to single family prior to our purchase, but there are still some of the odd additions from it’s duplex years. Before we chopped the backyard in late 2013 to prepare for the tree that had to come down on the side yard, we had a beautiful back yard. It nicely camouflaged the rear of the house. We didn’t really have green thumbs, but inherited a beautiful English style garden from the previous owners.  It bloomed for us every season.  We really had fun with it in our early years here, but you really had to love gardening to be out there regularly to properly keep it up.  The upkeep just became too much of a burden to us with the combination of having a child – and letting our landscaper go during the lean...

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...

The Waiting Game

By on Feb 10, 2014 in Renovation | 0 comments

We’ve been given the opportunity to practice patience.  Practice, Rinse and Repeat.  I’m choosing to focus on the positive.  Over and over again I am telling myself this.  I think it’s a good habit for the long road ahead. The sign went up right before Snowpocolypse in January. We’ve been out of our home for over a month living in a hovel.   We are eagerly (ahem, I mean patiently) awaiting our permit. We were starry eyed and figured that we were going to be different and start immediately on the date we moved out. Funny how I forgot how awful moving is.  (And I help people do this every day!)  The move boiled down to a simple equation:  11 years in this house + my packrat tendencies +  a December business trip to Hawaii + getting super sick + having a houseful for Christmas = one move from hell! Thankfully that is over and done and not happening again. My next...