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Beam me up, Scottie!

By on May 31, 2014 in First Floor, Kitchen, Lounge, Plans, Renovation | 2 comments

Beam.  It’s been our four letter word this week. We have big beams.  And while in many cases bigger is better, that’s not so much the case here.  In order to support the load – coupled with a large and open space – we needed these massive supports.  What we didn’t really figure in was how darn massive they were going to be. We’ve gone round and round with our team on how to handle these. Once again, Jonathan came to the rescue (with a little help from our friends). After lots of talking about different scenarios with Ryan (builder), Scott (designer) and Steve (draftsman) we needed a little time for Jonathan’s creative juices to percolate on it all. Our compromise is to drop the ceiling a few inches to make them 8″ square.  Then we will add others distributed evenly to give it balance, and follow our original design inspiration. So now we...


By on Apr 28, 2014 in Renovation | 0 comments

I knew that this was going to be hard.  That still didn’t prepare me.  This stuff is really, really hard and at times mentally and emotionally draining. I’m very thankful that we have a great marriage! Renovating your home is not for the faint of heart – that’s for sure.  Every time I get nutted up, Jonathan is there to calm me down.  And when he has been nutted up, I have been the calming one.  I am SO VERY THANKFUL for this. I’m also thankful that we have a great relationship with our builder.  Ryan was a friend first and foremost.  And we have had an open line of communication all along.  Inevitably things come up, and being able to address them and talk through them has been comforting. In order to accommodate a 25′ open span space, these massive support beams had to be installed.  These are way larger than the cute little beams that we had...