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Before and After

By on May 15, 2014 in First Floor, Renovation, Second Floor | 0 comments

Once again I’m a couple weeks behind on the blog. To say we’ve been been busy is putting it mildly! Over the past two weeks our team has written 6 new contracts while working on all of the details of the 10 clients that are closing this month. We are psyched that business is booming and scrambling to take the very best care of each and every one of them. I have joked with several people that I have 3 speeds – stop, fast and warp. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve discovered a 4th – super-warp. I’m looking forward to a little R&R this coming weekend as I know that this fourth speed is not sustainable. My desk is a perfect example of what my life has been like during this time. Thankfully I can at least now see the bottom of my desk (Thanks Michelle!).  Here’s what’s been happening with our house in the last two weeks. We are almost...

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...

Timmberrr!

By on Feb 11, 2014 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Have you ever watched a crew take a tree down?  If you haven’t – you should definitely put it on your bucket list.  It is wild!  Those guys that hang up in the tree with a chainsaw have some serious cojones! We lost our beautiful 100+ year tulip poplar in 2011.  It was massive. Thankfully we caught it before it fell and caused serious damage.  Right before we were leaving on a two-week overseas vacation, we noticed the tree had moved after a terrible storm.  Thankfully our fabulous neighbors handled it for us.  I don’t think I could have stomached watching it come down.  It took them two days, a street closure and a huge crane. I miss that tree.  The kids figured out a practical way to use it in the summer heat. On the rear side of our house we had a spindly old elm.  We treated it in 2003 when we moved in, and then again in 2010 when our neighbor moved in.  Sadly, it...