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It only took 11 years to get off the street

By on Nov 5, 2014 in Landscaping | 0 comments

When we purchased our home in 2003 the owners were going to take out our cute little miniature cherry tree for a parking pad. Thankfully we got there in time and saved it. It had always been on our agenda to create a parking pad. Then life happened. Here we are 11 years later – and we finally have off-street parking! We worked with our neighbors as we had to repair the damage our project had caused on their driveway. We came together with a design that would work together, and not be so much concrete. Additionally we did not want something impervious. Jose and his bobcat came back. The crew lined up the forms. Then the concrete truck came and started to pour.   The finished product – curing. This week Jose and his crew were back and added a nice old-world touch to the apron. The cobblestones provide a nice, vintage touch. We are all very pleased how it turned...

Running on Fumes

By on Nov 2, 2014 in Cellar, First Floor, Kitchen, Pantry, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

There have been many times I’ve said this very thing this year with so much going on. After visiting our project today, I can say I feel it. Walking into our home today smells like a can of turpentine. Between the new cellar concrete stain and the hardwood stain, 10 minutes will get you high as a kite. ( it doesn’t seem to phase our guys!) We wanted an old world look for the cellar.  So we opted with a dark acid wash satin on the walls and floor. The blank will is where we’ll install the riddling rack. This room is going to be amazing when it is complete!  It is a bit of a challenge to stain new pine to match the historic heart pine. Our builder has a stain mixologist that studied wood in college and stain. He came up with a six-step process to match our stain. We left our Halloween candy for the guys because they are working all weekend. The stain is coming together...

Mind the Gap

By on Mar 27, 2014 in Cellar, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

For some reason – the saying on the London Tube “Mind the Gap” is in my brain. Here is our gap.  The space between old and new.  Now that we have foundation walls –  these will come together with the old walls – in a way that the old is honored with the functionality of the new.   Our hope is that this will be a seamless transition. The size and scale of the wine cellar is right here before our eyes.  And for the first time since we started this process, there is something concrete to see. (No pun intended!) Framing is going to start soon. This is such a beautiful time of year in Atlanta and you just want to be outside, and I’m really beginning to miss living in my house.  It will be even more appreciated when we are...

Up Come the Walls

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Cellar, First Floor, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

This is a quote that I suscribe to and try and live by. However, when it comes to our house – SHOW me the WALLS! Despite the cold temps – we got just that. Yesterday they poured the concrete into the forms.  We officially have foundation WALLS! I’m giddy with excitement at the progress of moving forward. To date everything about this project has been to take away.  Now –  we see something being...

The Pour – Part 1

By on Mar 23, 2014 in Cellar, Demolition, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

Things are moving right along.  Spring is here – which means real estate is bustling and work on our house is also busy. I came home for a quick break on Friday to this. http://ouratlantacraftsman.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/My-Movie-1.mp4 This big dig has been great entertainment for the neighborhood! Thankfully Jonathan was outside earlier to catch the blow by blow. This week the walls will be poured.  Then the structure will really begin to feel like something other than a tornado site. I love that many of our friends have been able to use some of the dirt.  Two of our neighbors have leveled their yards.  There’s plenty still up for grabs!...