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Drywall – Finishing

By on Aug 16, 2014 in Dining Room, Foyer, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Pantry, Renovation | 0 comments

Our guys spent most of this week finishing the drywall. This took especially long since we do not have crown molding and don’t plan on adding it. They had to pay close attention to every ceiling/wall  joint throughout the entire home.  It’s looking good! We are really pleased with the continuity of this renovation. This is the only space (by design) that is over-scale from what it would have been. And that’s  just the way we want it. We are going to live in this portion of our home. From hanging out in the lounge, to entertaining, to relaxing on the porch.  This is a big space where we are going to really enjoy spending time in. The butler’s pantry is looking good in its new home. Finally our table linens will have a nice home where they will be easily accessed – and regularly used. We are going to have transoms on both sides of the pantry for some natural...

Drywall – Part 2

By on Aug 15, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Office - Hers, Office - His, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

These guys have been working hard. The drywall is all up and they are starting to skim and sand. Entry (just a cleanup and ceiling replacement) Living room (we just added a new ceiling) Living room Dining room (new ceiling and wall) Dining room. Pantry Kitchen The beams are really going to turn out great. Love when good collaboration happens! Kitchen Doors were stained a walnut finish. Porch walls were started. Halfway down to cellar Wine cellar. Upstairs landing (extended a wall, added recessed lighting, new ceiling) Upstairs hall bath (this is going to be such a great guest bath!) Entry hall into master (new everything!) Master bedroom. Master bath. My office (the house ended in the middle of this room and we removed a fireplace, added a closet and second window) Office. Upstairs laundry (beyond excited about this!!) Stairs to third level Third level bonus room The bench they had to...

Drywall – Part 1

By on Aug 6, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Kitchen, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing | 2 comments

I think that the last few days have been as transformative as the days when the demo started. On Friday the drywall was delivered. (Glad I was not here to watch it.) Our neighbors have been very, very patient with us. (Thank you Bill and Susan!!) This guy worked HARD on Friday! Then on Saturday the beadboard ceiling went up on the back porch. Some of the ceilings came down on Friday. Here’s the second floor looking into office – Friday. On Monday and Tuesday the crew went to town.  By the end of Tuesday the 3rd floor, part of the second floor and ceilings were added. Below are some pics from the last two days. Here’s the same office on Tuesday afternoon. My closet – Tuesday afternoon. (I’m smiling!) Master bedroom Saturday. Master bedroom Tuesday. Master bathroom Friday. Master bathroom Tuesday. Living room with new ceiling. Upstairs landing with new...

Riddle me this

By on Jul 28, 2014 in Cellar, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

Riddle me this: how do you hide a piece of drywall that wasn’t supposed to be there? With a wall-mounted riddling rack, of course. It feels great to turn problems into solutions – especially cool solutions (that we would have never thought of if there weren’t a problem).  Turns out we’re actually pretty psyched about this now.  We’ve had an antique riddling rack for years in our dining room, but never thought of them for the cellar. This type of rack is wall-mounted (like the one pictured above) and will offer both form and function to our cellar space. I love when that happens! We measured and will be able to order 5 equal panels to cover one entire wall.  Bye bye drywall mistake and hello cool and functional wine storage. I’m going to try and keep this mindset up. I’ll have another glass of lemonade please!...

Manifolds, Pipes & Lights…

By on Jul 5, 2014 in Back Porch, First Floor, Renovation | 2 comments

Phew – my head is spinning.  Big time. I’ve learned a lot about construction. One thing I’ve learned is that I don’t want to do it again. I didn’t quite expect the constant need for decisions. All of the time. Anxiety comes along with all these decisions. Getting the little things right has always been a big thing in my book. Vacation is right around the corner. The pressure is on. Gearing up for vacation has been quite the feat. When we get back, the drywall will be finished. Because of this, we’ve been scurrying to make sure that every outlet, light, speaker, etc… is in the right place. Decision after decision after decision. A lot has happened over the last two weeks. We got word that our oven has left the factory in France and is on the boat. We’ll be passing her in the Atlantic.  Because of the size, we had to order a custom hood,...