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3 down – 1 to go (for this round)

By on Jul 28, 2014 in First Floor, Renovation, Second Floor | 0 comments

We’re baaaaaaack!   (is it bad that I want to go rigth back on vacation?!) The house has been progressing along. The exterior has received its first coat of paint. It finally looks like it’s a whole home now. We have successfully completed the plumbing, electrical and framing inspections. Insulation went in on Friday/Saturday. The insulation inspection is this Tuesday and is the last of this round of inspections. Then the drywall starts. And, our nifty new doors have been installed in the lounge.   Check out the video here.    I’m really loving this feature! And found this.  I love that our house has this little extra, special blessing...

Progress!

By on May 26, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Kitchen, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Master Closet - His, Music Room, Office - His, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

Lots and lots of progress has been made over the last two weeks.  Here’s the state of the house as of this weekend. The door will be removed and reused and a window will go here.  This was used when the home was duplexed years back. Framing is almost completed.  The house is wrapped.  Next up is the installation of the windows and the roof.  One thing we are really happy about is that our house looks exactly the same from the front. All you can really see from their is one of the gables. Contextually it still fits in the neighborhood. The entry is pretty much the same, except now you can see all the way out to the back.  The amount of light that has been created is tremendous.  Our house was always a little dark in areas.  That will no longer be the case. This is the music room.  It used to be where we watched TV.  Now, thanks to our friend Kevin who moved to NYC, we will have a...

The space is taking shape

By on Apr 30, 2014 in Back Porch, First Floor, Kitchen, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Pantry, Renovation | 0 comments

The space is starting to take shape. For the first time, we have been able to walk in the rooms and feel what the space is starting to become. Yup – we’re pretty excited. And check out these views!  I can just imagine taking a nice, long bath looking out at the trees.  It’s going to be heavenly! Thankfully we missed the predicted horrible weather.  Our framers will be back at it this week and pretty soon we’ll have the house boxed up. Our Rhododendron and Iris are peeking out and saying hi. Stay tuned – every day it’s looking more and more like a...

Cha-cha-cha-changes

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...

Framing – Day 3

By on Apr 26, 2014 in Renovation | 0 comments

Things are moving fast and starting to take shape. Here is what went up today.  We officially have WALLS! On Monday we will have the majority of the first floor framing down.  It’s quickly beginning to feel like we will have a new home to move into!...