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The three T’s

By on Sep 10, 2014 in Dining Room, First Floor, Kitchen, Linen Closet, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Music Room, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing | 0 comments

Today is about trim, tile and trees. The carpenters were installing the trim. New door casings are going in. The kitchen beams are boxed in. And the transoms we decided to put in above the powder room and pantry are in. We put these in for extra light and so we could reuse our old doors. The old heart pine was laid on the stairwell going to the third floor, and the doors were trimmed out with our old door casings. I love how there is now a little bit of old in with the new. The tile team was also doing their thing. Here’s the laundry room floor. They had to cut the master bath subway tile on site. I love how this is coming together. And I still can’t believe that this is going to be our bathroom! And last but definitely not least, our neighbors had to take down one of the old oak trees. I talk about it here. I will miss this beautiful tree. By the end of the week we will...

The Memory of Trees

By on Sep 10, 2014 in Misc | 0 comments

We lost a good neighbor today. Our neighbors had to take down their 120 year old water oak. One of the things that comes along with living in a historic neighborhood are its great trees. Tom and Mary’s house is the oldest on the street – dating back to the late 1880s. So their trees are some of the oldest. And they are magnificent. Their scale was massive. Here’s a little video in March watching the wind in its branches one afternoon. It’s always so sad to see these beautiful old trees go. But as in life, we all have our day. And if not properly watched, they can become deadly. Back in July a 12″ limb went through a neighbor’s roof on a calm day. Thankfully nobody was hurt and the limb only damaged their front porch. That was the day that Tom and Mary knew they had to take down this massive tree. Neighbors came by to watch and say goodbye. Sadly many...


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...