Old House Chronicles: It’s All Coming Together!

I LOVE this part of the design/build process! Everything is coming together at Old House and it seems like there is incredible progress every day! The floors are going in and yet another surprise – instead of straight-lay hardwoods the installer is matching the existing parquet pattern throughout! Amazing! The kitchen backsplash and counters are nearly complete, the interior and exterior have their first coat of paint, and landscaping has started. The renovation should be nearly completed between this week and next. Wallpaper starts early next week and then the movers show up on April 12th. More progress photos to come!

Old House Chronicles: I Can See the Light!!!

I can see the light at the end of the Super Old tunnel! Tile and cabinetry is almost complete, we passed our plumbing/drainage inspections (meaning we can fill in the horrid trenches plaguing the yard), we have our permanent electrical meter so the guys no longer have to work using a generator (don’t ask!), and paint starts next week! I love the tongue and groove ceiling that we installed in the master bath and the same is about to go into the kitchen. The accent tile for the girls’ bath is going in and I can see the outline of the design. All of the exterior doors and windows are IN! They look gorgeous and we decided to paint them all glossy black. I am going back and forth on how much wallpaper is too much wallpaper. Can there ever be too much? I may stick to the girls’ room and the powder for now and see how it goes. We are getting so close! I think we may actually be able to have Liv & Ryan’s first birthday party in Old House’s back yard!


Old House Chronicles: Hurricane at Old House!!

It is no longer the calm before the storm, it is a full blown hurricane at Old House! The trim carpenter and tile installer are there along with the plumber and exterior door installer. I even met our wallpaper installer there today.

The yard has trenches running through it so I can’t even make it to the front door. I am sure they serve an impressive purpose (drainage) but I could’ve lived my entire life without seeing them. It is an amazing process!

Even through all of the work and workers, I can see the finished interior and it is keeping me optimistic and enthusiastic. I know the mess will be short lived and we are in the home stretch. The movers are going to be scheduled for April 5th, so we will be living in the home one way or another! I am definitely encouraged by the exterior being cleaned and prepped for stucco repair and painting. That will make a WORLD of difference and I will be sure those pics go up immediately!

And Lothar Hofbauer of Element Garden designed a gorgeous landscape for us. I am thrilled to see it realized!

Old House Chronicles: Black Roof Happiness

Got my black roof!!!

I have a new black roof! It looks great with the windows and I am so happy that we made that decision. The interior is sheetrocked throughout and is now being floated. Next steps: stucco, flooring, paint, millwork, electrical and plumbing trim, landscaping and … then move in. Easy, right?!

Old House Chronicles: The Window Treatment

The new windows are IN! Obsidian (aka Black) was definitely the correct choice. IN. LOVE. We are now at the point where Old House begins to be put back together instead of being torn apart so I am feeling good about this!


I am still not thrilled about my brown roof and I think it just has to be changed to black. Dying inside over this. I think its decision time. Black roof. Moving on.


Old House Chronicles: Meltdown Edition

Old House is currently adorned with an enormous pile of dirt, complete with various plumbing pipes and old shingles sticking out at all angles. This is the point in the construction/renovation process where every homeowner has a meltdown to some degree. I thought I would be different, seeing as I handle these projects just like this all of the time. Turns out I’m not different. I may actually be worse than most! Being the OCD person that I am,  I had a total meltdown over the huge pile of dirt with pipes and shingles sticking out. Speaking of shingles… I hesitate to even mention this but here goes. See my lovely new brown roof in the background. Operative word… BROWN. I thought I was getting a black roof to match my wonderful new windows and doors (which I hear are going in this weekend!). I take the brunt of the blame here.Total miscommunication on my part. I wisely said to my builder “please match the existing roof.” To me, this meant a BLACK roof, just like was on the house when I bought it, only brand spankin’ new. To my builder it meant “match the roof as it looked when it was installed 30 years ago before all of the brown part washed away and exposed all of the black part beneath it.” Hence, brown roof. Resolution to this issue to come…

Old House Chronicles: Slow But Steady

Seems that the tag line for Old House will turn out to be “slow but steady”. The weather has not been friendly lately and has been holding up our big plans for progress. Despite our rainy start to the week, much of the framing has been completed! Supposedly, electrical will begin next week. Without the roof installed at this point, I can’t even imagine installing wiring. I have been assured that is the case so I should have an electrifying (wow – painful to write but I just can’t help myself) report for next week!