February 14, 2008
I must apologize―I've neglected my blogs. Been a busy bee working to finish my house…and of course, so much has happened since. The house has been finished and I've made it through Mardi Gras…and the best of all, I have officially moved back home!
There are so many things to talk about. First and foremost, I am so grateful for all of the people who've worked so hard to make this project happen. It was definitely a team effort and amazing to see all that is involved in building a house.
My house is absolutely beautiful and enchanting―inside and out. It has a warm, coriander color on the outside, with canyon (terra cotta) colored shutters, sky-blue porch ceilings, and a buttery-cream trim.
The porch is even more magnificent than I ever imagined. I am ready to start making pots there (its my new studio) until I can refurbish my cypress studio building. My goal is to have completed this project within one year.
The St Augustine grass is back in the yard. It is a strong hearty grass, abundant in New Orleans, and was lush and beautiful before we began the renovation. But a lot of grass died during the reconstruction; Sublett Landscape Architects added filler to the yard and planted new grass. I can't wait to see the lush St. Augustine lawn grow back.
I also just had a walk-through with the landscape architect to learn about the beautiful plants in my yard: sweet olive tree, indigo, banana tree, azaleas, boxwoods, and even more―it is so tropical. Some of the plants are beginning to bud and flower, and the bees have already moved in and are enjoying the nectar from some of the flowers.
I really appreciate the open cell foam insulation under the house, and in the walls. It really makes a difference and helps to keep my house warm and cozy. I have become almost an insulation fanatic (even insulating the hollow casings of my old historic windows). I haven't used the air conditioning unit yet, since I get a natural breeze from the river, which flows throughout my house with the help of my windows and french doors.
I'm still getting acclimated―this is still surreal. I keep saying to my friends, "I have an actual house!" It is so beautiful, so majestic―a palace I would have never, ever imagined. I have yet another reason to love New Orleans and call it home on a whole other level.
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I cannot be more excited for you. As a New Orleanian, I KNOW what you mean by your love for the city. One of the most important things I learned from Katrina is the city IS its people. Without its people, it simply is not New Orleans. Welcome home and thank you for making the city feel like New Orleans again.
The house looks 'great'.You now can enjoy it for
years to come. I hope more people will return and work as hard is you did to get the city back. It is the people that are the hart of it all.
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Ms. Rashida, your house looks beautiful. Your yard is real gorgeous! I'm glad to hear that you're finally enjoying your "new home". xMaria
I am INCREDIBLY happy for you! Watching the show has become emotionally uplifting for our family. We are born and raised Louisianians (I grew up in Lafayette and New Orleans) and having your beautiful home and hopeful disposition on display for the world and make us all very proud. I hope some day to walk up to your house in person.
Best to you, your family, and all your future endeavors. Good bless the Good Old House crew, too!
Congratulations! The house looks beautiful. I love the colors. Can you tell me the paint names and brands used on the exterior?
Hi Radisha, thank you for your wonderful pictures and stories. Your homeis very unique in that it has so much character - everywhere - in the walls, in the dsign, in the floors, in all the additions as well. Did the previous owner start but not finish renovations, or was it just run down over time?
Happy to find you well and working. I moved south in 2003, and I am feeling a kinship with your southern roots. I miss you, and my other Howard people.
Where can I purchase the exterior door, which I call a shutter door