January 22, 2010
It's been a while since my last post, but we're still here! The last weeks of the renovation were a whirlwind, from the extraordinary push to complete the work in time for the wrap party, to the subsequent photo shoots (you can see a story about our house in the current issue of This Old House magazine), the holidays,compiling the inevitable punch list for Tom, and simply unwinding after our nearly year-long adventure with This Old House.
In the run-up to the wrap party on November 19, there was quite a lot of finish work left to do. This included final carpentry, painting, as the painters burned the midnight oil to try to get everything covered in time, landscaping, and installation of light fixtures and hardware (finally, some doorknobs!). All hands were on deck during these last days.
Here you can see Kevin and Tom finishing up the living room bookshelves. This wall used to be the outside wall of the house, with a window that looked out to the jalousie-glass porch. It's also where Bill's desk used to be. Now, a pocket door separates the living room from the new family room on the other side.
On the day before the wrap party, electricians complete the wiring in the living room bookshelves and in the ceiling above, where we added new down lights. Painters are working feverishly on the landing to finish painting all those shelves and cabinets.
Somehow order emerged from all that chaos and things got done! Bill's desk has found a happy new home in his upstairs office (with fireplace), and we are all enjoying our "new" living room (BELOW) with its beautiful wall of shelves. Someday I hope we will be able to put a baby grand piano into this corner.
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WOW, the TV eps make it seem so controlled and orderly, who gets the outakes and gag reels?? But as the last episode airs on this current project it's a job well done but just one question, what kinda lighting did you putin the barrel vaulted hallway between the old and new ?
Great Job and Posts.
love the renovation. can you tell me where you got bill's desk or any info about it? We, too, want to turn a old office into a new office / guest room and that desk would look perfect in our room, too!
Gillian, I love the photos - you are my favorite family in recent memory on TOH. It looks like everything turned out well. Congratulations!
I really like how your house turned out. Not sure if I would have had bookshelves facing the stairway but otherwise I think everything is really great. I especially like your new kitchen. I wish we had the same space you had for enlarging your kitchen. It does give me some ideas though and I am glad that TOH picked your house as inspiration for a renovation on a budget. Really great and I think you guys made some wise choices. Hope you have a wonderful year!
Looks like the project is coming along very nicely. Good job on the details.
Gillian..great house, we all enjoyed looking at the progress over the weeks..
We are ready to do a kitchen re-model this spring,and love the look of the back splash and counters you had decided upon..are you happy with your counter tops?..do they show any hard water spots?
Very nice project detail , it give very good info,
What were the beautiful bushes that you planted? They were orange and said to get honey scented flowers in the spring.
Looks good as always. Hope to see you guys back more consistently again soon!
I love the project design. Great pictures.. :)
The house looks amazing, really like how it's turning out.
My wife and I are working on plans for our new kitchen, can't wait!
The wall unit cubbies at the top of the stairs are fantastic. Not just functional but great to look at. Do my house next?..:)
Fair Winds and Calm Seas,
home renovations and remodeling makes your home lively.
Thanks for sharing...
I'm impressed with your recent home improvements looks very nice. you made a nice feature of that window on the stairs
home remodeling makes your home looks good as new..it is important to select the best paint contractor. Make a research to the internet and go hire a local painter which is renowned to the public.
I really love this, its look amazing, your kitchen much beautiful, how your house turned out? its give great info. thanks for sharing it.
Wondering how the Rhino Shield, purported to have been applied to the exterior, is holding up? Was there a guarantee on the product? If so what was the number of years? And who did that work?
One of the classic home remodeling tips is to maximize resale value by spending your money "where the water is". This means kitchens and bathrooms. Also, having a good trim carpenter install fine crown molding, etc. can really dress up your house.