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.