Saturday, September 02, 2017

I have seen many of my fellow house bloggers come and go...Even Greg, from the Petch House, I see,  has wrapped it up.  I'm not sure what has happened to many of them.  And if any of the "old-timers" are reading this, please let me know what's going on....

I'm not judging anyone who has decided this life isn't for them.   I've had my doubts too:  Has it been worth it?  Has the time and money somehow turned into what I hoped when I first started more than 16 years ago?

Sometimes, the answer is "no."  I often fantasize about selling, and buying a "tiny" house--and using the capital from the sale to help fund other, more fun, more exciting, and less difficult endeavors.  But this house has become something much more than a home.  It has become an identity, a statement of the importance of preserving our past, and a lesson to my children that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.  If I sold it now, I would be selling my soul.


When I look at the home I see my mistakes, my challenges, my willingness to finish.  And although I am not done (I need to finish the garage, repaint,  and complete some landscaping details), I am starting to be able to sit back, have a gin and tonic on a Summer evening, and enjoy the home for what it is--a comfortable place with stories, heart, and a sense of place.

This is our home.











Sunday, November 18, 2012

Landscaping Continues....



Work continues on the hardscaping for the yard.  We had a bunch of left over stones that used to be our foundation.   We are re-using them in the yard.  After the steps are done, we will fill with a gold colored pebble.....
From a Pile O' Stones (that used to be our foundation...)

...To placement

To finally done..


Thursday, March 08, 2012

I'm Still Standing

Is a house ever "really" done?

I know it has been awhile, and some people thought I have fallen off the face of the earth, but you will be happy to know that I'm still standing...and so is the house, which is a good thing.

While the house itself is done (although my wife will tell you that we need some furniture) the yard is still a "work in progress." Here's where we are (in pictures)...





























Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sometimes You Gotta Do It Yourself

There have been times when I fully intended to find a piece to fill a particular need, but ended up making it myself...Take the simple door for example. Our closet was in need of some doors, but I couldn't find any to fit so, I'm making them myself.

Here's the closet:




























and here's the doors in progress:


















We're doing the same thing for the medicine cabinets for our upstair's bathroom...eventually, there will be mirrors in the doors, but for now, here's the progress:



























Here's the downstairs medicine cabinet (finished) that we made awhile ago. Inside, we cut some extra marble for the shelves.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Millworker Man

Millwork ain't easy
Millwork ain't hard
Millwork it ain't nothing
But an awful boring job
I'm waiting for a daydream
To take me through the morning
And put me in my coffee break
Where I can have a sandwich
And remember


Then it's me and my machine
For the rest of the morning
For the rest of the afternoon
And the rest of my life

(James Taylor--Millworker)



















Friday, October 12, 2007

O.K...My Mojo Did Go--But Only For A Little While

Again, as previously posted here, and here, we've been working honest...although we did have a great summer visiting family in San Diego (Beach!!!), and then, later, spending time in Boston (Great City!!!) and then Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire (beautiful!!!). So our Mojo did go, but only for a little while...

We have been working our butts off for six years--forgoing outings, and visits with friends and families--this year we took some time off (two months, actually) and didn't do too much on the house...We did manage to get a few things done as shown below, but first the fun.

Our friends Brian and Tami (and family) have invited us out to Lake Winnipasaukee for years--and always we have declined because the house was in such disarry....but this year things were tied down enough that we thought we could go--and I was afraid that we wouldn't be invited again if we blew them off yet one more time.

Our other pals, Paul and Cami, flew out from Seattle, and we flew out from San Francisco...spending a few days first in Boston--our first trip there. What a great city. We loved every minute. We then went up to the lake and had a great time thanks to our generous hosts (If you are reading this--thanks again)

Paul, diving into the lake...




Lake Winnipasaukee



...And Boston


We did manage to get most of the downstairs finished (most, not all) and much of the time was on trim work--wainscotting, baseboards, door surrounds and the like. This took an incredible amount of time...and I'm glad the trimwork is largely done downstairs.

So here are some obligatory "before" and "after" on the house on the entry of our home.


(Before)




(After)

Did My Mojo Go? Part Two

As I explained in our previous post, we've been busy--too busy to blog much (my bad). But we have been working....

Before we moved downstairs (yet again) to complete the upstairs (trim, floors, bathroom), I wanted to complete as many projects as possible--this included the fireplaces.

As you can tell on the "before" pictures, there wasn't much there...We found some pretty beat up, cast iron fireplace surrounds and had them "powder coated" to prevent further rusting...I then got some salvaged marble (that came off a library) and tried my hand at marble fabrication...Which didn't come out too bad, considering I only had a skill saw, a diamond blade, and a 4-inch grinder to work with...It was surprisingly easy--but I haven't reached Michaelanglo's mad skillz.

Dining room fireplace before:
















The dining room after (with fireplace)


















































































The livingroom fireplace (before)




























The livingroom (after):





































































Thursday, October 11, 2007

Did My MoJo Go? Hell No!

I've been busy since my last blog entry. I need to catch up. So periodically I'll add a post and pictures to prove that my mojo didn't go.


We are still camping with a mortgage. We continue to live downstairs as we do all the trim, floors, and finish the upstairs bathroom. But before we could move downstairs, we had to finish a bathroom...and we did!

Here's the Pics...
Before....

























After: