Tons of updates!

1. The new exterior color is finished, looks like a totally different house

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the back porch

the back porch

2. Sheet-rocking is done.  We also started work on a mantel  for the pellet stove and re-used some old doors from the house for the entry to the basement and the downstairs bathroom.

The great room downstairs

The great room downstairs and the mantel

the kitchen

the kitchen and one of the old doors

a close up of the mantel and the first coat of the paint

a close up of the mantel and the first coat of the paint

3. The stairs are almost done

the spindles look great

the spindles look great

4. Lots of work upstairs as well. The tub, toilet , and shower are in. We also finished installing the skylight shaft.

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the beautiful claw foot tub; check out the floor tiles too!

really cool built-in in the bathroom

really cool built-in in the bathroom

the shower is almost finished too!

the shower is almost finished too!

sheet-rocking and casing, as well as the sky-light shaft

sheet-rocking and casing, as well as the sky-light shaft

close-up of the skylight shaft---going to bring in so much natural light

close-up of the skylight shaft—going to bring in so much natural light

We will be all moved in sooner than you know it!

Windows and Primer

New windows have arrived. We tried to keep as many originals as possible but, we did end up having to install a few new ones. Downstairs in what used to be the horse stall area, there were only a few tiny square windows (I guess horses aren’t as picky about their sunlight as we are) and we really wanted some better light for  what will be the kitchen. Because of the slanted ceiling upstairs, a few of the bedroom windows were so low to the ground that they did not meet code so, we had to replace those. We also added windows in the bathroom and replaced the ugly fire escape door with a huge 6ft window.

Beautiful window replacing the ugly fire escape door, a nice addition to what will be the master bedroom

Beautiful window replacing the ugly fire escape door, a nice addition to what will be the master bedroom

Bathroom windows, the claw foot tub will go directly below

Bathroom windows, the claw foot tub will go directly below

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The newly installed front door

The other big news is that we have started on exterior work. We’re almost finished priming–can’t wait to how everything looks with a fresh coat of paint!

Looks better already

Looks better already

Patios and Doors

Lots of exciting news…

1) We bought a front door! Got it at our favorite salvage place in New Hampshire. We also found a beautiful face plate and doorknob set. They are going to make for a great entry way.

Needs a little work but, this door will be a beautiful welcome into our home

Needs a little work but, this door will be a beautiful welcome into our home

Before and after, these will shine up very nicely

Doorknobs before and after, these will shine up very nicely

Amazing what a little brass clear and some elbow grease will do

Amazing what a little brass cleaner and some elbow grease will do

2) We’ve started refurbishing the sliding barn door–adding insulation and patching in with extra bead board.

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3) The patio is starting to take form. The classic red city hall pavers look great in this herringbone pattern. We can’t wait for BBQs and outdoor parties!

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The rustic, worn look keeps with the time and style of the rest of the exterior (or at least we think it does!)

The rustic, worn look keeps with the time and style of the rest of the exterior (or at least we think it does!)

4) The back door coming out of the kitchen is now functional. We even got a lock put on it in the time after this picture.

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5) So much work has been happening, we needed a new dumpster!!

Soon enough we'll have a moving truck instead

Soon enough we’ll have a moving truck instead

6) We also have an update on the exterior color. We are now thinking to go with something more neutral, in the brownish-grey family. We think it will complement the off-white trim, black storms, and red bricks nicely.

We're thinking something along this color

We’re thinking something along this color

Weekend Update

This weekend was productive.
1)Exterior Decisions
We picked out pavers for the patio, going to go with a classic ‘boston city hall brick’ in a herringbone pattern. We are still figuring out the exterior pain color. Right now we are leaning towards a deep red with an off white trim and black storm windows but, we are open to suggestions. If you have any paint ideas that might work, let us know!

Exterior starting to come together

Exterior starting to come together

backside of the house, ready for a back door in the kitchen and a bulk head into the basement

backside of the house, ready for a back door in the kitchen and a bulk head into the basement

2) The Basement

all ready for concrete to be poured on tuesday

all ready for concrete to be poured on tuesday

3) More Framing
More framing work done upstairs, here is a shot of the upstairs living room area.

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looks so cool with the window

framing for the huge walk in shower

framing for the huge walk in shower

living room from the other direction

living room from the other direction

another cool shot of the stairs

another cool shot of the stairs

New Stairs and old trees

The new, more spacious/ grand stairs are almost complete.

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Beautiful new stairs, can’t wait to pick out some cool baulsters

Some junky trees were taken down from the yard–including one that was blocking the front door and growing into the foundation and one that was about to fall into the neighbors yard.

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goodbye tree, hello front door

In other news, a plumber and an electrician have signed on to the project. As they start to rough in pipes and wires, the general contracting crew has moved outside to begin exterior repairs, re-grading, and building a retaining wall.

Everything is happening very quickly, stay tuned!

Final plans, framing and of course more demo

Lots of progress in the past two weeks. Plans have been finalized and and we got our building permit! So now along with more demo we can start some actual building!!

1) Finalized layout plans

The stairs caused us a lot of problems. We could never quite figure out where to put them so that they would leave us an open kitchen and look okay with the upstairs layout. In the end we decided to keep them in their original place and make them a little wider. This lead us to reconfigure the kitchen and rethink the front door and entry way.

 

First floor plans

First floor plans

Second floor plans

Second floor plans

 

place for the new front door, going to be a great entryway

place for the new front door, going to be a great entryway

2) Creepy basement no more

French drains were installed, rotten beams replaced, and 4 inches of gravel poured, all we need is the concrete slab in place and the basement will be done. It might not be suited for William’s famous club 18 Barrington Basement raves but, it will be a lot less creepy and good enough for storage and laundry.

Starting to look like a real basement

Starting to look like a real basement

3) Framing

All of the framing for the upstairs bedrooms is in place. The pictures don’t really do the space justice but, walking through you can really get a sense of how everything is going to look. All three bedrooms are sizable and have nice closets framed out. The upstairs living room is also a nice size and is going to get such great light. We decided to nix the master bathroom and just have one really nice, big, main bathroom–space for a pedestal tub and walk in shower!

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upstairs framing

We Filled Our First Dumpster

After a few weeks of being tied up by mortgage complications and the contractor bidding process, we finally have an update!

We decided to break the work into a few phases instead of tackling it all at once.  We think this will make the design process more fluid and allow us to better react to discoveries along the way. Speaking of which, the first full day of demolition revealed a very pleasant surprise…

Underneath the crumbling dry wall in the downstairs garage area is more of the same beautiful dark wood that lines the upstairs walls and ceilings, and it’s all in really good shape!  We were thinking we would have to re-drywall but, now we just have to decide how to treat the existing wood and blow in insulation from the outside.

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a beautiful surprise

We also tore down most of the existing wall separating the garage area from the horse stalls. It gives you a sense of just how big the open downstairs kitchen/living room area will be.

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Upstairs, we took down the rest of the ugly 70s paneling

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We filled our first dumpster!

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More soon!

Salvage Shopping

This weekend we made the first of many journeys across the NH border to an architectural salvage place. We got some very cool ideas about flooring, windows and, mantels. Along with all the new finishes, we definitely want to incorporate some details from the time period in which the house was built and salvage places are just really cool. Here are some pictures!

a bunch of banisters and newel posts

a bunch of banisters and newel posts

beautiful stained glass everywhere

beautiful stained glass everywhere

the kind of massive mantel we're looking for

the kind of massive mantel we’re looking for

tons of cool odds and ends

tons of cool odds and ends

reclaimed lumber and scraps

reclaimed lumber and scraps

we will be back!

we will be back!

Making Plans

Check out these preliminary layout plans!

The first floor

The first floor

A welcoming entryway and coat closet, an absolutely HUGE living room (we should probably rename it the party room), a formal dining room and, to top it all of a crazy/cool/huge/awesome/spectacular kitchen—that island is 12ft long!! 12 ft!!

Second Floor

Second Floor

2 big bedrooms, a master complete with an ensuite and a smaller living space

Cross Section

Cross Section

Cross section–gives you an idea of the ceiling heights and how the stairs will work.