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Monday, March 8, 2010

18th Century Colonial Renovation: Part II

Progress is being made at the 18th Century Colonial Renovation we've been following ( click here if you need a refresher on the before, or shall I say the in the beginning pics since we're not quite to the after pics yet). As you can see above, the south side has been reshingled and is looking great.
It's never great to see a main post rotted at the base, but it was easily fixable and now the house is nice and sturdy with a replacement piece.

These are the bricks from the center chimney that was taken down. They will be re-used for a yet to be determined project-probably a walkway, patio, or garden border. It's always better for your budget and the environment if you can find a new use for this sort of thing in your project or find someone else who can instead of just trashing them since they are still perfectly useful.

The upstairs hallway is framed out so now noone will have to pass through anyone else's bedroom to get to another room in the house. It looks a little dark in this picture but will actually be plenty bright as there are windows on either end of the space.

The 8' sliding door has been installed in the dining room and makes a huge difference to the amount of light in the space and really connects the indoor and outdoor living space now.

There are still many decisions to be made in the kitchen. The layout of the cabinets and appliances has been decided, but what they will look like has not. Also, the doorway into the kitchen has been shifted from the right side over to the left side so that it is in alignment with the door from the laundry room to the yard. Both of these doors will be glass so as to maximize the amount of light into the kitchen.

The pellet stove vent isn't exactly the loveliest picture, but I included it because it's an area where a design decision needs to be made. It is right behind where the wet bar will be installed, and takes up a bit more space than anyone was really envisioning so now there is a question as to how to maximize the shelving above the bar and not have it look awkward at the same time.
There are so many small decisions that to make in a project like this, but everyone of them needs to be carefully thought through or else what seems like the littlest thing become your biggest daily annoyance. More to come soon!

1 comment:

  1. Wooo! So excited that I can follow the renovation from afar. It's looking good! Can't wait to see more...