Friday, September 14, 2012


So. Despite delays in acquiring the city required construction permit work is moving along on our new old house. (Ya'll said you would be interested!) They have been working hard on all the things that can be done without that magic piece of paper.
Rather then pay the big money for new windows we are having the old ones scraped, reglazed and painted.  It's already a huge improvement.

Once the paint cures they will install new storm windows.
Here is the kitchen before.....

The beginning of demo....

And this is what greeted me yesterday afternoon!!!  I am SO glad we can afford to stay in our rental while all this dusty work is being done!

Meanwhile the work is starting on The Studio!!
First the old animal shed is ready to be torn down.  (Our house sits in a portion of the city that was not annexed in until after WWII.  That means it is quite possible that this old shed was used to house some sort of livestock....)

After finding FIVE copper heads I have taken to calling this gentleman "Snake Man".
I was considering saving the shed.  Thank goodness I listened to those with better sense!
The siding on the small garage was in pretty rough shape.  So we are basically keeping the skeleton and going from there....(notice Snake Man still hard at work...probably finding a few more black widows....)
And this is today. Alot of progress this week.  Fabio will be installing the two windows and french doors next week.  It will get all new siding, a new roof and a new coating of concrete on the existing cracked concrete floor.
Tomorrow we head to Caravatis in Richmond.  A very well known (at least locally!) architectural salvage place.  We will be looking for pocket doors and radiators....but I have wanted to visit this place for literally who knows what else I might find!?


cookingwithgas said...

you must be so excited to have all this work going on. And it is great you don't have to live there yet.

Tracey Broome said...

There you are! I was using some of that yarn you sent me to make a little nest for the new barn on my blog, and wondered what had become of you. I see now, you are a busy girl! What fun, I would love to be doing a renovation on a house, it's what I used to do for a living and I miss it some days!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Oh, very cool, Anna! I know how much this all means you two. They seem to be working very fast!