Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dutch Door and Office Remodel

I apologize for the poor quality of these images and don't claim to be a photographer.  I did want to give you an update on Eric's house remodel so you didn't think I disappeared.  We've been very busy working because he now has a move date and we need to get this show on the road.  While the guys have been busy with this project, I've been painting and adding texture to the walls.

This is an interesting and very strange little part of the house.  Eric will be using this narrow room as his office.  I know it looks like an optical illusion, but this room is diagonal to the house.  I love this dutch door!  See that dropped ceiling?  It's gone now.  That thing on the right is a radiator cover.  When they replaced the furnace a few years ago, they left all the radiators.

That English tudor house that you see out this door may have been connected by a tunnel that ran under this room at one time.  That is one story we've been told.  Both houses were built by the same family. This is a prohibition house where liquor was stored in several hiding places that are still there today.  There also is a little room in the basement that is behind a hidden opening in the wall that locks from the inside.  I guess they would hide there if the police showed up.  If these walls could talk I'm sure there would be some great stories to tell!

After tearing out the old ceiling we realized it was going to have to be replaced with something because 
the original ceiling was damaged beyond repair.  Eric decided to go with a plank ceiling.  Here they are white washing it before it goes up.

That last board was pretty tricky because of the angle.  

This is what it looks like now.  They also got the floors sanded and ready to be varnished.
I love seeing my guys working together!

While the guys were busy sanding all the floors I could no longer paint because of the dust.  I decided to remove all the little maple trees that were growing in the hostas and realized on the first tug that it was a vine.  Yes, poison ivy!  I now have what is called a rare form of "black spot poison ivy."  If it's rare, I'll get it.  Lucky for you I won't be sharing pictures of that!


  1. Oh no! Poison ivy! How awful. I have to be so careful of that misery as I wind up sick as a dog and on cortisone. Hope that you have something to treat it. I did manage to get rid of a patch growing between us and the neighbors after three years of treating it with Round-up. On a sweeter note, the ceiling looks great and I'm sure that Eric will make that space work. Is it really a hallway of sorts? Interesting history for that house, too. Maybe he'll find some vintage bottles of hooch.

  2. Love that dutch door and the ceiling looks great! Sorry about your poison ivy!

  3. It's going to be so nice when it's finished. I know he appreciates the help, too. Hope your poison ivy dries up quickly. I used to get it really bad when I lived in can be miserable! Have a good week my friend! Hugs, Diane


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