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Demolition Derby, Part 2

Hello again,

Before we get to all the destruction here’s a glimpse of what’s up in Mum’s garden.  A beautiful and rather rare variety of peony that my mother put in two or so years ago. You’ll note how lovely it looks against the house wrap going up behind it!

Back to demolition.  I have been thinking about it and while it is tough for the yankee in me to tear out perfectly serviceable bits of the house, the maven in me readily rationalizes it.

Below is the front hall pre-demo. Note the overhang above the front door. It made the space feel tighter than it needed to. So, after opening up a piece of the wall, we discovered the we could get rid of that pesky bump altogether….

Voila!  The space has been DRAMATICALLY improved.  Now, you get a sense of height and open space on entering the house and I think we all know what they say about first impressions…..  The painting in the hallway is based on a favorite historic Swedish house  of Mum’s (that if all my mother’s books weren’t packed in boxes in the storage pod I would give you the name of) .  It was painted by Sue Leal a remarkable decorative painter that I have used on many a project.

Stay tuned for the addition of a skylight to make the space even airier and add light to the upstairs landing.

Why stop at ceilings and fireplaces – let’s rip out some walls too! Here is the original living room with the front wall ripped off as they removed the bay window and replaced it with two windows and a wall.  This space will eventually become the master bedroom.

A view from the front – kind of amazing that the house is still standing!

But, my contractor, Jason Richardson of J. Richardson Contracting, LLC, and his team made sure to support everything in need of supporting before they ripped the walls off!

Here is what’s left of the downstairs bathroom that my mother put in and I felt bad about ripping out…..

Here is the sitting room space with the fireplace completely removed. And, a view to the kitchen.

While most of the action is going on downstairs, I am also converting what was a jack and jill bathroom upstairs into two petite, I like to call them “jewel box”,  guest baths, one with a shower and one with a tub.  Now, I can put down my sledgehammer and start building it all back in fresh, updated configurations!


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Kathy May 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I love the wall painting!! The chandelier is beautiful too. I can see where you acquired your good taste. I’ve lived through renovations a few times. I have to say I think I’m finished with that kind of adventure. This is so nice, beings it was your Mother’s home, you know you’ll be staying a long time.

Kim May 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm

The painting in the hall is gorgeous! I love the runner on the stairs, too. It will be fun to see all your plans manifest!


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