Sunday, July 12, 2015

Goodbye Tree

This week we kicked of the house renovation with our first big project. Taking down the Magnolia tree in the front yard. As much as it was sad to see the tree go, it had to go to bring a gas line into the house. Without the tree there it will be much easier for the contractor to add the second floor as well. 

We hired a local tree expert to take down the tree, due to its size and proximity to the power lines. We knew it would be too dangerous to take down ourselves. We used Frank's Tree Work, owned and operated by Frank McIver, who does excellent work. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for someone to trim or remove a tree in the North Shore of Boston.

This was really something to get to see. Even the neighborhood kids came out and watched.

 What a difference. Looking forward to sharing each step along the way.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Renovation Plans Reveal

We are finally ready to reveal the new plans for our house renovation. These plans are pretty much the final design, there might be a few tweaks left but the over all design is in place.

Existing House Floor Plan

New 1st Floor Plan (big changes, like moving the stairs)

New 2nd Floor Plan

 Existing Exterior Side
New Exterior Side (getting rid of 2 chimneys)

 Existing Exterior Side

New Exterior Side

 Exisiting Front and Rear
 New Front View
New Rear View

Next step is to meet with our contractor and then its on to the town. Wish us luck.

Friday, May 8, 2015

19 Amazing Homemade Kitchen Islands

Hi All  - I was asked again by to curate a board. This time it was to feature DIY kitchen islands, including my own. Here is what I cam up with...

 19 Amazing Homemade Kitchen Islands

Click on the image to explore all these amazing kitchen islands. And if you have not yet seen my creation here is a link.