Spinning Wheels?

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It seems everywhere I go these days I run into someone who tells me they are reading my blog. Gee thanks, guys! That really means a lot to me. I hope I can keep you interested.

We are at quite a standstill at 10 Sutherland this week. The demolition crew has finished as much as they can to this point and we are waiting to hear from the engineer.

As you can see from the plans below, we are removing several walls from the first floor. The engineer has to calculate what support we need and where it should be placed to support the second floor. No one needs a bathtub in the kitchen, right?

If you’d asked me in the beginning, I would have assumed I would be impatient waiting around for things to get started. However, that is not the case. I’m seeing that it gives us time to reflect, slow down a bit and really think about how we want this house to become our home.

This week we met with Shane White at Coastal Cabinet Company. Under normal circumstances it would be a bit premature to be talking cabinets. In this case however, we have to make decisions about where to put the support columns so it is important to make sure we are all on the same page. I have to admit, I was more interested in looking at the paint colors and door styles. 🙂 We really enjoyed meeting Shane and look forward to working with him.

I want to take a moment to praise our contractor, Marc Engelke. Ok, I hear ya, “Let’s see what she is saying 6 months from now.”  Well, anything is possible I guess but I doubt that happening.

Everyone I meet that knows Marc says nothing but good things about him. Real Estate agents, the local historian, parents of his children’s friends, the local newspaper, even the lady who he just finished renovating a house!  If you can say nice things about your contractor at the end of the project, he must have done something right. Let’s just put it this way. His momma raised him right. And for that, we are grateful. We feel very fortunate.

Since not much has changed at the house this week I thought I’d include the floor plans; or should I say “proposed” floor plans. As we were told from the beginning, ideas can change daily and they already have. But the plans below will give you the basic idea. I tried to put the first floor and the second floor together to make comparing easier. I hope  it makes sense.

There are so many subjects for the future. I can hardly wait. There’s the history of the house. I have to do some more research before I take a stab at that one. The neighborhood, the very reason we took on this massive project. You can’t have a neighborhood without neighbors, right? 🙂 So far, our new “hoodies” seem to be great. I can’t wait to tell you all about them and so much more.

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Until next time, take care!

Footnote: Since there wasn’t anything new to photograph at the house this week, I thought I’d include a picture of the back of the house which I don’t believe I’ve shared thus far.  I chose it just in case you might have thought this house wasn’t so bad. If so, this picture will surely change your mind!

Compare floor 1


Compare floor 2








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