A typical scene: Saoirse looking beautiful, pretending to be innocent. Apollo barking and growling at poor Jayber who’s cowering in the corner/under furniture (I’m probably a bad pet owner for taking a photo before I stepped in to rescue him). Piles of dog hair all about. Furniture stacked up waiting to be refinished or reupholstered for the new house. In short: a mess. Nonetheless, I’m grateful.
I’ve been feeling discouraged easily so I’m determined to make the most of the day, ordinary as it is. It’ll be filled with lots of work around the house and exercising (I’m trying to get in as much of both as I can before surgery), but also spending much needed time with friends we haven’t seen in ages. I don’t think I could ask for more on this beautiful Thursday.
I haven’t posted an update on the house lately simply because most of the work being done was not particularly apparent in photos (plumbing, electrical, etc). Also because things are behind schedule. Now that we’ve moved passed the first rough-in inspection, drywall is starting to go up and the walls smoothed out, closing off former doorways and fireplaces. It’s startling how much of a difference it makes to have the living room, spare room, and master bedroom closed off as separate rooms. Soon drywall will go up in the kitchen and bathroom as well. It’s beginning to not feel like an empty shell but an actual home. I can envision our furniture in place, art on the walls. These photos aren’t exactly exciting, and clearly there’s a lot more to do, but I’m happy there is progress.
Sometimes you find Knoll Eero Saarinen chairs on the side of the road and your week gets a whole lot better. We’re moving in just a few months (an exciting fact that is on my mind all. the. time.) but I can’t stop transforming this space with treasures I love. The cozier the better, and this chair definitely does the trick.
I’ve been spending even more time than usual at home lately. I love to see the early evening sun in the dining room, to watch it transform and disappear. It’s so quiet and calm during this hour, and I cherish the feelings of peace and hope that come with it.
For many years it’s been my father-in-law’s plan to retire from architecture at 70, move here from Florida, and buy a historic building downtown to renovate and live in with us (David and I are immensely blessed and thankful for the incredible generosity and love of his father). This space would house our bookstore as well–store downstairs, apartments upstairs. After years of searching for a building and having multiple options fall through, it was decided that for now a better plan would be to buy a house instead. This, of course, is an incredible gift, but it’s not just for us! The house needed to either have an existing apartment or the capacity to add one relatively easily. After much searching we finally settled on one we all loved and perfectly fit our needs (I could go on and on about how thankful we are that David’s dad included us in the buying process and cared about our desires). It’s in our favorite historic neighborhood, where we all already live now and knew we could never leave. The two story house was originally built in 1936. At some point, the upstairs was converted into an apartment with its own outside stair access. The previous owners kept the spaces flowing as one, using the upstairs for extra bedrooms. For our purposes, the upstairs will be closed off as an apartment for David’s dad and the downstairs is the perfect size for our needs. It’s been more than a year since my father-in-law bought the house, and after some difficulty getting the contractor situation figured out, renovation has finally begun. Hopefully everything will be completed before the holidays. What a wonderful way to end the year, celebrating in our new home.
Before the contractors started, David’s dad went ahead and did some demolition on his own (71 and still working hard), so these photos (of the downstairs only) aren’t exactly how the house looked when he bought it, but you get the idea. There’s a nice fenced in backyard, but I’ll get to that another time. I’ll also post before photos of the upstairs apartment in a few weeks, once renovations start on that portion. Click through below to view more photos.