Monday, November 17, 2014

Cabinets are levitating?

A few years ago, I had some tile work done in my current home. We found a great tile man who took the time to fix things that could have been done a bit better when the house was built. All of our door frames and baseboards touch the slab, which isn't a big deal. But "Joe" explained how the tiles that go around door frames actually need to go UNDER the frame of the door so it will look like the door frame was built on top of the tile. He had a special saw that cut into the door frame to remove the bottom part, after which he laid tile underneath that frame. It does look much better than having grout showing around those frames, now that he pointed it out and talked my husband into letting him do it.

Friday, November 14, 2014

All in the plans

My favorite cabinet foot design has finally been added to the dining room cabinets. While it wasn't exactly easy to find the designs for the cabinet feet in certain rooms, it became a fun challenge.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Careful planning



While our house is meant to look like a home that might have been built in another century, there is no one single home that we're mimicking. We have pulled ideas from plantation homes, recent builds, Houzz, other websites and magazines. While doing this, we have often asked ourselves if this feature might have been appropriate if it been built like this in the 1800 or 1900's.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Time to choose paint, etc

Sometimes the feeling is not unlike that of a West Texas whirlwind. Although currently a few items down the grand "to-do" list, choosing light fixtures has seemed to take over my time.

Monday, November 10, 2014

From the surrey


How could a lover of southern architecture not fall in love with a city that has street after street and neighborhood after neighborhood of classic homes? 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

On my coffee table

........... (and scattered elsewhere)



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Inspiration house #1

The longer we looked at homes, the more "frustrated" I became. Is there nothing for sale that feels like home to us? In an earlier post, I mentioned the years long search that was casually undertaken to find a one story house that contained at least several items on our wish list. However, what I call frustrated, still really didn't have an urgency attached to it. I simply thought there would be no end to the search. That's not necessarily a bad thing since I love looking at houses of all shapes and sizes. I should start listing it as a hobby next time I fill out a form with that question.

Another email address?

When building a house, you might get added to random email lists. You will email for information or place an order and someone has your email address.  I'm not sure email addresses need to be private, but we probably all know how much SPAM can appear in just a few short hours. You may want to consider whether or not you want to keep these unsolicited emails out of your primary inbox.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Would never make it as a thief

If I were dishonest and tried to survive by stealing things, I would definitely starve to death. (Yes, I realize this is a bizarre statement.)

Monday, November 3, 2014

A word to the wise (maybe?)

It started with a small spiral notebook and grew to an organized list on a computer. As we visited open houses, MLS listings of interest, and looked at pictures, periodically we would notice an element we wanted to include in any future house we would build. This list was compiled over the course of twenty-plus years.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

What does the Mason-Dixon line have to do with it?

Wikipedia authors sometime like to confuse me. Pennsylvania was above the Mason-Dixon line but abolished slavery, serving as a partial demarcation line for the legality of slavery.  So, while in the "north" it was somewhat out of place with the states around it. One resident even stated that "Pennsylvania is in the North, but we screwed up. If we had a do-over, we would be in the South."

Never know what you'll find in the newspaper

My husband was reading the September issue of a local news magazine, when he discovered a photo of the front of our house peaking out from behind our favorite accessory - the trash dumpster. (It could be worse. It could have been taken from the side, where the porta-potty stands.) We really need to keep up with the news better. It took us a month or two to notice this photo, which was part of an article about new construction in the area.