Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Thanks to Dave (I think that's what his name was) the Excavator, as seen here, we no longer have our AWFUL steep driveway and have a couple of large holes in our backyard:

Saturday, December 19, 2009

...and then there was none

Our plan was to reuse the existing lower walls and main floor framing but during demo we found that the existing framing did not meet code. 

So, now we are left with a foundation and not much else.

At least all the framing will be new the floor will be level

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Farewell "Soft Industrial"...Hello "Elegant & Edgy"

On Thankgiving, I introduced visual images of the interior of our home. It must've been about 9 months ago, when I was reading an article on modern design and honed in on the most fantastic description -- "soft industrial." For some reason, that phrase spoke volumes to me. I loved it! I adopted that phase as a theme for our home and shared it with our architects, who I think, at the time, appreciated it as well. To me, "soft industrial" described raw concrete floors and commercial steel beams blended with touches of wood and warming paint hues. I could vividly imagine walking through our front door and seeing every little detail of our home -- and I LOVED it! And then...that visual experience took a 180.

About 4 weeks ago, our architects shared some new ideas. At first glance, the ideas seemed OK. A minor modification here, a little change there....nothing too significant. WAIT JUST A MINUTE!!! Our previous visions of "soft industrial" seemed to take a more rustic form. More wood. Cozier spaces. Mike started putting our thoughts into an email to our architects, suggesting that we were really quite happy with our "soft industrial." I couldn't stop but thinking that this new interior direction was quite edgy and completely unexpected. Mike completely agreed and immediately erased the email.

So, here we are --  I give you "elegant and edgy" (the new "soft industrial"):


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Post-Second Use...Pre Demolition

The result of yesterday's destruction produced the following:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Things are moving along. Second Use is coming today to take all of our windows, kitchen cabinets, appliances, doors, etc. They help in turning one family's junk into another family's treasure. If you're not familiar with their services or retail location, it's well worth a website visit, or better yet, take a drive to their store.

Hopefully demolition will begin on Monday, Dec. 7th!!!!

Some photos during destruction of interior by Second Use: