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11/29/2016
This week I want to discuss the elephant in the room: the dreaded hurricane. As you might recall, the story of the mad renovator originated with a visit from Hurricane Irene. Being that our beach house is on the Long Island Sound, we are extremely vulnerable to all forms of inclement weather with the dreaded hurricane being at the top of the list. The lattice are actually break away walls... More
11/8/2016
Surprise, surprise: Once you have your certificate of occupancy, you aren’t actually finished! No one ever tells you this important bit of information—including the contractor! So, there is this thing called a punch list, which is a list of all remaining work that needs to be completed at the end of a construction project, and ours is, of course, substantial and growing. In order to know all... More
9/28/2016
All new buildings and all buildings that undergo extensive changes must obtain a certificate of occupancy, and we finally got ours! I was under the impression that we would have gotten ours about two years ago, but as with many things during this project, it came right down to the wire—as in, “we got the C of O the day we moved out of our apartment in the city” down to the wire. In fact, John was... More
8/23/2016
This week I want to talk about storage—and more specifically—baskets. I am largely in favor of baskets as a primary storage tool, but John disagrees. In fact, believe it or not, we have an ongoing debate about baskets of all things! I am obsessed with baskets. They keep the many small things of life organized, they keep messiness at bay, and they are also pleasing to the eye. John... More
8/2/2016
Who likes white floors?  I do! I am a big fan of white floors. We had them in our Litchfield County house and our Manhattan apartment. I love them so much that I’ve decided to take the plunge again and have them in our beach cottage. The problem, however, is that much like childbirth, selective memory kicks in and it’s easy to forget the pain.  Hallway in our... More
7/1/2016
Last week we began moving furniture in to our Haycock Point beach cottage, including rediscovering and utilizing some great pieces of furniture that have been sitting in our nearby storage space. Coincidentally, my parents also happen to be in the process of moving, and downsizing considerably in the process, so there is no shortage of extra furniture around. My objective now is to use as... More
6/10/2016
I never thought the day would come, but we’re finally beginning the move-in process at our beach cottage. We’ve successfully gotten the first few pieces of furniture out of storage and moved them into the house, and the feeling is nothing short of immensely gratifying! Antique chart best with canvas cover in marine blue - found at The Martson House, Wiscasset Maine  Antique iron... More
5/23/2016
With spring officially sprung, it’s time to deal with the question of landscaping our beloved Haycock Point beach cottage. All of the heavy lifting is essentially done on the house itself, so landscaping should be a breeze, right? Well, a very expensive breeze I found out when I received my first landscaping estimate of $70,000 (including $20,000 for the driveway!)  Not to mention that the... More
5/12/2016
When it comes to finalizing the aesthetic details of your home renovation, let it be known that nobody will see the things that you see, even when they are plainly obvious. Contractors and electricians are blind to these aesthetic details, so staying on top of the proceedings is crucial.  Making matters more confusing, town code often dictates that switches and outlets need to be in very... More
4/29/2016
Have I told you yet about our carriage doors? Many times now I think, but they deserve mentioning again. They are, in a word, magnificent! Based on the antique carriage doors I found in Maine (described in an earlier post), these are the modern-day version—they actually swing open with a push of a button and their big, bold character makes them the true focal point of the... More