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This week is all about lighting, the next project among our never-ending scope of projects! Surprise! The house has an antiquated electrical system, so everything needs to be rewired. This means we now have to start from scratch, an exciting but complex process. We have to figure out which rooms need lights and what type of lights they need. The first step was to go room-by-room and... More
Now that the house is lifted, it's time to get down to everyone's least favorite part of renovating–the budget! Surprise, surprise (I bet you never would have guessed after reading this saga), we've found ourselves terribly over budget. I spent the weekend looking at every minuscule detail of work being done on the house, trying to reduce costs. I like to think of it as... More
By Jaqui Lividini This week miracles occurred: The house is finally lifted! WOW! It's lifted! What was once a house set firmly on the ground is now 9 feet in the air and it's pretty spectacular.  I thought I'd hate it, but I've ended up loving it. It's a completely different house now; it's not necessarily a cottage-style house anymore, but it has such incredible presence at its... More
This week we went to visit our cottage, anticipating it being suspended ten feet in the air. Surprise, surprise, we found it still very much grounded (literally). Because really, things can never go smoothly at this point, right? That would go against everything this blog has been about! The problem, we discovered, is that the house is set on a stone foundation, causing the lifters to... More
The lifting saga has finally come to a close, with the house finally being lifted Thursday. I'll be going up over the weekend to see how that goes. This is so exciting to me—the lifting process has taken so long to actually come to fruition that I can barely believe it's happening! Next week, though, we have the always stressful big budget meeting. When it comes to renovations, whatever the... More
It’s rare in a house renovation that there’s literally nothing to report. This week, unfortunately, that rare fact rings true. Everything is at a standstill! We’re still waiting for the town to approve raising the house, and I can’t express how disappointed I am. I figured when we came back from vacation, when I was still recovering from my bracelet loss, I’d at least come home to a lifted house... More
This week was our last visit to the house before they start lifting it, which was a somewhat melancholy and bittersweet experience. We fell in love with the house as a small, authentic Connecticut beach cottage. So while lifting it is, in fact, saving it, I feel like I’m saying goodbye to the house that was. Inside will still be the same—even better now—but the outside will change dramatically... More
By Jaqui Lividini This week we went to Harborside, Maine, to an amazing store for antique fixtures called Architectural Antiquities. The owner is John Jacobs, who’s been in the business forever and has the most beautiful antique sinks, doors, arches, windows, mantles, portholes, light fixtures…the list goes on! He travels all over New England to find these unique pieces. The store is literally... More
So continues our gorgeous trip through Coastal Maine. I’m hoping it’s coming off as the sequel you’ve all been anxiously awaiting! As we continued east, our next stop was Tenants Harbor. We popped into Stonefish, a store that mixes antiques with modern designs. I, of course, pillaged everything immediately on arrival. I found a temple bell to add to my bell collection (great for clearing space... More
For this week I thought I’d take you on a turn through my trip to Coastal Maine. Now that I’ve taken you through much of the technical renovation talk I figured it was time for something a bit more fun…home shopping! To kick off my first shopping day in Boothbay Harbor, as a New Yorker, I of course contemplated where to get a super big decaf/skim cappuccino.  Boothbay Harbor... More