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A new obstacle presented itself this week in the form of bureaucracy––specifically Connecticut Light & Power. Every house must have a meter box that gauges how much electricity is used from month to month. For our house we have two choices: a smaller meter box with above-ground cables that start at an electrical pole across the street and attach to a rod sitting on our roof, or a larger meter... More
Although sometimes it seems slow, we are making progress. Here are "before" and "after" pictures. We're getting there!  West side Before:  West side After:    South side Before:  South side After:    East side Before:  East side After:    Great room view Before:  Great room view... More
As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes even the best laid plans have to change in the middle of a renovation project—and that was just the case this week! We met with our contractor to discuss the construction of the porch, and learned that the top of the porch’s shingle column as drawn on the design sketch would create an obstruction of our ocean view.  This news created a bit of a... More
We met with the Design Development team, our designer Charles Riley, and project manager Jeff Thomas this week to go over the fine points and details of the renovation. For instance, what type of floor should we lay in the foyer and where should the sconces be placed on the walls? There are so many decisions to make! I was hoping we would get through the whole house, but we only made it through... More
Things are really moving full steam ahead now!  We were at the house this past weekend and I’m very pleased to report that the stone foundation on the south and west side of the house has been completed! Because the house was built in 1900 and is one of the last original Connecticut beach cottages, we felt that having a classic stonewall would preserve the authenticity of the property.... More
I am pleased to report that a major corner has been turned—the house has been set on its piers!  It feels like the first time in so long that we’ve actually made progress and moved forward instead of backward. It’s an amazing feeling! So the house is locked in place on its piers and we are ready to move on to phase two—which is pouring the concrete foundation.  After the foundation... More
This week presented another series of ups and downs. On Saturday, we met with Jeffrey Thomas, our Design Development project manager, and for the first time we were able to walk up a ladder and go into the house—a little scary actually! You would think this would have been a joyful experience—and it was—but it was also distressing because the interior didn’t look so hot. You may remember that... More
  The plan for this week was to give you an updated progress report on our renovation project after a scheduled meeting with Jeff Thomas, our Design Development Project Manager. But as we’ve learned time and time again on this journey, plans often change, and that meeting was postponed. So instead, I’m going to tell you about the planned décor of my daughter Calliope’s bedroom—which I’m... More
Construction on the exterior of our beach house is currently on hold because of the extreme cold we’ve been experiencing here in the Northeast. This, however, did not stop our beautiful new Italian La Castellamonte wood stove from being delivered this week—despite the fact that the house is not ready! So instead of having this extremely cumbersome and heavy delivery delivered directly to the... More
This week we went to the house to meet with Jeffrey, our Design Development Project Manager, and check on the ledge rock situation. A few weeks ago, you may remember, we established a plan to chip away at the rock with hammers and chisels in order to ensure level ground before laying the foundation. Unfortunately, this process is taking far longer than any of us could have anticipated and will... More