In our new uptown home, we had a bit of remodeling to do. Every single wall (interior/exterior), ceiling and floor is being removed, so essentially we are just starting with the façade and building back.
But something I’ve found interesting with this house, and in older homes in general (I think ours is about 100+ years), every couple decades people just seem to slap on another layer of whatever is popular at the time to redesign. The family that owned the house before us, and whose family it has been in since its house birth, apparently stopped updating around the 70s. Although too bad for us they didn’t stop before they decided to nail laminate over all the original hardwoods.
Or cover every single wall and ceiling, upstairs and downstairs, with this swirly plaster shit. But we later realized, you know after buying the house and all, the plaster swirls were added to hide the fact the walls aren’t straight. Which, of course, we didn’t realize till the siding went up and the exterior of the house looked like heat waves coming off sand dunes in the Sahara.
We’re currently working on that, just FYI.
But they did leave the original fixtures, and these antique crystal chandeliers are enough to make all the time and pain (and expense!) due to remodeling worth it.
And thankfully this time we are hired someone we trust-ish and aren’t forced to do any work ourselves. We’re currently about 3 months in and have about 2 months to go.
Here’s a pic of that room to-date. We’re opening up the large double living room, brought the kitchen to the front of the house and combined the spaces. Although unfortunately for us, I read an article recently that said ‘open concept’ is over.
And I hope to God that’s not true, because at this point I really can’t do much to stop this open concept freight train.
So that said, our ‘post-work’ evening ritual has become heading over to the house to take a peek at all the progress. I asked my fiancé, “once it’s completed, what are we going to do after work everyday?”
“Sit in our new house and figure out how to pay for it.”
So if you’re ever looking for me, that’s where you’ll find me. And hopefully the walls will be straight.