Monthly Archives: June 2016

Tone & Texture

For as long as I can remember, the exterior of the house has been painted white.
View from the front pasture, winter 2015
(Riggy runs ahead)
After we bought the house and started studying its style, we realized that some of its charm was lost in the sea of white.  Case in point, the wooden corbels. These brackets under the eaves are part of what make the house a bungalow, and because they’re the same color as the siding they’re hardly seen to the untrained eye.

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Framing It Up

When we purchased the property, the existing stairs were pretty… but not very practical.
They had a sharp 90 degree turn and a landing on a ‘hill’ between the den and downstairs bath.
Can you imagine trying to move furniture upstairs? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slipped making that turn as a kid playing at Grandma’s house.
Viewpoint of stairs from den, circa 2015

And there was light

And God said, “Let there be light,”… 
Morning sun coming up from my Houston office

…and there was light.

Genesis 1:3

At grandma’s house, the living room always seemed a little dark. My mom and uncles thought that they remembered having large casement windows on either side of the fireplace growing up.  Blaine and I checked Stillwell’s house plan, and saw that windows were indeed meant to be flanking the fireplace in the living room.

Blue arrows point to windows flanking fireplace

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Heavy Lifting


To accommodate the new open design of the kitchen and dining room area, a load bearing wall had to be removed.

Existing load bearing wall between breakfast room (future kitchen area) and dining room.
Photo taken standing in dining room.
Another view of existing load bearing wall on the left of this photo.

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