SoMoToHo – Before & After – Installment Two

It’s time to step inside the SoMoToHo and show some pics of the interior transformation. Again, thanks to Trey Freeze for his lovely photographs and thanks to Shawn Cowdin for his help in bringing about this metamorphosis. So – without further ado and in no particular order, here we go.

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En suite bath in the upstairs master.
After – same aspect.
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After – photo by Trey Freeze
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Upstairs Master – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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View from the en suite into the Master up. Photo by Trey Freeze
Office – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Upstairs office nook – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Stairway – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
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Downstairs Master en suite – before
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Photo by Trey Freeze
Downstairs Master en suite – looking in from the bedroom
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Downstairs Master – before – this carpet was moved upstairs into the office.
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Downstairs Master after – photo by Trey Freeze
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Powder Bath – before
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Powder After – photo by Trey Freeze

We’ll continue our tour of the SoMoToHo interior in the next post – I hope you’ll come along for the rest – we love sharing this journey.

Thanks for reading!

SoMoToHo – Waterworks Continued and Roaring to the Finish

It has been awhile since my last post. Debra and I decided to escape the Texas heat and head WAY south – Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Here is a shot of Debra enjoying the cold weather and admiring the Puente de la Mujer by Calatrava in Puerto Madero, BA. 2016-06-26 15.57.44.jpgIf you’ve been to Dublin, you’ll find this bridge to be familiar. Same architect. Here’s a shot of the one in Ireland:

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See what I mean?

In any event – in addition to escaping the heat, we’ve been working furiously on the SoMoToHo getting her ready to sell. In a few days, I’ll do a “before and after” post with after photos by Trey Freeze, which are always a treat. In the meantime, I wanted to share the progress and some of the “little things” that go into getting a major project like this one ready.  Continue reading “SoMoToHo – Waterworks Continued and Roaring to the Finish”

SoMoToHo Waterworks Continued – The Downstairs Master Bath

The two pics below are from a 2011 trip to Ireland. The first is just pretty – from the village of Howth outside of Dublin. The second is the beginning of the Liffey Swim, an annual event that began in 1920 and has evolved into a big-damned-deal, as you can tell by the number of folks lined up to take the chilly September plunge.

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The next project at the SoMoToHo is the en suite bath for the master bedroom downstairs. It is the largest bath in the house and the one that Debra was most excited about transforming. Since it’s a significant project and since we have some other time-consuming stuff going on, we’ve once again enlisted the help of Shawn Cowdin to act as our contractor. He’s reliable and conscientious and attentive to detail and, while he isn’t shy about making design suggestions, he understands and – most importantly – doesn’t try to change Debra’s vision.

Here are a couple of before pics: Continue reading “SoMoToHo Waterworks Continued – The Downstairs Master Bath”

The Evolution of the Master

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Grandson & Effie

They say to start with a hook, right? What’s a cuter hook than puppy dogs and little boys?

Actually, this is an “after” pic of the master bedroom at the mid-century ranch. As you’ll see later, I stenciled the wall between the bedroom and the en suite with a French poem that Debra found somewhere. You can see a bit of it behind and above to left of the world’s cutest grandbaby. Continue reading “The Evolution of the Master”

Change on the Inside

6844 brants 040Sometimes, the process of change is not pretty. Clearing out the ugly can create more ugly. There were many things that needed changing inside the mid-century ranch. Some were, like the house as a whole, just weary from long service. Others, however, were downright ugly. Continue reading “Change on the Inside”