Dining on the (NEW!) Deck – A Hildring House Outdoor Adventure from Debra

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Photo by Amber Shumake Creative

Welcome to my looooong overdue post about the deck. I’m not gonna lie, I thought this deck was overkill …. a lot of $$$ …. would it really add that much to the value of the house …. etc etc.

Luckily, it was Mr WTB’s turn to win and so onward we went with the OTT plan. (Dan here. Notice how when it’s my plan, it’s over the top? Just wait until the post about the new 35 square foot bath in Debra’s Domain!)

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

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This is the listing photo— that pergola was quite wobbly, there was a large ‘step down’ from the house to the patio. Continue reading “Dining on the (NEW!) Deck – A Hildring House Outdoor Adventure from Debra”

Hildring House – Mastering the Master Bedroom

Hildring House Master Bedroom

I’m pretty sure I did a post way back there somewhere about the sad state of our master bedroom…. and because this is real life (as opposed to HGTV) it is still in a ‘not ready for photos’ state. There has been progress, and I’ll show you some snippets and the “plan.” Keeping in mind that all “plans” are a moving target around here! Dan here – in italics, as usual – “plans” around here change right up until the minute you drive the nail. And sometimes after. But the results usually are so good that I really can’t complain.

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Hildring House – Still Turning That Corner or Mud On the Walls, Baby!

This is going to be a picture-heavy post. I’m confident that you’ll get a feel for how the spaces are shaping up. But first to discharge my Debra-imposed Pretty Picture duty, let’s continue with the Texas Gardens theme that I started last time. This shot is from a house museum/garden in Weatherford, Texas called Chandor Gardens. It’s a lovely spot.

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And it’s kind of a secret. Shouldn’t be, though. If you’re ever in the Weatherford area, try to check it out. Now, on to Hildring House! Continue reading “Hildring House – Still Turning That Corner or Mud On the Walls, Baby!”

Hildring House -Beginning to Turn the Corner

The Pretty Pictures that sandwich this post are from the Dallas Arboretum and were taken during the summer of 2015. They’re apropos of nothing in the post, really. But I’ve been talking to some landscaping folks and it made me think of summer in Texas and the fact that you really can grow things in 100+ degree weather. Here’s Debra:

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And now, on to Hildring House, where things are beginning to turn toward the finish line (no, really, that’s not just wishful thinking!). Continue reading “Hildring House -Beginning to Turn the Corner”

Hildring House – A Short Post of Contractor Discoveries

Most of the picture credits in this post go to our intrepid contractor on the first phase of Hildring House, Shawn Cowdin. But even contractor updates are not exempt from Debra’s recently-enacted rule of at least two “pretty pictures” per post. So here is the first of two shots from the Chinese Lantern Festival in Dallas a couple of years ago. I thought they would be appropriate, given the electrical theme of Shawn’s pictures in the post. photo 2-2.JPGThe lighting at Hildring House won’t be quite so exotic. The electrical component of any project, however, is critical, no matter how elaborate. The Hildring House situation presented some problems that Shawn let us know about in a series of texts, shown below, that started with a basic lesson: Don’t Cut A Live Wire.

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Hildring House – Stuff is Happenin'

I love architectural contrast. Since Debra has decreed at least two “pretty” pics per post, I’ll use some of that contrast for the first one. This shot is – obviously, because of the iconic CN Tower on the left – in Toronto, taken from the the St. Lawrence Market area looking back downtown.

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Now, let’s see what’s going on at Hildring House –

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