Hildring House – Back to the Dirty Demo

Debra says that I should always put at least a couple of pretty pictures in a post, so here is a shot of the tile we’ve selected for the laundry room:


It’s going to be hard to find much else pretty for this post – things are getting really dirty at Hildring House. If you’ll put up with some pics of the filth that goes along with demolition, I’ll try to end with something else not so yucky. But now for the mess. Continue reading “Hildring House – Back to the Dirty Demo”

Hildring House – More Demo and a Little Progress

Sometimes, “natural demolition” – usually gradual neglect and disuse – leaves a beautiful structure. Take, for instance, this abandoned church in Howth, Ireland:

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The demo at Hildring House is not so elegant. Nor, however, is it intended to be. Things are moving right along, though. Let’s take a look.  Continue reading “Hildring House – More Demo and a Little Progress”

Hildring House – It's Demo Time!

It’s time for things to get messy – not dirty and decrepit like the street scene from Montevideo, Uruguay, below,

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but sawdust flying and sheet rock dust hanging heavy in the air as the old gets torn out to make way for the new.  Continue reading “Hildring House – It's Demo Time!”

LOAP Alpha – Installment 3 – The Transition Begins



The world is full of wonderful places and spectacular buildings. I wouldn’t even try to rank them. Yet, when you think of a beautiful environment where people live, work, and play, Paris is always among the places that come to mind. The first pic is the interior of the Musee d’Orsay, Debra’s favorite museum. Frankly, I can’t remember exactly what the second is but I do remember that it was lovely, peaceful, and imposing in a non-threatening kind of way. We’d like for the LOAP Alpha to inspire a modicum of those feelings when we’re finished. And we’ve finally begun to make some progress.

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LOAP Alpha – Installment 2 -Demolition and Destruction

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The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg is an example of a spectacularly successful renovation project. During the Soviet era, it reportedly was used as a vegetable warehouse. Today, it’s stunning, inside and out. While our goals for the LOAP Alpha aren’t quite so lofty, we’re shooting for a pretty impressive transformation. But first, things have to get torn up. Continue reading “LOAP Alpha – Installment 2 -Demolition and Destruction”

Progress in the Powder – Part 1

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How lucky we are to live in an age – and a country – with indoor plumbing. This picture was taken a couple of years ago in Bruges, Belgium. The well didn’t have any dating information on it, but the surrounding buildings had date plates from the mid-1600s.

The SoMoToHo has plenty of bathrooms, all of which need updating. Downstairs, there is an en suite in the master and a guest powder, or half bath, across from the library. This is how it looked when we bought the place: Continue reading “Progress in the Powder – Part 1”