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”

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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!”

Hildring House -A Major New Project

We closed on a new property yesterday. We’re calling it Hildring House. It is a 1960 modern-ranch-style home. I guess you could call it Radern. Or Monch. For now, we’ll stick with Hildring House. This will be a short post, just to introduce it and give a little feel for the massive amount of work that has to be done to bring it up to Debra’s standards. The potential definitely is there, however, and we’re looking forward to diving in. This first pic is ill-defined, to illustrate that it’s in a kind of amorphous design state.

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Let’s bring it into sharper focus: Continue reading “Hildring House -A Major New Project”

Nautical to Nice – a New Rental Property Project

Wow – seems like forever since I’ve blogged about Chrysalis Casa stuff. We’ve taken a couple of months break, traveling some and thinking about our next project. The 1985 movie “The Goonies” was filmed around Cannon Beach, Oregon. This pic is of Haystack Rock, it’s most iconic natural feature:

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The only relevance to this post is that it’s on the Pacific coast, which brings to mind things nautical which, in turn, reminds me of a rental property that we’re in the process of rehabbing. You’ll see why in a minute. Here is a shot of the exterior:

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SoMoToHo – Before and After – Fin

We’re continuing our interior look at the transformation of the SoMoToHo. Everything is going smoothly with the sale and shortly this home will belong to someone else. We hope that they will love it as much as we have loved creating it.

Let’s start in the library:

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Now we move on to the dining area.

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Here are a few of the family room:

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Debra and Effie contemplating what to do with this space.
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And now for the kitchen:

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Effie was skeptical
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I’ll close with another shot of the exterior, just to say goodbye with.

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We’re very proud of the way this transformation turned out – I’m a lucky guy to be married to someone with Debra’s vision. We don’t know yet what the next project will be but, whatever it is, I hope you’ll come along with us – you make it much more fun!

Thanks for reading – see you next time!

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A Work in Process – The SoMoToHo Family Room

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Inchcolm Abbey

Whether you have one, two, three, or more “living areas” in a house, in order for it to be a home, at least one of them has to focus on comfort. The beautiful ruin (11th century) in the picture above is part of the Abbey on Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Touring the Abbey, Debra and I tried to imagine (without resort to the printed guide or the placards – that’s cheating) what each of the spaces might have been used for . Continue reading “A Work in Process – The SoMoToHo Family Room”