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:

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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 -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”

Back to SoMoToHo for a Brief, Warm Visit

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Fireplaces have been a part of warm, inviting environments for thousands of years – probably since shortly after humans discovered that fire was not simply something to be feared and avoided. The one above is from Inchcolm Abbey, on Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth just outside Edinburgh, Scotland, and dates from about 1100 c.e. We’re lucky to have a couple of them in the SoMoToHo – one downstairs that is two-sided and one in the upstairs master. This short post is about how we completely changed the look of the one upstairs. Continue reading “Back to SoMoToHo for a Brief, Warm Visit”