Life in the Construction Zone – A Quick Hildring House Renovation Update

You know how they say that when you’re experiencing something unpleasant, you should close your eyes and think of being somewhere beautiful? That’s what I’m doing with this first pic – it takes me away from the dust and paint and plumbing and electrical work. Well, that and providing the first of Debra’s mandated minimum two pretty pictures per post.

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Barbados – Winter 2015

The work continuing at Hildring House is leading to a beautiful place, too. Continue reading “Life in the Construction Zone – A Quick Hildring House Renovation Update”

Chaos Reigns – the Hildring House Adventure Continues

Shopping in exotic locales is fun. Debra really loves it. I even get a kick out of it. But Debra really loves it. Here she is in a gallery of sorts just off of Istiklal Caddesi in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul (one of our favorite places, by the way).

The trouble with shopping around the world is that you end up bringing things home.

And then you have to move them. Continue reading “Chaos Reigns – the Hildring House Adventure Continues”

How to Raise the Roofline or From Humdrum to Hello!

So. The problem was the low-hanging eave that stretched the entire length of the house, making an already-below-street-level structure appear fit for hobbits. How to raise the roofline? Here’s a reminder:

6844 Brants 001Not only is your eye drawn downward by the roof, but the entry looks like a cave rather than a doorway. Nothing says “Come on in!” or “Glad to see you!” or “Nice, friendly folks live here!” Continue reading “How to Raise the Roofline or From Humdrum to Hello!”