Monday, March 19, 2012

Anatomy of a Renovation

We are modestly renovating our new apartment at 510 Groveland and when I walked in a couple of weeks ago to see what the contractor had done, I almost got sick to my stomach. Now...most of you know I am a designer. I renovate, renovate, renovate! But, guess what? I renovate with my client's money, not mine. I've NEVER renovated a place in my life. Okay....I've painted and I've had my floors done twice.  That story of the shoemaker's child is really quite a cliche, but somehow true, nonetheless.

Why does it make me sick to my stomach? Because I have to pay to put it all back together!!!!!
But I know that, in the end, it will be an elegant place. The crabapple trees outside our window alone will make it beautiful.

We are doing something akin to "lipstick" - just the bones - polish up the floor, add some groovy lights, a coat of white paint and some appliances that actually work. That's about it for Phase I. Then, we move in, unpack some clothes, make up a bed and leave for Italy on April 23 for OUR FIRST RETREAT IN FLORENCE! (Okay, we only have one couple, but it is happening. You know, sometimes you start small.)

For's what 510 looks like and I'll keep you posted. We've got a ways to go before move-in. Painters started today. They are so cute - just very earnest about their work.

The plumber began to plumb the gas line so I could have a gas range instead of an electric one. That is one expensive puppy, but I am going for it. I've lived with a stupid electric range for 7 years and I am so over it! I want my gas back.

And the floor guys are looking for more of the weird wood "tiles" so they can patch the floor where we took out odd little 1980's corner cabinets with glass shelving.

Here is what I saw this morning:


Corner of Living Room - look at the markings from the original picture moulding!
We will replace it.

From Living Room through kitchen into Library / Dining Room

Library / Dining Room - after shelving has been removed.

1 comment:

  1. So fun!! And you just got your pantry organized in the last place! Looking forward to seeing what you do to transform it.