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Archive for June, 2009

To get you acquainted with our new house, here’s a little video tour. The links below will take you to a separate web page, and from there, the videos take a minute or two to fully load before they start playing. Please be patient, and you’ll be rewarded with the most scintillating footage you’ve seen since you watched that cat playing piano on YouTube.

These are more or less sequential in the order of how you would move through the house.

First, the living room.

Next, the “other room,” formerly a dining room, we think, but one we will probably use as a movie/TV room (if we ever get a TV).

After that, you enter the kitchen.

From there, you can use a tiny little staircase behind the kitchen sink and head upstairs, but because that stairway was filled with large rolled-up and duct-taped pieces of carpet that I was in the process of extracting, the videographer had to thread back through the living room to get upstairs. Here you will see me dressed in my finest. (And most flattering, I might add.)

Our bedroom will be really cool when we add French doors leading out to the deck.

Sadie’s room will be the first one we fully renovate.

In our dreams, the attic will become a music studio, or guest bedroom, or massive play space for Sadie.

And that’s about it! We’d show you the yard, but there isn’t one. Just the Trotts’ backyard. They say good fences make good neighbors, but we don’t even have a fence, or a stone wall, just the back side of the house, and a few Trott tires leaning up against it.

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Welcome to our new house, and our new blog.

We just bought an 1874 New Englander on the East End of Portland, Maine. It is what’s known as a fixer-upper. Our goals are:

One, to make the house habitable. As it is, the entire top floor is covered with cat pee-stained carpets, there is some water damage in a few spots on the ceilings, there are gaping holes in much of the drywall, and the interior needs to be completely repainted.

Second, we want to renovate while hewing to the spirit and history of the house, maintaining architectural integrity and bearing in mind the character of our neighborhood.

Third, we want to use ecologically sustainable remodeling materials and techniques whenever possible, both to minimize our environmental footprint and for the sake of indoor air quality–an important consideration when you’re cooped up inside during Maine’s six month winters!

Please follow along!

Nick took a hammer to the ceiling about 15 minutes after we closed. It was thrilling!

Nick took a hammer to the ceiling about 15 minutes after we closed. It was thrilling!

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