Thursday, April 9, 2009

Entry Modification Phase 1

Considering the amount of money renovating an old house can gobble up, it was to our benefit most of our initial projects were purge based. Beige carpet lined the entry, office, stairs and the entire lower level. Victorian wallpaper lined the walls of the upstairs bathroom and office while metallic gold curtains lined the windows. Aqua colored Plexiglass detailed lights and ceiling fans paired with bronze hardware portrayed and interesting moment in time (1984 I think) where these things were actually considered 'style'. Gened mangled and half-assed most of his efforts here. Whether it be an electrically taped wire connection, a countertop just sitting on cabinetry by its own weight, or spray paint marblized wall paper, not much became a suprise after a few months.

One of our first interventions was to remove the carpet and part of the railing in the entry space. The glass block railing w/ carpet in the picture is how we first moved in. The entry area features a unique green stone (still unidentified formally) as seen in the pictures, the fireplace hearth also has the same stone. Peeling up the edge of the carpet revealed the hardwood floor to continue to the entry stone from the main space. The wood floor underneath has some damage and expanded joints that will need to be patched up when we redo the whole floor at some point. Obviously the glass block isn't original and tacky, it was gratifying to knock over the small portion with a swift kick. The railing for the lower level steps we believe to be original, a minimal black pipe ship rail style railing, very MCM.


I can't remember how many staples Wendy and I pulled up for hours, someone had gotten staple happy when they installed the carpet. Only three small hole had been drilled into the stone and we were able to clean up the leftover mortar to acheive the final photo. Although at the time we enjoyed the openess and lack of enclosure around the steps, we eventually would put

in a new railing (for a future post) that matched the lower
level. You can see a bit of it in the last photo.

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