Monday, August 31, 2009

The Family Room Project

After years of restoration and living in our bedroom we are at the breaking point. We need someplace to live like normal people. Sitting on a couch to watch tv and eating at a table have become a foreign luxury. So, we have put all other projects on hold and are concentrating on finishing our family room. The goal is to have the project completed before Thanksgiving, which is just a little bit after our 4 year house anniversary. Don't know if we'll make it, but once its done I want to have a party to watch "the Money Pit" (which no longer seems like a comedy).

A few months ago my student Stephen made and installed a new mantle to house and hide our new tv. We loved the mantle but felt that we needed to bump out the chimney wall above it to balance the overall look. This weekend we built out that wall and added a center speaker. Vents will be placed on the sides of the chimney wall to let the heat from the tv escape.

We also built covers to hide the ceiling speakers. We started with reproduction register grates from and then framed them. I painted the grates white and the ceiling and speakers behind black to further the illusion.

In designing the room my goal is to have all the modern conveniences and comforts but keep them aesthetically compatible with Victorian style. I feel I am doing pretty well so far, so I will give myself a much needed pat on the back.

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Keeping Track

After 3+ years of restoring our house, I have finally gotten around to starting a blog about the restoration process. We have many people "watching" the progress from near and afar and I want to let everyone know more about the joys and mishaps of our restoration. Maybe you long to have an old home of your own or maybe you are one of the crazy people like me who decided to by a fixer-upper. No matter what your reason for being here and reading my rantings of historic preservation and home renovation, welcome to Walnut Manor.

Many people have asked when we plan to have the project completed and I don't have an answer to that. We will get done as time and money allows and since we do a lot of the work ourselves it will depend on how much time (and patience) we have to put towards the restoration. So far we have spent countless hours, days, weeks, months and years trying to bring this old girl back to her former glory and I am sure we will be restoring for many more years to come.

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