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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Looks Like Home

It's the only home I've known since Mike and I married, almost 35 years ago. 
She was built in 1904. Mike has done an incredible amount of work to restore and beautify her through all those years. Kitchen remodel, bathroom remodels, carpeting, landscaped, decking, painted inside and out (numerous times), stained glass windows... 
But there was one last project that needed to be done. Last Spring Mike decided it was time to remove the old asbestos siding.  He tried to warn me how big the project would be. I thought I was prepared...I wasn't!  It all started in June when I was away teaching, in Belgium. A specialized team came in and removed the old siding. By the time I got home my beautiful old lady looked neglected, tired and abused. 



What came next was an endless amount of work! A new skin of siding and shingles covered the house, wood window trim, patch work, sanding, scraping, power washing, rock walls, chimney repair, painting, painting, painting...
  


Last week the work shifted off the house to repairs around it. When the asbestos siding was removed a section of  decking had to be pulled up along with landscaping removed. Now the deck is being replaced, replanting and potting is almost complete. This week they are working on painting the carport and garage.


After 15+ weeks / work 6 days a week / 9+ hours a day... our home is finished! The "Centennial Heritage Home" plaque was returned to its place on home. I am overjoyed, relieved and grateful all at the same time.



Peace and beauty has returned to our 'kingdom". From the top window Boone keeps watch over his domain. He likes his new home, too!

Brenda



.... During the construction my art life continued as usual and I have lots of  artsy news to share (in my next post). I can share my brand new website! I'm really proud of it. All new images, lay-out and content. Hope you'll take a peek!

14 comments:

  1. So much work, but so worth it. No new home can compare to that. You have a beautiful home, a forever home.

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  2. I know you are happy the renovation is finally over... the house looks wonderful a fitting abode for a cat from NC and a watercolor artist.

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    1. Elaine, You’re so sweet! We are heading back to Boone, NC in a couple weeks. I’ve had to promise friends I won’t pick up another cat along the way. No other kitty can take the place of Boone!

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  3. What a labor of love and devotion to your home, it is absolutely stunning! You should be so proud, having taken on that enormous project, then finishing it in 3 months...WOW! So amazing! I know it is the jewel of your neighborhood.

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    1. Gail, Thank you for your kind words! Home has always been a refuge from the chaos in the world... but I have to admit the last few months have been more than I expected 😐 But the end result is better than I imagined.
      ❤️

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  4. In the best meaning possible, your home looks like a dollhouse! So beautiful and you all should be proud of the work you've done and the end result. Blessings and happiness to you and Mike. I've moved all over the country and moved countless times so it's great to see a family who've been dedicated to their home and nurturing it through the years. My dad and mom still live in the home he built over 60 years ago, and he did it without electricity and all by hand. I treasure the times I get to visit there!

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    1. Peggy,
      Your dad sounds like a man with a strong back and many skills!
      The year before Mike and I got married I lived in three homes. Moving is hard on a family. I’ve always loved our home but as you might imagine...The old girl has felt like a third person in our relationship. Always needing time and attention 😂
      I’m looking forward to a new season and enjoying our home during a quieter time together . ❤️

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  5. Brenda, your house is absolutely charming! Your Mike is a gem, he's an artist in his own right. Congratulations on the reno! And on your new website...it looks fantastic!

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    1. Carole, Thank you my friend! You're so right...Mike is a great craftsman and wonderful husband. XOX

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  6. Your home is beautiful and keeping her looking her best is certainly a labor of love!

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