I bought 1426 Ives Pl SE on 12/08/2010.

This is a photo chronology of the demo and remodeling.

Friday, January 27, 2012

coffee table top

the two tones is accidental, but i'm very happy with the way it turned out.

the base should be delivered today along with the roman shades for the first floor (that mom made)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

big weekend

hood and backsplash are installed.  stove and oven work! not bad for a 16 year old range that spent the better  part of a year under a tarp on a patio

sink and faucet installed. now to measure for the countertop

adjustable shelving in the pantry

got this mirror for a very seasonable price at governors antiques in mechanicsville, va

looks great on the dining room wall

powder room is complete(ish).  does anyone have an extra hanging wire soap dish  lying around?

got a french cleat to hang the front door thingy.

is there a name for something like this?

UPDATE: gloria tells me it's called a landing strip


Doug the Welder sent me some photos of the process he used to make the oval.
laser cut plywood template

this is what folks in the biz call hot rolled steel (being cut to length)

this reminds me of this ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxbsgWOjX5o ) 

give him the clamps!

final clamping

the weld before bluing

finished product

and another, showing the "erratic" bracing

home sweet home

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012


carrie and i are heading down to richmond this weekend to pick up this beaut.

it'll be used as a form and edging for a concrete coffee table.

lucite base to come hopefully by the end of next week.

the weld.  should i keep it like this or brush the entire frame?  i'm leaning towards raw.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

new front light

my first foray into electrical work

and it works!

for reference: the temporary light

some carpentry

hardwood ash, ready to be ripped down

drilling pocket holes

i have a vice, and it's carpentry

ready to be tweaked: disassembled, planed, reassembled, sanded, oiled
it's all ready to be hung on the wall by the front door, but i don't have photos of the finished product.

Monday, January 9, 2012

finished stools

strips ready to be webbed

1 of 2

fin.  feel free to commission one.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

upper deck, shower door, coffee table

2nd floor deck

the view

shower door in reflection

concrete mold for living room coffee table (with level)

and 100 lbs of concrete

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

deck and vent

just arrived today from IA

sorry for the blur

stools, part 1

these are going in the guest bedroom as coffee tables/extra seating.  they will each have a dark gray woven vinyl top.