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grout carriage house

Grout Cottage: Bye Bye Carriage House

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To review… the Grout Cottage is a Queen Anne built in 1895. It is a duplex that we began remodeling in December 2012. Here’s the introduction post to the house. I know I said that we were going to keep the old carriage house but after taking a serious look at it in the back yard of the Grout Cottage, we decided that it would cost too much to save it. We wouldn’t really be able to recoup the cost to basically rebuild the dilapidated carriage house so last week it came down. My Dad skillfully demolished it with the backhoe. Here’s a snippet of the action, well that was fun if you like watching buildings being demolished…and then after a few hours work it was reduced to this, Nice view of the neighbor’s pool now. They’ve got to love us after rehabbing this dump and they’ll love us even…

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Grout LR3

Grout Cottage: Demolition Update

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After almost a week of demolition, here is an update on the first floor apartment in the Grout Cottage. Looking at pictures of houses with nothing but the framing left standing can be difficult, I know. I’ll do my best to explain and show before images. I’m considering a video tour, you can share your thoughts on that in the comment section. Living Room drastic changes took place in the removal of two closets, one that was an add on with bi-fold doors and the other was original with a wooden door. Same view and now the closets are gone exposing the whole cavity between the living room and a bedroom to restructure better closet layout for future residents. The box was also removed to expose a flue that has no real purpose. Looking toward the front door in the living room, Acoustic ceiling tiles are gone revealing the original…

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Sarah’s House: Extraction

Sarah’s House: Extraction

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My husband Dan decided that it was time to put his crowbar to good use. There was a set of old pine folding doors that could be closed to separate the dining room from the living room. I’m not entirely sure these doors were original to the house but they do appear to be old. They were screwed in to a frame made from the same wood that was then nailed to the existing moulding around the cased opening to the dining room. So first the before, Someone wanted to be in the picture, that’s my little sweetie DC. OK- lets try this again, Some detailed views, Unscrewing the hinges, And after the frame is successfully pulled off and doors unscrewed, There’s not much going in my oversized dining room design wise, in fact there is still a lot of miscellaneous stuff sitting in there leftover from the January move….

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