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Grout Cottage: A relic

Grout Cottage: A relic

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During heavy construction, the crew found this August 1910 edition of the New York World. The World was published from 1860 to 1931. So the house was built in 1895, the paper is dated 1910, let’s do the math. This newspaper has lived in the NC dirt underneath a house for 103 years. How was it not reduced to dust a long time ago.

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Grout Cottage Status Update

Grout Cottage Status Update

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New outside stairwell will be completed today at Grout Cottage. Finally the dilapidated stairs, the little outhouse thing and shabby arbor are no more. Work was suspended for most of last week because of the holiday. But I’m happy to report that the upstairs apartment has been primed and is ready for the trim out.

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Turning 5

Turning 5

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My oldest daughter DC has turned five! This is DC and her Daddy celebrating the occasion at the Marbles Kids Museum. I guess you can tell who she looks like! (right Danielle?) We opted out of the big party this year and decided to go on a “date” with Mom & Dad, just us three and sister Laney (18 mos.) stayed at home. It was good in theory but I don’t think DC is quite getting the concept. There have been a lot of mumblings about parties and can my cousin come…Although we are having cake and gifts with grandparents tonight I’m not sure I’d go this route again with a five year old but personalities are different. The first kids birthday party we were invited to was for a two year old and they had a pony! Do you have big organized parties for kids 5 and under?

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Grout Cottage: A-frame complete

Grout Cottage: A-frame complete

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The Grout Cottage has some new lines on all four sides. All of the gable ends are now a-frame. This is the back exterior of the house now. I know it still looks rough. They all look rough for a while and I have to remind myself to remain patient. That horrible upstairs porch will be ripped off next week and I can’t wait.

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Grout Cottage: Layers

Grout Cottage: Layers

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After some delay, the crew is back at the Grout Cottage today. Scaffolding in full effect, they are working on changing the last gable end on the front of the house. Lots of people are stopping to look and people are slowing down as they drive by but the best is yet to come—the transformation and painting of the exterior. Turns out that the old girl had six layers of shingles on with a layer of metal over it and it still leaked. I’ve seen two or three maybe but never six. Renovation is all about peeling back the layers to uncover something beautiful.

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Grout Cottage: Dog ears

Grout Cottage: Dog ears

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High drama at Grout Cottage project this morning. Climbing high to remove those dog-eared gables or ridge line (not sure) and replace them with them with an A-frame. This will make a big change in the way that the exterior of the house looks.

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Grout project: Restore

Grout project: Restore

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It’s finishes like these that bring a smile to a remodeler’s face. When we started the Grout Project, the dark hallway had only a little sliver of an original stained glass window. I decided to keep that little window and expand it in to a larger window to let some more light in. I’m pretty happy with my decision. The big reveal is on the horizon.

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Grout Cottage: Bathroom Choices

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Look what came in the mail, snowflake tile for the Grout Cottage. I ordered this because I’m about to do this, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams house in NC only in a bathroom sort of way with a painted vanity. Right now I’ve got my eye on Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue or Brewster Gray. They look totally different in the actual bathroom of the Grout Cottage but you get the idea. images via Pinterest

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Vintage Office Chair Redo

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Do you recall that $10 vintage office chair I bought last summer at my favorite local thrift store? Here it is, basically left outside with a future in dumpsters. I decided on a simple and affordable small black and white stripe from Premier Prints because my thrift chair needed a lot of work at the upholstery shop. And voila this is how it turned out,

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