This Old New House

I’m not sure we can still call this our “Old New House” anymore. Here it is, February, 2012, nearly nine years after closing. We're finally finished at a defensibly and temporarily terminal point in the proceedings, and it’s really just our Old House, now, and we love it.

Some general observations you may want to know are in theNotespage.

Each small picture is a clickable link that will bring up a full sized picture in a popup screen. If you keep clicking on images, they’ll appear in the samm popup window, so no need to "X" it out until you’re done.

Some of the text has a clickable link that will take you to a progress report page (with pictures, of course) for that particular room.

floor plan This is the floor plan. It will open in a separate window different from the one the pictures show up in. Each of the letters corresponds to the picture that was taken from that location (I haven't included all of the pictures originally posted, so some letters on the floor plan aren't represented in the picture collection below, and many of the pictures below aren't represented by a letter).

It has occurred to me, on recent review (February 2012), that a rough chronology of the various projects might be helpful to grasp the scope of the project. I’m crafting one, which can be seen atTime Line.

Before I did much more than pull up carpets and padding, I ordered adumpster. That was one of the best things I ever did.

August, 2004; Friday the 13th. Here is the story ofHurricane Charleycoming to visit. Within weeks we enjoyed further visits from Frances and Jeanne, but other than hours of power outage and some brush to be picked up (in each case to a lesser effect than the previous), we made out just fine.


text B. This is my favorite view of the front of the house. We closed on it 23 April 2003. Someoutsideaspects have changed, however.

text D. The entry. Note the shelter from the elements while awaiting an answer to the bell.

text E. The foyer, from the front door. It, too, has felt the remodeler’s hammer
(foyerrenovation).


text F. Theutility room. About 6'×8'. There’s a small full bath behind you and the shop is to your right.

text G. 180° around. We call this thePowder Bathas it is a full bath in the “powder” area. The laundry room is now behind you and the shop is to the left.

text H. This is the back of theshop.


text I. This is the front of the shop. The translucent door faces west.

text J. Back inside the entry hall, and across from the funky bathroom is a coat closet. It’s being worked on as part of thefoyer remodel.

text K. Continuing in the entry hall we come to the
library. It’s 16'×18'. The archway on the left is the only access to the guest wing. We’ll tour the guest wing shortly.


text L. On the right side of the library is a sliding glass door to a small patio.

text M. The archway to the kitchen is just to the right of the patio door. Remember the wall with the fireplace; we’ll refer back to it.

text N. Can you saykitchen
remodel? About 12'×12'. Straight ahead through the arch is the dining room, and the door beyond is the master suite.


text O. This shot is about 150° to the right from the previous shot. That’s a small pantry.
Seepantry projectto find out what I did to it.

text P. The dining room, also 12'×12', looks out onto a sunroom that’s 11'×22'. See thekitchenremodel page for the after shot.

text Q. In the other direction is ourmedia room,as we’re now calling it, looking toward the entry hall. It’s pretty big; 14'×24'.


text R. Now looking from the entry hall back toward the door to the dining room. The big screen will be at that end.

text S. This is the
master bedroom. Sorry for the lack of focus. At first we thought it was a little small; 14'×18'; silly us—it’s the biggest one we’ve ever had. All our furniture fits easily in it.

text T. Themaster bat.h Can you say remodel?


text U. There’s a full walk-in closet through this door. It’s gone now; replaced by Linda’s area. The last full row of pictures in themaster bathlink shows how it looks.

text V. Behind the wall with the fireplace in the library room is this bedroom, which we’re calling an office, as the principal computer, routers, etc. will be here. It’s roughly 11'×13'. We’re looking southeast.

text V1. These are the closets for the bedroom. Recently I’ve built some bookcases along the east wall (to the right of the closets). The progress report on that project can be seenhere.


text W. This guest bath lies between the bedroom just seen and the next one. The door leads to the back yard.
Theguest bathgets a bit of a remodel, too.

text X. This bedroom is also adjacent to the guest bathroom, and it’s also 11'×13'. We’re looking northeast. text X1. And the associated closets.


text Y. This bedroom lies between the last bedroom and the shop, and it’s 12'×14'.

text Y1. Here are the associated closets.

text BY1. This is the north wall of the house. The shop is at the far end. The last two bedrooms visited are closer to the viewer.


text BY2. I’ve turned about 75° to my left from the last picture. This is the fenced part of the back yard. The white thing in the wall is the door from the guest bathroom.

text BY3. The back of the house with the guest wing on the right and the sun porch on the left.

text BY4. The back of the house looking toward the sun porch. Lot size is 100'×120'.


We thought that beyond the property line was community green belt. It turns out a neighbor on the next street owns the odd shaped lot next to him but has no intention of building on it. It’s wedge shaped and tapers down to zero at our northeast corner. It wouldn’t be much of a lot to build on. It sure is a nice buffer for us. It’s in this area that we placed ourshed.


Last updated: 5 September 2011