It’s been three weeks since we took possession of the Holly House and a lot has happened. The demo is nearly complete. The smell from the over 20 cats, three dogs and at least 30 rats that lived in the walls (I am not exaggerating any of this) doesn’t make you double over anymore. I am actually able to finally start visualizing what it might someday look like.
Speaking of visualizing, I had a very clear vision of what this outdoor area would look like. Off to the right you can see a little bit of the tree. This tree is right out of a fairytale. I know you can’t see much, it’s best that way. You too would have fallen in love with it. And? You too would be heart broken that it has to be removed. No beautiful star lights will be hanging from it with a long table underneath where we would dine with family and friends. Nope. It’s roots are uprooting our concrete slab and it has to go.
Where all of this concrete slab sits was to be a beautiful pool that overlooked this view.
After visiting with our pool guy we found out we would need to install a five foot tall fence. Said fence would block this stunning view so I had to choose between the view I have wanted for years and the pool I have wanted for years. We thought about a glass fence, but that would block the breeze and I just don’t love the idea of feeling like we are behind glass. So ultimately the view won out and I will have to settle for a hot tub.
You win some you lose some, as they say. And I got a GIANT win in our master bedroom. This was all boarded in, but my husband realized that there was space behind the wall and decided to open it up. HELLOOOOOO walk-in closet. Our last house had very small master closets. So I am super excited about this win! (Sorry this photo is a bit blurry, perhaps it was because I was jumping up and down.)
I know those of you who have been following along are going to be sad about the master bathroom transformation. No more of this crazy bath tub.
It now looks like this.
The main area has been completely demoed. I finally got my husband to agree on brick instead of stone because I think brick goes better with the industrial look we are trying to achieve. So all the stone has come down and I can’t wait to see it replaced with beautiful red brick.
Now it looks like this.
We have decided to replace all of the windows in the house which was an expense we did not want. Several people pointed out to us that our windows didn’t have tempered glass and is incredibly dangerous. They also each told us a horrifying and disgusting story they had experienced. I am scarred for life and our window budget just went through the roof. But with floor to ceiling windows like this all over the house, we definitely need to replace them with safe glass.
Remember the old kitchen? This thing of beauty?
Then it was like this…
And now…almost completely gone.
This week something exciting happened. Instead of just demoing, we got to actually start putting it back together. And for the first time in 42 years, I am getting my very own office. Here it is…right next to the laundry room. Oh the irony. My office is on the right, laundry on the left. We will be leaving the bricks exposed and painting them white in the laundry. The red brick in the back of the photo will be staying as well. It is hand painted and it is gorgeous! The wall on the right side of my office from this angle also is that red brick. LOVE.
One of our most favorite things at our old house was to watch the hot air balloons fly over every night. For the first couple of weeks at the Holly House we didn’t see a single balloon. And then a couple of nights ago, there they were and they’ve been coming every night since. It was like they just had to find us again.
Thanks for following along. We are getting super excited. Next up electrical and plumbing. Zzzzzzzzzz. Oh, and we ordered our reclaimed barnwood floors yesterday from Elmwood Reclaimed Timber. Just WAIT until you see how gorgeous they are. Stop back by next week to see the progress.