Sorry for the radio silence. These last two weeks have been a whirlwind of Brooke and Travis and Jackie and David’s weddings, Gio’s bachelor party, my five year UVA reunion, and a bridal shower and bachelorette party for Gricelda. Whew. This post is going to focus on the “livability” updates we have done to the house to get us to one notch above camping.
First and Foremost: The Kitchen.
The previous owners of Edge Hill did a bit of an addition/renovation combination on the north side of the house, connecting the main house to the summer kitchen in the form of a “Florida Room”, and in that space they made their kitchen, laundry, and an additional living area:
Subsequently, the living space in that portion of the house morphed into the office for the trucking company that still operates on the property, and in preparation for our move in we wanted to close off the kitchen/laundry portion from the office portion. At the start of the project, the kitchen and pantry were still full, though they hadn’t been used for much more than the sink in a number of years:
On the weekend before our big move in, with our big yellow gloves up to our elbows, Mom and I scrubbed. And scrubbed. And ripped up contact paper. And took out a full trash can that appeared to have ripened. We also removed all of the old appliances. Mid-clean, we had made good progress:
But Mom was still freaking. I mean, look at the floor in the laundry room (or should I say subfloor – not much of the original linoleum was left)! Enter the professionals. We put in an emergency call to our favorite craftsman, Colon, and he came to the rescue. We found a bit of “reject” vinyl flooring for next to nothing, and got everything painted a nice, clean, bright, WHITE. And voila!
So with a little elbow grease, some hand-me-down appliances, and a lot of white kilz paint, we have a great laundry room and kitchen (for those who have seen the Charlottesville house – strangely similar?). BUT, the catch is, all of this hard work is temporary. The plan down the road is to start from scratch on the north end of the house, removing the current addition and replacing it with a bit of a re-designed kitchen/entertaining space with a matching period exterior. As for the “when” on that project, stay tuned!