Sunday, February 10, 2019

Adding Art

I found this early abstract painting done by Robert Harms who lives in the Hamptons and paints by the water, on-line. It is of ducks on a pond and brings outdoor drama into the farmhouse dining room for Christian. Robert Harms studied painting in Maine and NYC with work owned by the Met. His current paintings of outdoor life are very light in contrast but still large in size. Christian needed his truck to pick this painting up outside of NYC and is thrilled to have it hanging in his newly painted dining room. The painting light is warm LED from Ikea, about thirty dollars and fastens to the painting.
The abstract etchings which are hung on the opposite wall, have wonderful movement and depth. They were fun unsigned or numbered finds at the flea market. 

Leif's self portrait will be hung somewhere downstairs I hope, but an old girlfriend's portraits will remain in the archives.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Reinforcing Floor Joists

We have installed metal braces between the doubled kitchen floor joists which will make the new floor very strong and stable. A simple purchase from Home Depot and easy to install. The refrigerator and new counter tops will be well supported while the integrity of the floor feels much improved.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rennovating The Kitchen

Inspiration images via Pinterest...

Our cabinets will be high gloss from Fine Paints of Europe (above marine quality enamel finish) in White Dove color by Benjamin Moore.

Our backsplash will be Carrara White Marble subway tiles above a counter of Carrara White Marble (above slab). The tile will go behind a Viking five burner cook top with a Professional Viking 36" Vent Hood.

Where the tile stops above the under-mount stainless steel sink with a pull-out faucet, we will use a White Carrara Marble pencil trim like the one in the bathroom below. Tiles and tile trim are Jeffrey Court from Home Depot.

Our kitchen vintage bead board solid wood cabinets are worth saving as well as the solid brass door handles and knobs. Below images from product photographs.

Construction-wise, a soffit will be added above the cooktop to house the exterior vent duct. New oak flooring will be installed here and continue into the dining room and solarium. The ceiling will be pulled with lighting made more convenient and under cabinet lighting added. The cabinet above the refrigerator will be made smaller so it will fit most new refrigerators.

My job will be stripping the cabinet/drawer fronts and walls of peeling paint. Christian wants a gray kitchen, so the walls will be "Pumice" by Restoration Hardware mixed in Benjamin Moore Matte finish paint. The room trim and entry doors will match the high gloss cabinets.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Replacing An Old Beam

Bill was alone at Old Farm this past frigid weekend, beginning to replace the last fading ceiling beam in the loft. He will be installing a solid; similarly aged one from a lot we bought over three years ago for this. First the surrounding ceiling parts were braced before the old beam came out.

Bill managed the removal himself by cutting the old beam in half first. It was interesting to find that the cross beams underneath were continuous and one piece.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Taking Down The Tree

This year I have wanted to enjoy our Christmas trees as long as possible because much of my family visited and the beauty of this holiday was worth prolonging. Today I took the farm tree down but here is a parting shot from the dining room where you saw it while at the table and down the hall. A perfect spot!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pouring A Crawl Space Floor

In winter weather, we have managed with the help of a dear friend and best mason ever, to pour Christian's crawl space floor. This job entails pouring between existing joists, mixing concrete batches ourselves, and Lou leveling the surface with much maneuvering. Bless Lou Beck for coming to help us on his day off to deliver, and form 60 bags of extra strength cement from Home Depot! Left-over cement was used to fill a basement hole from an old furnace foundation pad we removed.

I remember my father mixing cement with Bill on holidays; teaching him to undermine our clay basement 18" deeper with newly formed 4' extension walls and a floor Lou Beck came to pour. It's a skill now passed on from a wonderful man and engineer. Several tie-rods are used to bind the walls together.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Shoveling Stone

This New Year's Day we are shoveling two ton of 3/4 clean stone onto the dirt floor of Christian's crawl space below his kitchen. The 8' X 18' floor needs a 3" layer of stone before a vapor barrier of construction plastic is laid down and cement poured on that. Luckily it is a warm day and the rain has stopped.

 Happy New Year!