There has been a change in the construction crew at the gut reno project in my neighborhood. (I say this as if there is only one. Sadly, there are many, but that’s fodder for another soapbox). The construction foreman, who was saving me the stuff, is no more. It’s back to chucking everything onto the pile in […]Read More Another find from the trash heap
I found these ads in the Real Estate Record and Guide. A quick check of some of my neighbors fireplaces, and it seems that the Kilians’ were the go-to purveyors of fireplace surrounds of the late 1880s and early to mid 1890s. Another house in my area is getting fully gutted. Hopefully they will […]Read More Kilian Brothers part 2 (the updated version)
(a bit of a rant) It makes me sad when old houses are stripped of their detail. Not only is the craftsmanship amazing, the old growth trees that were harvested for all of our pretty ornamentation are long gone. I know a lot of people don’t share my opinion, but old houses are such a finite […]Read More Kilian Brothers
(actually these were painted, dirty and discarded things, but we’ll get to that in a moment) Ah focus. Some people have it, I don’t. I’m easily distracted by possibilities, by day dreaming and by imagining the worst of the worst case scenarios. Yet, once in a while, I will spring into action at a moment’s […]Read More I totally have a plan and I’m going to – LOOK! SHINY THINGS!