Monday, October 1, 2018


Most of the design of this house has come from things that Jeff and I have been buying and saving up for the past 19 years.  Stained glass that we've had put away has been in the plans from the beginning.  Doors, doorknobs, sinks... we are pulling it all out and finding perfect spots for most of what we have.  But, there have been a few things that we've had to scout out.  This house does not need modern air vents or returns.  It doesn't need modern hinges or door locks.  It doesn't need sheetrock.  As I've said many times... this is an art project.  We've been creatively and painstakingly renovating houses since the boys were tiny... and we were designing hypothetical ones long before that.  We didn't just turn crazy... we've been crazy for quite some time.  ( : See 2008- Making fireplace tiles from salvaged marble threshold strips or 2006 - designing and hand cutting every custom porch baluster or … well... any of it.)  One of the things we're looking for is another stained glass piece.  But, much to our dismay, the cost of good glass pieces has gone up a lot in the past few years.  Jeff found a pretty weird church piece with a few broken pieces (and a weird shield representing St. Peter's cross and the keys to Heaven's gate) and was able to get it for a good price.  Within a few days, the top arch was taken off (in tact... yay!), and he is now working on taking the rest of it apart diamond by diamond.  It will be reworked into the rectangle that we were hoping for.  I really like the frame, and Jeff says it's solid as a rock.  I'm hoping he can make something cool inside one day once the house is finished and he can have hobbies again.

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