Happy Summer, All. Life’s been slow at LGH, but we’ve been remiss in not updating you on the project down the street at Carol and Adam’s Red House. Thankfully, they provided the perfect impetus last night with a cocktail party to show off the wonderful transformation.
Who couldn’t feel welcome at “Big Red?” Evidently they may still be working on the landscaping around the new entry, although the plywood has a nice feel.
Sneaking through the house for peek on the way to the back for cocktails…first stop is the mudroom wherein the closet in hides a convenient laundry. (Rumor is there could, one day, be a chute from upstairs.) Around the corner is a powder room with mirror and sink to die for. Hipper, they could not be.
Across the way, the outdoor shower can’t go without mention. How creatively they eschewed a standard wooden enclosure. OK, work in progress, maybe. The stone slabs are amazing and will be great for keeping post-shower feet clean.
And then, the kitchen. As with many such projects, this was the biggest change. The old one looked a little dated even when it was installed in 1974. The new is fab. Compact, but accommodating of spectators and splendidly laid out. And how great that Carol as able to preserve the family’s favorite china cabinet, with monstrous enough space to allow for lean cabinetry through the rest of the space.
The changes to the modern living room were more subtle but marked. For years, this was the dining room, a big one required for the big, extended family. But when Beth staged the place for sale, which ultimately convinced Carol to buy from herself, she switched it up. And the new scheme works perfectly for the fam, giving them a huge living space with beautiful south and west facing windows that bring the outside in.
Reluctantly, Carol gave up on saving the old flooring in the living room when structural considerations required its removal. A nice side effect was being able to resolve the quirky combination of floor heights, odd-looking and a lawsuit waiting to happen. The resultant pristine new floor perfectly compliments the modern look.
But, in the front hall and dining room, removing the traditional Cape Cod floor paint revealed fantastic, rustic original wood. In the front hall, the boards had, at one point, be stained alternately red and green. Carol and I argued the merits of keeping the tinting–I having no vote. But the wisdom of her decision to go au natural speaks for itself. As does the coolness of a live edge dining table to
Finally (whew) a perfect night for cocktails. Under the incredible ancient trumpet vines that add such character to the beautiful outdoor setting.
Stay tuned come Autumn when phase 2 kicks in.