Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Second story and so much more...

Check out the difference a week makes! The sheathing is up and floor trusses are going in to support second story framing in the new addition. If this is what you can see from the outside, but what exactly has been going on behind this sheathing and within the house? Well, our fabulous, tireless project manager Elizabeth Hutcheson reports that among other things, she is finalizing quotes for windows and doors as well as plumbing fixtures.

Thrillingly, we are having the sprinkler system in the common rooms of the house replaced. No more unsightly metal boxes on the ceiling!

In the process of removing the old sprinklers, check out the ancient dining room wallpaper the crew found! (The pic with surrounding blue paint.) I remember the dining room a dark green with ivory paisley or flowers or something; when HCB put in new hardwoods they simultaneously painted the rest of the downstairs and thus the parlor wallpaper and dining room paper disappeared. I wonder how many layers these rooms have under their current coat of paint?!

Here is the gem of a pattern that was discovered as the crew demolished the door to the downstairs back bedroom (my old room).
When I lived there, Court and I painted the walls green; before that they were yellow and since then they ended up pink and white. Now HCB has a budget to paint rooms for girls; this helps control the number of coats these walls get and helps the girls plan since they know colors before they even pick roommates and rooms. I digress... For good measure, here's a picture of the back stair demolition. See the green to the right of the stairs? That's the old powder room post-demolition.

Up next - a significant portion of rewiring of the house will be complete! There's a nice surprise is in store for the library and parlor..


  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I just discovered you blog. I am so glad you are doing this. Looking forward to lots of pictures.

    When we did the Zeta Rho Chapter house at Texas A&M I didn't think of blogging, I just sent out news releases with pictures. If you want to see some of them sometime give me a shout.

    P.S. I am writing a blog on design and marketing that will go live in about 2 weeks. Some of it will be GPB related as my firm designs the brand.

  2. Susan - Yes, this is just a casual way of keeping folks up to date. Our renovation has been a topic of conversation for almost a decade, so I think it's helpful to show that it's acually HAPPENING. Please email me a copy of your news releases... very interesting idea! flowers.jennifer@gmail.com

  3. I LOVE THE BLOG! Thank you for doing this! I lived in the house these past two years and it is awesome getting to see all the progress that is going on! Thank you, thank you! I will be up to Athens in the next week and cannot wait to see this up close... or i guess from the street haha-- It is pretty fenced off right now!



About Me

I pledged in 2000, and that's when I first heard we were going to renovate the house. I graduated in 2004, moved to Atlanta where I now live with my fellow UGA grad (and AKL advisor) hubby Eric. Since 2006, I've been volunteering with HCB. I have been an Atlanta-area Realtor for the past 3 years and now also serve as the southeastern property manager for Chick-fil-A, Inc. You can reach me at: flowers.jennifer@gmail.com