A Whole New Vibe

Most of you know we had all 6 windows in the front of the building replaced several weeks ago. We can’t believe how they have reduced the outside noise coming into the loft. Well, yesterday we had four more windows installed in the back of the building. These aren’t true replacement windows because there weren’t any windows there. The original windows were removed and bricked in I’m told 75 years or so ago. We had Tannar Gaines and Company open them up a while back and we began constructing new frames for the new custom windows.

I just love the new, bright vibe up there. It’s uplifting. And the breeze that comes in when we open the windows is amazing.

Window World did a great job and I cannot say enough good things about the installers. They truly went above and beyond. We still have to do a little more to get them cased in, but we can do that work ourselves. Here’s some before and after pics. Stay tuned. ☮️

Coming Home

We love old pieces that have historical value. Especially if they have some local history. But when we find a piece that actually came from our building, we are ecstatic.

I was recently invited to go through the old Audubon School on the east side of town. It has been closed for decades. Back in the 70’s, a local man, Jim Romans, who has historical value himself, bought the old school and planned to restore and refurbish it into his home. I remember an entire section of the newspaper devoted to the venture.

Decades later, it fell into the hands of another local, who still owns it. She and her husband lived in it for 20 years. She was and is a self described ‘junker’ and after my tour I’d have to agree with her. Being somewhat of a junker myself, I was intrigued when she told me she had a piece that was original to our building when it was Norris Hardware. So, I eagerly accepted her invitation.

Turns out, I was interested in purchasing several items, but the jewel was this beautifully patinaed(?) old counter.

It’s 12′ long and in remarkable condition! We’re going to gently clean it and seal it and turn it into a bar for the loft! We’ll raise it to bar height and put a cool top on it and it’ll be fabulous.

What do you think?

It’s Festival Time!

Just thought I’d post a short blog and give a shout out to the Henderson Tri-Fest, brought to you by the Breakfast Lions Club.

Over the last 20 plus years they have donated over $500,000 to worthy groups and causes. And in addition, there’s no telling how much other groups have raised by using this venue as a fundraiser. Local school and churches etc have food and game booths, bringing some of the tastiest food and drinks you’ll find anywhere.

Our daughter, Lori Rath is a 3rd grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School and our son, Matt Glick is an officer with the PTO. Their booth is offering some decadent desserts and a local favorite, Lemon Shake Ups.

We love being a part of such an amazing community and can’t wait to move in.

A Little R&R

Wednesday night, Lisa and I got a double dose of R&R. Rest & Relaxation in the form of good old Rock & Roll. We went to see The Doobie Brothers just 20 minutes away in Evansville IN at the Old National Events Plaza.

The Doobies were everything I had hoped and then some. The venue is just perfect for this kind of event. Not too big but not too small. We were on the 3rd row in the Orchestra Pit and it felt like we were part of an intimate jam session.

Back to the band. Original members, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee we’re as good as ever. Maybe better. When I saw Bill Payne on keyboards, it kinda blew my mind. Bill is from my favorite band in the world, Little Feat. He was amazing. Then I realized John Cowan from New Grass Revival was on bass and vocals. What a talent he is.

Anyway, we all need a little R&R now and then and when it’s mixed with classic Rock & Roll it’s even better. We’re lucky to have such a nice venue so close to home. Next, we’re gonna see Chicago!

A Window to Our World

We shared with you how we replaced the rotted wood at the bottom of the existing window frames earlier. After we fixed that, the next step was to install new sills, window frames and transom frames.

The existing brick openings were in pretty rough shape, so my cousin, Robbie Glick came in and repaired them. Robbie is very good at what he does and we appreciate all the work he’s done for us in the loft.

After the brick work was done, we measured and cut new sills, which will be attached with Tapcons. The area is by no means square so it took a little finagling to get them cut and in.

Then the frames were constructed to fit the new opening. Above the new frames we installed a transom type frame to go at the top. All of this will be attached with tapcons and deck screws.

Kenny, from Window World is coming Wednesday to make double sure it’s all ready to his liking and then we’ll be getting our windows installed. I can’t wait.

Stay tuned for more updates and thanks for following our journey. ☮️

Trimming out the front windows for replacement windows

We’ve been waiting to have our windows installed since they were finished back in November.  The windows were custom made.  Despite quite a few delays, we are now ready for the new windows.  Finally!

I never thought framing out the windows would be such a daunting task!  The current front windows had rotten wood due to exposure to rain.  There was flashing and caulk around the windows but the caulk had completely dried up or was missing causing water to sit next to the wood.

 

We previously framed in the windows and I’ll share more about that later but this week we need to replace the rotten wood.  As you can see from the picture below, it was pretty bad!  You could actually see through the bottom edge of the windows to the street below.

First, we had to take the windows out.  No easy task since the screws were old, rusty and they required a flat head screwdriver.  Now I know why you shouldn’t use a flat head screw!  On a side note, my April fools joke was to offer up a suggestion to Brian when we needed to find some screws that we just reuse these screws.  Brian’s reply – are you kidding?!  Anyway, that was a good laugh!  Those screws are in the trash now.

After taking the windows out, we had to scrape away all of the rotten wood and re-caulk around the flashing.

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Brian’s attaching the flashing to the new 2 x 2 frame at the base of the window

Once the new wood was installed, the flashing attached and caulked on the outside, we put the windows back in.  And we made sure to use Phillips head screws so that we could get the windows out quickly as they are installing the new windows.

We called Window World on April 1st to check on an install date and to let them know we are ready.  Honestly, just replacing the rotten wood made a lot of difference!  We don’t hear as much street traffic as we did before.  But we are so excited to get our new windows.

Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

Bunk Bath Update

Good afternoon!  Hope you all are having a great weekend!  Do you remember when we shared our Bunk Bath Design Board?  It’s been a few months but we have definitely made some progress on our design.  Here’s the updated design board featuring our new flooring:

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Our new flooring is shown in the bottom left corner of the picture.  This picture does not do it justice!  It’s actually fairly light colored.  I think the base color is a light blue gray.  It looks like weathered wood you’d see on a dock at a beach.

I’m always looking for a great deal and this one was a whopper of a deal that we couldn’t pass up!  We were at Lowe’s looking for some other supplies when I spied boxes of this tile.  It was marked down from $90+ per box to $80+ per box.  I decided to ask if they would consider $50 per box.  I thought there was no way they would consider such a discount.

So, I summoned up my best bargaining skills and asked one of their sales associates about the price.  He spent a lot of time checking and came back to say it was marked down to $10 per box!  I couldn’t say “we will take it all” quick enough!  We bought all that they had – 10 boxes.  Originally almost $1000 worth of special order tile for only $100.

Our last design decision is how we will install our tub.  What do you think of this idea?

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Instead of having the brass colored piping, I’d prefer black.  I love it!  Luckily it’s Brian approved too!  I’m on the lookout for a black fixture that would work instead of having our plumber piece this together.  The only real problem I’ve found is the faucet spout needs to be longer to clear the edge of the tub.

As soon as I find a solution to the fixture, I’ll share it with you.  As far as the curtain rod goes, that will be another project for Brian and I to complete.

Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

 

Happy Monday – We have an installed island

Good morning & happy Monday!  Don’t you just love when you wake up on a Monday morning with a sense of accomplishment?  I do!  We haven’t make too much progress since November but that’s quickly changing!  Last week we had the gas line installed and we have heat now.  It’s so much easier to work when it’s not freezing cold!

Yesterday we were determined we’d work all day until we had our kitchen island installed.  Before we could install the cabinets in the island, we had to decrease the size of the island, due to the slab of granite we purchased.  Although we will still pretty much have the same length since we will be adding a movable butcher block on when end and a custom cabinet for trash on the other end.  The reduced length of the island is 16 feet.

Our first task was to cut down the island to the correct width of the bank of cabinets:

 

We cut both ends to the correct length and were ready to move on to mounting the cabinets.  We started with the first cabinet in the picture on the left.  This one took the longest, by far!  We put it in place, screwed it in and removed it because it wasn’t quite level.  Then we discovered our pony wall is off level on this end – over a 4 foot section, it’s about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch off.  But the rest of the pony wall is completely level.

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Brian nailing in the shortened wall

We decided to take a break and run to Lowe’s for more shims and to ask about the degree of level and how much we could be off.  After having a discussion with 3 people, we decided it should be okay.  And we made a call to our friend Mark Herron to ask his thoughts.  After that discussion, we decided to go back to installing the cabinets.

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Brian removed the nails from the sections of pony wall that were cut out so that we could reuse the wood

The second time around installing that first cabinet, was much easier, thankfully.  Next we wanted to confirm the width of the dishwasher, so we decided to partially open the yet unopened box and found the dishwasher to have some damage.  The damage had to have occurred at the factory or where the dishwasher was boxed/packed because it was under the styrofoam packing that was intact.  Not a real concern, because it came from Lowe’s and I’m sure they’ll work with us on getting this fixed.

 

After a quick google search confirmed the dishwasher rough-in should be 24 inches, we were ready to install the second cabinet.  After installing the first cabinet, the next three went in great!  Lots of shimming, but they are all level.

Our plan is to have all of the electrical outlets installed in the kitchen, have the drywall up on the back wall and all of the cabinets mounted on the back wall this week.  Once we get this done, we can have the granite installers come back to measure so that we can get our granite installed.  We had to shuffle a few things around because the granite has to come through our window before the new windows are installed.

I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the Henderson City Commissioners!

Hello friends!  We’ve been a bit slow on our progress lately with our loft project, mostly due to being so very busy since the holidays and trying to get back into the groove of things.  We’ve also expanded and made some changes to our business, which has taken up quite a bit of time.  Thankfully we are moving along again now.

We were extremely happy to see this little post on Facebook this morning in the minutes from the City Commissioners’ meeting last night:

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This is really a big deal for us and for others in the city of Henderson, Kentucky.  Brad Staton, one of the City Commissioners commented on the post, “Thank you for taking on a project to help improve our Central Business District.  We are certainly headed in the right direction thanks to the hard work of people like you and your family.”  Thank you Brad Staton!  Also, a big shout out and thank you to Buzzy Newman, Ray Nix and Andrew Powell for all their help as well!

I’d also like to thank my wonderful husband, Brian.  Brian completed the application, spoke to city leaders about the wording in the moratorium and worked diligently to get this approval.  I don’t think Brian knew this was on their agenda last night because I’m sure if he knew, he would have been there to speak about it.

Brian – thank you very much for all you do!

Thanks for joining our journey!

Lisa

 

Ghost Post

Well, we haven’t posted much lately as we decided to take a short break between Thanksgiving and the New Year.  But, we are back at it now.  The plumbers are upstairs working as I type and we are planning on a rough in inspection tomorrow.

So, one night last week, Lisa and I were working in the front part of the loft when we heard what sounded like a group clomping up the stairs.  Our son, Matt, is the only other person with a key to the building so we thought maybe he’s bringing some friends up to show them the progress.  We kept expecting to see heads pop up, so when we didn’t, I ran over to the stairs to see what was happening.  As I got within a few feet of the stairs, it stopped.  We looked around to try and figure out what the noise could have been but we found nothing.  At this point, for some reason, I guess because we hadn’t been up to the 3rd floor for a while, Lisa asked, “so, did you miss us?”  We both heard a distinct, clear male voice say, “No”.  Now, we hear sounds and muted voices occasionally but never a clear intelligent response to a question.  That was a first.

I posted about the incident on my personal Facebook page and got a lot of concerned comments.  To be clear, Lisa and I have a lot of experience with this sort of thing, so we were not concerned.  But, to set our friends minds at ease, we had a friend set us up with his friend, who is a medium.  He came in two nights ago and basically just did a walk through.  Long story short, there are spirits in the building but nothing malicious.  He said they just seem to feel at home and they are okay with what we are doing.  That being said, we got some cool pics.  Check them out.

The photo on the left was taken just a few seconds before the top right photo.  The photo on the bottom right shows Lisa on the far right and what looks like something swooshing between her and the camera.

Stay tuned for more and thanks for taking this journey with us.  Peace and Love.