Thursday, July 9, 2009

Good Bones

Renovating a house is a huge undertaking, but when a house has good bones, a craftsman can become inspired to set things right. Add a great view and it becomes a mission. The hosts of our 4th of July luau are on a mission to save this Catskill home. Having previously restored their home in Athens, NY, Ralph and David took on this ambitious project. With incredible care and attention to detail, Ralph has taken most of the house down to the studs and has started replacing them, one by one. Meanwhile, the exterior siding and architectural details are in the scraped 'n sanded cycle. As if that wasn't enough to chew on, Ralph's uncle offered to help expand the front porch to capitalize on the views, so now that too is underway with wood supports holding up the porch roof while the ground around it has been excavated to make way for the new. I can't help but think that this home with good bones has found two good souls to restore it to its original state.


Stan said...

This poor thing sure looks like it needs a lot of work. I've taken one down to the studs while living in it. It really is like camping only with extension cords all around to trip over and plug the microwave in or some other appliance when needed if the tools aren't being used.
But the end result is so rewarding.

Nadine @ BDG said...

Thank goodness they have another place to live during the renovation! And I hope to post their end result down the road.