Our awesome friends over at Greenhouse Energy Solutions helped us out (Thanks Matt, Deven & John!!) with the construction of a new wall at the front of the church to help out as a sound barrier, storage solutions and to help define space better. My office is now in our entryway, a temporary solution but one that works for now. (Fine by me as I don’t tend to work in an office anyway.. it’s just a place to park my mammoth steel desk.) Darren has his office now in the other part of the front room, where we have another huge desk and filing cabinet (thanks, mom!) to help hide office clutter, and separate a bit of a work area from the rest of the home. I have also stashed my sewing stuff in there.. also a temporary solution.
Here are some before/after photos of the new insulated wall, with reclaimed windows I’ve had forever and used as a hanging ‘wall’ in my first and second warehouse homes. (I knew there was a reason I was hanging onto those all these years!)
soooo much better. now we have a place to separate us from the street, we can keep the dogs behind the slider door (the refinished original Church door!) while we safely answer the front door. Previously we had to hold our extremely willful dogs back from bursting out onto the street and licking our visitors to death. The wall lets light in from above, while still creating a much needed sound barrier and helping to define ‘rooms’, which is definitely something I’ve grown to respect after living in one giant one for years. Eventually I plan to attach reclaimed horizontal boards across the plywood, which will add rustic, large scale visual interest and charm that i think the place needs more of. I’d love to incorporate recycled parts, antique vent grates, escutcheons, hooks, mirrors and other vintage ephemera to help add to the oddity quotient. next on the list of tool investments: chop-saw and orbital sander.
And here are some pics of the new mini storage loft above the front room. Soon to be filled with shelving to help declutter the downstairs and control the organization of our overflowing stuff.
a couple of updates for those of you curious how the church is coming along!
My boyfriend, Darren has moved in with me in Unit A, and we are living happily with his two pitbulls (!) suddenly we have a need for privacy (I don’t necessarily need to hear his late night sci-fi movies when i am trying to sleep in our bedroom upstairs… and he doesn’t need to hear my music blasting when I get ready in the morning… SO, we felt the need to install a door at the bottom of the stairs.
Here are a few pics of the before and after:
First of all, thank you to every single inspiring, supportive and incredible human being in my life who has helped me along in this process… I am incredibly grateful and could not have done this renovation without all of the generosity and talent surrounding me.
I am pleased to finally post the pictures of my settled home.. I moved in a few months ago and am feeling quite comfortable and happy in the new digs. I still have a few things to work on (like hardwood floor installation where there is now temporary carpet, solar panels on the roof and possibly a wood-burning fireplace someday) and I *still* have caulking, trim work, painting both interior and exterior to finish, but the majority of this bear of a project is complete. I can’t wait to design a trellis for the front of the building, and work on the exterior landscaping in the spring, and of course there will always be the rearranging of furniture and artwork… for the most part, however, I am finally settled i here and able to refocus energies back into work, creative pursuits, travel and friends and family again.
Eli and Rae are cozy in Unit B, and just had a beautiful baby girl, named Matilda Isabel (Tilly for short). They’ve installed a woodburning stove and are happy with this as their primary heat-source, along with their HRV. (heat recovery ventilation). Eli has great plans for the 3rd Unit we must build, which will give their family a bit of elbow-room in the coming years. I couldn’t ask for better friends and neighbors to embark on this journey with me.
So I have spent the last two weeks tiling the bathroom. I got this great large format tile (12X24) for the shower and floor, and encased the tub as well. It’s a molten, flowing dark brown, titled “volcano” which I think was a very simple solution to all the strange angles and surfaces, and really makes the cave-like feel come across.
I used river rocks (sanded flat for comfort) in assorted natural colors for the shower floor. The skylight well is a rather long hallway of bright chartreuse, with trusses arcing across in odd diagonals, from which I plan to drape lots of plant-life. I want it to really feel like a fern-grotto of natural elements, from showering in a riverbed bathed in light to the concept of creating a symbiosis for the plants by providing tons of steamy goodness to keep em lush..
The lighting I chose was found at the Rebuilding Center, Portland’s coolest salvage yard…. and both fixtures had to be repainted and rewired. You can see the Chartreuse walls (actually the color is called Antique Gold) is very bright and cheery, which should help me wakey-wakey in the mornings.
I’m thinking some sort of rad, modern wallpaper for this pyramid-shaped wall in the bedroom… but still no solid ideas. Originally I was contemplating some sort of book-page wallpaper made out of some gorgeous vintage book with lots of intaglio illustration or something… still not certain.
The main room has concrete floors, which I had sanded down to their rough-hewn natural state.. and then I applied several coats of a clear matte sealer. I’m liking how imperfect they are… ghosts of it’s former life as a church are still visible… the original pillars and rebar, concrete repairs, pits, cracks are all present and accounted for.
well, things have really transitioned over at the church. I am contemplating surfaces and colors and treatments…adam still has yet to finish the siding, replce the soffets and trim out the interior, but his work is nearly finished. (for now)
finished priming the entire interior of my place the other day and it took 20 exact gallons. The skylight wells and 18 feet ceilings were a bitch.
today I plan to head over there and clean up a bunch of debris, and possibly start on some wall color. I picked out a light grey for many of the walls and I’ll likely accent that with some color.
thinking I’ll postpone the wood floors for a bit, but these folks seem like a great local sustainable company to go with
meanwhile, there’s carpeting, concrete floor refinishing/sealing, lighting, hanging of doors, installation of the kitchen, sinks and of course a major tiling project in the bathroom.
It’ll be a busy summer. 😉
interesting new articles out about the goings-on in our hood; one is about the recent nearby redevelopment of Williams and the other is about reinventing the bike corridor. it will be interesting to see what happens in the future for Williams.. I think the focus on revitalization will continue…
Also we are hoping to apply for this new PDC Grant opportunity for our water recovery/toilet flush tank system and possibly solar panels… sadly it’s a reimbursement program, so we still would have to come up with the funds initially somehow…
PDC introduces Green Features Grant for the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area