April 29, 2018

Springtime, and we are ready!

The house is officially back on the market and we are ready. Ready as in the house is complete, ready as in ready to sell, and ready to make our move to Europe.

We would love for you to view the listing at Artisan Sotheby's Realty by clicking here!

A few photographs of the house in spring were taken last night, and I want to share one with you...

227 North Street Healdsburg California - Twilight

And one more, the rarely seen, and surprisingly large, Back of House.

January 08, 2018

Happy New Year! It's time for a New Adventure!

All those rumors going around turn out to be true! 227 North Street is on the market.
As much as we love our home, we have decided it is time for a new adventure.
We have graced the halls of this grand old house for a little over eight years, brought it back from ruins, and loved every moment of it. But the itch has begun, a new place, a new existence, a new home.

Not being the timid or shy types, we have turned our sights to Europe. The South of France to be exact. A Chateau turned boutique hotel. We have spent a total of five weeks looking at properties between Bordeaux and Carcassonne, and have fallen in love with the beauty of the area. The properties available are incredible, and there are many to choose from. As this new adventure unfolds I will post further information.

So if you are in the market for a little wine country getaway, please feel free to contact our real estate agent by simply clicking here!

September 15, 2016

Prepping for a Reveal!

Somehow Summer is almost over... what happened? It was Christmas and New Years just a few days ago! and we find ourselves on the verge of Fall. We are in fast paced preparation for a photoshoot here at the house on the 30th of September, just 15 days away.... EEEEK!
Madly working on details and unfinished thoughts and projects. The photoshoot is the final installment of a six week, ongoing restoration article about our adventure with the first instalment having gone live today at Curbed.com

Have a read of the cumulation of eight and one half hours of interview. Along with photos, old, new, and everything inbetween!


April 22, 2016

The first bloom of spring

It has been awhile since I posted here, no excuse other than life getting busy as you chase your dreams. It is Spring in the wine country and the roses surrounding the house are in full bloom. It is quite a spectacular show, and one of our neighbors told us they are practically causing car accidents!

I will be posting all that has happened in the past year very soon. Decks are finished, including the staircases, and the upper deck. Our ancient garage has been disassembled and rebuilt in our back yard. We gave it a makeover and it resembles a Creole cottage from New Orleans, we call it "the Summer House" and it is the perfect entertaining space on a warm evening. And finally the third floor of the house is under way, actual rooms with walls of hidden storage cabinets that will look like wainscoting. Add to all that a continued clearing and landscaping of our yard, and two trips to Europe to look at property in France (oops, did I say that outloud?) all in all it has a very busy year!

February 18, 2015

What do you do when the weather is rough?

Why, a home tour of course!

The Junior League Holiday Home Tour, to be exact. Is participating in a home tour something everyone should offer up their home for... absolutely not! No offense ladies, but imagine a group of "the ladies who lunch" meandering through your home and voicing their opinions on everything. Of course there are upsides also... you get things done! Our master bathroom received its finishing touches, including mirrors! a wonderful invention those mirrors are, except for the bald spot showing on top of my head in the mirror behind me... where did that come from??? And our laundry room inherited it's sink, a good old fashioned janitors sink that we rescued from a neighbors back yard.

The line began about a half an hour prior to admittance 

An attendee by the name of Lindsey Albrecht, an interior designer in Napa county, took quite a number of photographs of the house, and I hope she does not mind if I share a few with you.

Master Bath
One side of the Master Bathroom, still needs vent covers

A sink and a work cabinet. Cabinet salveged, still not sold on it

And a festive dining room set for Christmas dinner

If you would like to see the rest of the Photographs by Lindsey, click here!
All in all it was fun day, with lots of really nice folks who wanted to see the house. Best part of all was that the Junior League raised more money during this Home Tour than they ever had!

February 06, 2015

It never rains in California...

It is, again, pouring rain. But wait... it is never going to rain here again, we must save our bath water to wash our clothes, and save that water to water the garden. December found Healdsburg deluged in water, our "way back" yard held over a foot of water at the height of the storm. For that couple of days our property value went through the roof... "Lake View"!  January was incredibly gorgeous, perfect weather for getting the garden ready for spring, and I did get all of the front and the two sides of the house done. But, here we are again in the pouring rain. The News says yat another 100 year storm, I even heard that CBS news sent their cameras to the Safeway parking lot yesterday in anticipation of Storm-a-gedon, so as to catch the kayakers cruising around after Foss Creek floods again.

If you haven't noticed, when you own a house of this age, 145 and counting, you hate rain!

On the up side, we finally made the jump a couple of weeks ago, and bought something we have been putting off for years due to the high cost...


So Exciting, and seems to have solved our water issues, but we are still in test phase and time will tell.

This shot is out of one of the windows, white gutters, and bi-color downspouts. I would love to have a photo for you of the wood gutter with its copper down spouts that is on the front of the house...
But it's raining out there! I love you all, but I don't want to get soaked for the sake of a photo.

February 02, 2015

A new Year, a new opportunity for a catch up

Yes it is true, I have not been writing, I have no real excuse. So much has been going on that life seems like a whirlwind! Our summer was spent re-trimming the back of the house in preparation for paint. Scaffolding everywhere, plywood frieze boards pulled down (how they got there I do not want to discuss, lets just say it was one of those last straw moments), sixteen inch wide redwood went up in it place, moldings, moldings and more moldings, casings and top trim went on windows and doors, columns were erected on the deck, and all corners of the back of the house were finally trimmed out.
Let the painting commence. The house is ninety nine point nine percent painted, and is looking fantastic! I will follow soon with some photographs of the back of the house.

Last June we went to New Orleans for a long weekend to celebrate our sister in-law's unmentionable birthday. We both adore New Orleans and actually spent a week there in the summer of 2005 looking at real estate. We indeed had picked out a house and headed back to Los Angeles to put our house on the market and prepare to make an official offer... Katrina hit a few weeks after our home hunt visit, and although the house we were looking at fared very nicely, the hurricane took the wind out of desire to live there.

Astrid's Birthday party was an excuse to run away for a few days and visit a place we love. While there we had some time on our hands so we went shopping. Salvage! New Orleans is a great place for salvage, but we were just looking... or so we thought. If you will remember back ,we had cut one of the kitchen cabinets due to cost (take a quick refresher look at this post from October 2012). Although the cabinet we had rescued and placed in the breakfast room was interesting and did the job, it was never quite right. While at "The Bank Antiques" in New Orleans, we rounded a corner and were presented with this... ooooooooooooh, I wanted it so bad!

Just the look and feel we wanted, and she measured out as a perfect fit. Salvage in New Orleans is so amazing, everything you look at is stripped of all paint and just begging to be taken home, sanded down, shored up, and installed. The down side... shipping cost. So we passed on it and went home. But the cabinet kept haunting our thoughts. Two weeks later I called, it was still there and I bought it over the phone and planned a road trip. Onto a plane, a few days with family in the Big Easy, and then into U-haul, ready for the trip home.

We took an entire week driving across the country, junk shopping all the way, and filled up the truck with treasures. Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, following route 66 all the way. There are lots of stories, but suffice it to say the journey was a lot of fun. There are other treasures purchased in New Orleans, but I will hold back on those until a future post.

Our cabinet arrived in Healdsburg and went through days of sanding, glueing, nailing, and an almost complete hardware change. We chose to leave it raw, and not put a finish on it, and she is a beauty.

So it is a new year, and I promise to be more diligent about posting. I have a lot of things to show you all and stories to share. Spring is right around the corner, the days are getting longer, and I am not so grumpy anymore.

June 04, 2014

On the rails again

Our second job, the restoration of this house, has stepped up again as we turn our attention to the back section of 227 North Street. Our house painter returns at the end of June and we are trying to be ready. So much trim to add, and create, and redo, and I do not want to discuss the redo part!

 @#drassen&*%frassen*^contractor%#*cheap-ass lumber&#....!

One of the few remaining, well one of like 20, big missing pieces has been the railings for our deck. In the past, without a railing, if someone fell off (about ten feet down) we would have to bash them over the head with a shovel and bury them in the basement. With the basement getting so full we figured it was time to buck up and add the railings. We have been collecting the pieces for some time to lessen the financial burden, and with a final burst of money, and a little begging we began.

First... box in all of the pressure treated 6 x 6 posts with pre-primed cedar

Not a very exciting picture, but it does show the box floating above the finish level of the post

The boxes were slid over the posts and held up in the air by wood blocks. We built two thirds of the railing above the finish height so that we could connect the railings inside the boxes. Then slide the whole thing down so that there are no screws showing in the railings at all.

Next... figure out how to assemble a section of railing...

Stacks of parts everywhere

It is always best to start at the beginning

As it would turn out, every section had a slightly different spacing

almost ready for nailing

The bottom of the balusters is sandwiched between two pieces of cedar so that water will drain right through

One ring-shank, hot-dipped galvanized nail per baluster

upside down and ready to mount to the clear cedar top rail

The first section took an entire day to figure out. We nailed it off and then walked away for the evening. Sunday morning the real fun began!...

Section by section

Piece by piece

By Sunday evening we were to the far corner

In the one Sunday we built and mounted one eight foot section and three twelve foot sections. Monday, Memorial Day, we turned the corner and had the task of figuring out the final three sections... two twelve foot sections, and the last section that is only eighteen inches.

This new side has the three posts that hold up the upper deck. The boxes are larger and had to be installed in two pieces. First we furred out the posts so that there was secure attach points for the boxes, then we moved boldly forward pretending we had a plan for installing the railings...

Furred out and ready

The sixth section ready for installation

The second half of the box ready for fitting

The section installed! right before this picture was taken, we pulled the blocks and lowered all the other sections

The last large section ready to be put into place

After this one, only the tiny one to go

Phillip holding the tiny section of railing before we installed it

The small bit, with its baseboards and caps

Quickly (two days of quickly) we added the baseboards and the caps...

The opening is where the twelve foot wide staircase down to the yard will be

The last pieces, the columns, and trim molding under the caps are still forth coming, but we are closer!  Of course the down side is that we still have two staircases and the entire upper deck to do. SIGH!  I have to be like a horse with blinders on!

The columns are now here and in a couple of days we will install them!

This is wine country. What do you do in wine country? You hurry your ass up, get those railings finished, and host a sit down wine tasting for fifty. Palmeri is the label, we are club members of this very small winery, and the winemaker requested we do this. Anything for a grand night!

Now we know... our deck can facilitate table space for fifty to fifty four. So if you need space for a large dinner party, the deck is available to rent... hey, we gotta support this monster somehow!