04 June 2008

Moving to the Nuthouse

Come in, little friend, and bring your checkbook So, further busyness has been going on -- we're moving into a lovely 1877 house, called "Nutwood," in about three weeks. Negotiations were...well...well, they were harrying. Though the house has been lived in, it's not in such a condition that the borough will just hand out an occupancy permit. No. Not until the exposed hot wires are taken care of. Oh, and the gas leaks. Oh, and the thorns enclosing the rail on the steps in the front. Oh, and the storm drain.

The rotten wood siding and sills we're just taking care of for the hell of it. We're fancy-free, devil-may-care, that way. Here. Have some more money. It's worth it.

And really, it is (despite our occasional viewings of "The Money Pit" and "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," to keep our spirits up). It's SOOOOO BIIIIIIG. It's got four bedrooms, three living room/dens, two and a half bathrooms, a dining room, a kitchen, a breakfast nook, and, in case we get bored, an attic which could be remodeled and made into an Excellent Ritual Room.

Some things -- the safety issues and the house not falling down issues and the San Franciscan Victorian Paint Jobby Which Looks Really Odd on a Pittsburgh Farmhouse -- need to get done immediately.

Other things, such as the Colorful Decoration of the Dining Room, can wait:

All your food is like a Party!  In your mouth!  Forever!

So that we can have people over to discuss things over dinner. By candlelight. With our eyes closed.

But it has detail!

We all know this represents HOURS of paint stripping

It has gorgeous lighting!

Is this a pentacle I see before me?

It has a cathedral window and a skylight in the breakfast nook!

Much more restful than the dining room, really

We LOVE it!

Now I'm going to join up with the House Restoration Bloggers, so that I can have Knowledgeable Company. We need to go pick out replacement doorknobs and a transom.


Owldaughter said...

Oh, oh, oh -- it's absolutely *lovely*! I am so excited for you! And downright envious. That staircase is gorgeous, and the facade is breathtaking.

Kenny said...

Wow. That is absolutely gorgeous. I shall expect Lake Wobegon-style tales of rural PA now. You'll not get away with ice-fishing, mosquitoes the size of Chinooks and the perpetual wood ticks, but I'm sure you can come up with some idyllic idiosyncrasy.

deborah oak said...

oh my goodness!! I love that the house has a name. Perfect. Congratulations, and good luck with the move!

hele said...

Eesh, I wanted to say oh, oh and then I decided to change it to wow but both were already taken so I'll have to settle for awesome.

Reya Mellicker said...

Wow. That dining room.

But it's beautiful and sounds wonderful. Are there ghosts? Ghosts in DC hate renovations. Contractors are not usually gentle, which disturbs them. Makes sense.


Beth Owl's Daughter said...

Another wow, eesh and oh (from the other Owl's Daughter!) ..

Congratulations on your new baby!

CarlBrannen said...

Wonderful! I suppose you've checked for mine problems.

Anonymous said...

FAB-U-LOUS!!! May I please wear a hat and pearls and rhinestones for dinner?

The dining room is almost Alice in Wonderland/dining room of the Queen of Hearts-ish.

I can hardly wait to see more...

Love you,

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