Saturday, January 10, 2009
Welcome to my Blog chronicling the renovation of our row house in Philadelphia. In 2007, we bought a 1600 square foot row home in an exciting area of Philadelphia. The house was built in 1880. When we first saw the house the walls were swathed in layers upon layers of wallpaper; and the pine wood floors were covered in thick black glue, linoleum and red carpets! The plaster walls were crumbling but other than that the house was structurally sound. We fell in love with the layout of the house, the wonderful curved plaster walls on the second floor and the fact that nothing in the house was straight. The house was built at an angle on an angled lot and was just so unique and perfect for us.
We closed on the house at the end of April 2007. We then spent the next several months stripping the wall paper, salvaging the plaster walls that we could, erecting new walls and painting. It was a lot of work but finally the house was in move-in condition. We moved into the house at the end of August 2007. Since then we have been working on the house as much as we can. In April 2008 we had our beautiful baby boy Kiran. Since then we have pretty much slowed down on the renovations. However, we have started again with gusto.
In this blog I will document our progress in restoring our quirky house into what she (yes it is a she) was meant to be.