|Bringing Back Holleywood||
After months of exterior work, Rob and the team are making progress indoors, and I am beginning to think of the house as a home instead of a project. We are doing wooden cabinetry to match the vintage feeling of the slate sink that Chris found. Rob, a master carpenter, will build the cabinets to match this photo from Ellen's archives. He'll build them out of aged wood: 80 yr old fir reclaimed from beams in an old aircraft hangar. "Reclaiming old wood makes for a truly green renovation," says Rob. "Plus, aged wood is more beautiful. It takes 50 years to get fir this color."
Carpenters Bill and Matt peer down from their work on the roof, through trap door to the attic.
My husband Donald is a bath-taker. Some people, when stressed, turn to drink or to chocolate. Donald prefers a hot soak with good book. Which is why we've decided to move the clawfoot tub into the octagonal tower room next to the master--so he can open the door to the Juliette balcony for views of the lake as he takes the cure.
Relocating the clawfoot (which happily didn't sell in the tag sale, despite a bargain price of $300 affixed to its rim) turns out to be more complicated than it sounds, as is almost every part of a renovation. Unless we want to fill the bathtub by hand, it's got to have plumbing and plumbing requires pipes going down to the basement. However, the walls in the tower are outside walls which means putting pipes in them assures pipes will freeze. Frank and Rob hit on the idea of running the pipes inside, but hiding them behind bookshelves on the first floor.
When Matt the carpenter moves the cabinet, he discovers it to be amazingly solid. And held to the wall expertly by four clever screws. When Matt removes the screws, the cabinet falls cleanly away from the wall. Rob the contractor (who is also a master carpenter) admires the expert mortise and tenon construction. As far from Ikea as bookshelves can get.
Matt the carpenter carefully removes floorboards in octagonal Master Bathroom to expose joists underneath. If joists are rotted or sagging, we'll have to replace them which would be quite an expense, as they're probably built into the brick. So far, so good.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.