Monday, February 04, 2013

"Before" photos.

Andrew, a better photographer than I, took some lovely "before" shots of the main floor.

 Living room, complete with 70's panelling!

 And lovely faux brick.

 Pocket door onto hallway, and those registers like we had when I was a kid. The girls have already discovered you can talk to each other through them.

 Ta-dum! Dining room. Lovely wainscotting! (And look how tall that girl is getting!)

 Entranceway with hideous bathroom stuck in. It'll be nice to see what happens when that's torn out.

Lovely built-ins.
There really isn't that much sunlight streaming in.; there's a light on up there. But there will be a lot of light once we get rid of the upstairs closet that hangs over the stairway, put in a skylight and get rid of that nasty bathroom, which will really open things up!

 Hallway. That's a special pink biege!

Green-tiled fireplace -- apparently a popular choice in the neighbourhood at the time. Our friends, Trudy and Errol, who are doing up a similar house a few blocks away, have the same cast iron fireplace, and Trudy tells me that they've had several chimney repairers, two of whom took photos, tell her they'd never seen that design or that crest before! Perhaps our houses were built by the same guys. Or at least they shopped at the same places (I suppose they didn't have the endless choices we do). Trudy thinks they might have the same green tile too!

The charming branch handrail. : )


trudy said...

Jackie! I'm going to dig through my notes and find the names of those twin brothers that built ours. They finished building here in 1910/1911 after they fully completed The Grand Dame next door... So they may have moved up Lakewood to yours..! T x

Unknown said...

Tobin, perchance? I found the realtor's ad for our place, which says "built for the Tobin Brothers in 1912." I wonder if they meant built "for" the Tobin brothers? Wouldn't that be amazing?

trudy said...

Ah Jackie - our (twin) brother carpenters were The Carters... Just found a scribbled note - hopefully I'll find more info soon - it's stored away somewhere..! x

Unknown said...

Ah. Well, maybe "for" the Tobins by the Carters?