This Abandoned House
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Renovation elevations!

Posted on 1/31/2012 by Maggie Marystone in renderings exterior

Some new renderings of the exterior. This was before we settled on what color the windows and doors should be, but it's very close to the final product.

I love the shadows the spiral staircase makes on the back of the house.

It's funny to see these drawings now, after we've lived in the house for a year. We realized that it's not even humanly possible to view the house from most of those angles.

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Design #1

Posted on 1/26/2012 by Maggie Marystone in design floorplans renderings

When architect Patrick Thompson and I first sat down to talk about the house, I hadn't even applied for it yet.

I needed some expert advice.

How could I renovate this house given my limited budget? What should my priorities be?

One of the first decisions I made was to return the house to a single family home. The house had been split up into three apartments, one on each floor. I was nervous enough about being a homeowner. I wasn't ready to be a landlord, too. If there was a way to combine the apartments and keep to my budget, that was the idea.

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