The Beam Project

One of the biggest concerns when we bought the house was that one of the main beams in the kitchen had a major crack in it. The bank had put three 4x4s to keep the beam in place, but it was up to us to replace it. We had a structural engineer in to give…

Mid-Mess

This past week has really felt like we are very disorganized. Walls are open and we’ve had delays due to weather. Speaking of weather, we’ve had a lot more to do around the house because of the weather. Mainly keeping warm with the wood stove. Between bringing wood in, maintaining the fire and stacking new…

Big changes are comin’

It’s a while since my last post mostly because we’ve been really busy with all sorts of work and planning. For starters, we had our wood stove put in. It has been great to be able to turn the electric baseboards OFF. The stove has kept the house comfortable enough and sometimes even too hot….

White snow and black mold

There was a lot going on at the house today. We got to experience our first “snow” while living in the house. And we did a bunch of demo today. The day started off with a project to get ready for the wood stove that is coming Tuesday. Our mantle was both too low and…

To paint or not to paint

One of the things we’re trying to keep in mind throughout the renovations is resell value. And resell appeal. Our house sat on the market for over 5 years. Why? We’re sure a big part of it was the price. But as we’re spending more time in the house we are realizing there were probably…

Organization (or lack thereof)

This past week we have done a ton or organizing. But, the place still feels like it is a mess. Some good friends of ours from boating stopped by to see the place when they were in the area. I was really happy to see them. I feel bad that we haven’t yet invited anyone…

January 13th Status Report

It has been a good week on the river – and it’s only Wednesday! Every morning this week we have been waking up to the most beautiful sunrises. It starts with a thin orange line just over the horizon. As the sky lightens the orange line gets brighter and the sky lightens up enough to…

Only as far as we dream

When I was a kid my parents had a poster up in the living room. Not a painting, an actual poster. It was a photo of the space shuttle with the Karen Ravn poem that says: “Only as high as I reach can I grow Only as far as I seek can I go Only as deep as I…

Location

Location, location, location… Those are the top three things to consider when buying real estate, right? So here is a little more about our location. We are about a mile south in route 154 when you get off of exit 7 on route 9. We’re about 15 minutes from either Middletown or Old Saybrook and…

First Weekend

Our closing was scheduled for December 18th, but as it turned out we didn’t close until the 23rd. The mortgage company was a bit ridiculous to work with, but from talking to other people this is not unusual. We started staying at the house the day we closed. We brought down air mattresses and sleeping…

The Renovation Plan – part 1

The renovation work on our river house will surely continue for years. But part of our mortgage is a budget for initial renovation work. This work will probably last 3 to 4 months and will put us in good shape to really enjoy the spring/summer months. Exterior Repairs There are several exterior repairs that we…

The History

We are still working on piecing together the history of our river house, and it’s previous owners. We know that the house was originally built by Captain Ebenezer Witter, a revolutionary war soldier born in Preston, Connecticut. Witter married his first wife in 1757, the year we understand that the river house was built. The…