Monday, July 16, 2012

I’m Back!

Those of you who follow this blog have certainly (I hope) noticed the long, long delay since my last post!  Things have been so busy and I have neglected to make a new post.
One of my recent new construction projects was a home in Hinsdale being built by my friend Noel Talty, of Talty Carpentry Construction (  The level of detail in this home is very unusual, and I couldn’t help but take a few pictures…

This (almost-finished) fireplace is in the mahogany-paneled study, and features vintage tile. 

I’ve always thought one of the uglier things on a wall is a big, white stamped sheet metal return grille.  Sure, you can paint it the color of the wall, but that doesn’t approach the coolness factor of what Noel did in this house – the returns are router-cut right into the baseboard, so they blend right in. 

So, quick poll everyone:  How often do you see vintage-style mortised rim locksets, complete with skeleton keys, in new construction?  As an enthusiast of old houses, this really caught my eye and certainly helps to make this home seem like it’s “been there forever”. 

One thing, though, that clues you in to the fact that this is brand-new premium construction is all the technology in the home…geothermal heating and cooling, a full multiroom audio system, and a hard-wired lighting control system.  Every light fixture in the place has its own home run to those two big panels on the right.  Stuff like this just impresses the heck out of me.
Obviously my work in the home occurs when it’s still under construction, so these pictures were taken before things were all wrapped up.  I’m really hoping for the opportunity to see the home when it’s finished, cleaned up and ready for occupancy!