October 12, 2006
The tsunami hit this past week—a lot going on. Two production days for the "lads," the house color finally came together. Kudos to Scott from Acrymax for getting it the beautiful shade that came to be. It was painted in two days—we're talking a BIG house! Lou from CertaPro Painters oversaw the project. Keep in mind that the building first had to be worked on by Tom's crew, Chris and Joe, to get the remnants of the ivy off. What a painstaking job!
Inside, plasterers on stilts, headed by Karl, covered all of the holes made for the insulation, then they smoothed over cracks and craters throughout the house. Our local politicians came by for a tour of the house with Norm, Richard, and Tom. (My aunt Grace Flynn, the only elder relative, was on hand, too.) They actually seemed interested, and not just doing "face" time. Thanks to Senator Robert Travaglini, Representative Anthony Petrucelli, City Councilor Sal Lamattina and former City Councilor Diane Modica. Are there any Irish pols left in Boston?
Stephanie Hubbard, our landscape designer, and Roger are going over the prospect of a picket fence and considering what is left of the budget for landscaping. (At this point gravel may be the only solution!) The boiler/heating system looks like something out of an MIT experiment lab—Buddy and Richard have spent days piecing it together. Lisey Good, our decorator (sounds so strange for us to have a "decorator"), and Kathy Marshall, our kitchen designer (which sounds even weirder for us to have!), have bent over backwards for us trying to accommodate us style-wise but very cost-conscious…couldn't do it without them. The wiring in the cellar looked like dreadlocks on steroids! But the wires are now uniform and color-coded, and the switch boxes are all identified. (Thanks to Allen, Petro, Jeff and the rest of the Gallant guys).
None of this looks like it is about to slow down…Hold the caffeine—no more coffee runs for these guys!
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Way to go, girls! Enjoy the look of the old house and know well how hard it is to paint stucco! And the Old house has new innards, not just a cosmetic coverup. Have you considered low voltage outdoor lighting to accent the house features instead of landscaping ? Might try lightscaping the yards/front facade?
I couldn't believe my two cousins were on TV last night and taking on such a big job! Good for you both. It's great to see that the "Old Flynn" house is being restored. I loo forward to tunign in every week...the re-runs will be on for years. You're both big stars!
Hi i really don't know how to use this Type ket thing but will give it a go...I think that is "cousin jerry" but am not sure...he lived here in Liz's apt growing up and is an industrial arts teacher in Melrose..yes, he has all of his fingers and he is somewhat of a big whig with the Coast Guard and got deployed right away after 9/11 away from teaching, his kids and his wife Beth who is a marvelous nurse. Keep in mind that his father was a heroic "ace" bombadier (sp?)pilot in WW11. I think the decrepit state of some of the house forced him to learn about how to do things and teach others..kudos...but then again, it cd be Jerry twomey...whatever..you can't go wrong with a "jerry" from east Boston...speaking of things gone wrong...what am I doing on a Sat. night typing on a computer??? believe me..I am loving it...Chris
Wow, I haven't read the blog in a couple of weeks, not since the first episode. And I haven't watched the TiVonation of episode 2 or 3 yet. Still, wow! The house looks great in that picture. It's so weird to see it without the hedges or the scaffolding!
I thought I was alone in the world until I read your post about smells, Chris. The cutting of wood during a restoration is like the freshness of a new day. It just can't be adequately explained in words. I have a similar project here in Missouri, but I have no crew, unfortunately. So I've given myself five years to slave over it and a meager budget, PLUS the Habitat Restore and Dan's New and Used. It's happening in spite of me, rather than because of me, and I'm happy about that! It takes character to do what you're doing and what I'm doing. I think everyone who does this should be in a sort of Hall of Fame, or maybe it should be Hall of Flame, since that's what we all think we SHOULD do at one time or another during a restoration ;). Thoroughly enjoying your journey, and you've inspired me to write about mine as well! Be careful out there!
Sorry this post isn't about the house renovations, but . . .
I spent three years working for the East Boston Social Centers in East Boston while in college (1980-1983). Trinity Neighborhood House had me for two years (Jeffreys Point for the third, after a fire at TNH).
Grace Flynn celebrated her 50th year working at TNH while I was there. She was (and remains) perhaps the sweetest person I've ever worked with.
Wondering if this post mentioning your aunt Grace is the Grace Flynn from Trinity.
If yes, please tell her she is well-remembered.
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