And depending on how it turns out, I’m expecting that at least some of you might just decide to make good on that threat to pack up and leave the country!
If you fall in that category and need to sell your home in a big fat hurry, no need to fret: just call me, your friendly neighborhood Realtor. We’ll get that thing on the market lickety-split and you can start packing your wooly socks and practice saying, “What’s that aboot, eh?”
We’ve had dark and stormy skies in Austin these last few days. Even though it hasn’t exactly turned cold, I’ve still been tempted to start a fire in the fireplace just to make the living room a little more cozy feeling… which then reminded me I need to post pictures of the fireplace renovation we did last winter, because it’s so AWESOME (if I do say so myself)!
Here’s what it started out like, our 1979 Texas flagstone fireplace and hearth, along with adjoining dark brown wood veneer built-ins:
After yanking out the built-ins and hammering away all the rock facade and the bulky hearth (which was some heavy, dusty work) we got down to the brick firebox:
Our next step was to frame out the fireplace surround with flame retardant cement board. Since our plan was to mount the TV over it, we ran the TV’s power cord and the built-in sound system wires through PVC pipes in the wall so we wouldn’t have any dangling wires:
Once that was done and the drywall replaced, textured and painted, it was time to apply the covering, a gorgeous stacked stone product called RealStone, in honed white birch. Isn’t it so, so PRETTY? I’m obsessed with it! (And I have to give props to our contractor, Karl Hanson at H & H Design & Construction — he and his crew did an amazing job of getting this laid out perfectly!)
The final step was to paint the grate and the interior brick a neat black, and then we were ready for the new floors to go in, the TV to go up, and the decorating to begin. Here’s how it all turned out in the end:
Cozy, no? We were absolutely thrilled with how it came out! It’s about as far away from its original look as can possible be, and we don’t miss that a bit. We wanted it to look sleek and contemporary, but still feel warm and inviting.
Speaking of inviting, I believe it’s calling me now. I’m gonna go light a fire, pour a lovely glass of wine, and ride out the rest of this stormy evening. Y’all enjoy yours!
You’ve landed at my blog, either by intent or accident — and I’m happy to have you!
I started this blog as sort of a catch-all spot to post all kinds of random stuff I’d like to pass along, much of it pertaining to Austin real estate (my own business in particular or market info in general), our local economy, information for first-time buyers and sellers, or interesting/funny tidbits about Austin… or gardening tips, home decor/design ideas, places you should check out, coming events, notes about the weather, or pictures I snap in and around Austin that I happen to like.
Like this one, which I took outside the Palmer Events Center on a sunny fall afternoon:
Or this one, of the beautiful Brandeen (my sons’ dog) playing at Bull Creek Park (Austin being a very pet-friendly city):
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In the mean time, like the unknown artist at Austin’s graffiti wall says above: Just keep swimming. One day I’ll be in your ocean.
I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I’m sure it’s profound.