Amidst ‘Noise and Haste,’ Searching for Healing

( ⌚︎ this post has been updated) "Go placidly amid the noise in haste." That's a verse from the Desiderata, one of my favorite poems of all time. Right now there's a lot of both going on at Cannon House, as the place is shaking with every swing of the hammer. Literally. As I type. But that … Continue reading Amidst ‘Noise and Haste,’ Searching for Healing

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Big Decision No. 1: Pac Man Edition

There are points in every reno where you have to make a tough decision that has no good answer. Today was one of those days. Due to a measuring error, we either had to scale back and modify a critical part of the new kitchen and mud room, or modify the brick-serpentine wall. After some … Continue reading Big Decision No. 1: Pac Man Edition

#EcoBuild Tip No. 1: To Chip or Not to Chip?

Brick, brick pieces and mortar refuse is a common occurrence in renovation and building. In our case, we only had a small amount of unusable brick after the initial demo. When Cannon House was renovated in 2008, we brought in a brick chipper and put the remnants under the new porch to help with drainage. … Continue reading #EcoBuild Tip No. 1: To Chip or Not to Chip?

Bricks Started Coming Off Yesterday

  Piece by piece, the bricks were removed—exposing beautiful heart pine that's about 100 years old. We're going to reclaim both the brick and the wood for uses later on in the reno. We also had an EarthCraft meeting where I learned a great deal about sensible construction practices that can make a huge difference … Continue reading Bricks Started Coming Off Yesterday