Hartford Preservation Alliance Awards Event

The Hartford Preservation Alliance will be holding their annual Awards Event on Thursday, May 13th, at 5:30, at the Design Center in Parkville (1429 Park St, Hartford). There are 12 Awardees this year, including a number of projects that loyal readers will recognize. The event is open to all, and tickets are $25 – hope to see you there! In addition to their annual Awards Event, the Hartford Preservation Alliance works throughout the year as

Beefy Moldings

“We are running about a week ahead of schedule.” How many times have you heard that during a renovation project? I’m guessing not very many. Yet that’s how Christian Winkley of Oxford Builders began the (unsolicited) update email he sent us on Sunday morning. The kitchen project is now squarely in the putting-it-all-back-together phase and it appears that we’ll be getting back into the space sooner than anticipated. Yippee! Today’s activity was door frames and

Designing a Kitchen

We thought that designing a new kitchen would be relatively straightforward. Really, how hard could it be? Pick a cabinet design, choose the appliances, then the finish details, and away we’d go. We already had a good idea of what we wanted in a kitchen, so we thought the design part would be easy. As it turned out, there were a number of challenges that we did not foresee. The shape of the room was

79 Girard Avenue- Hartford’s West End

We hope that you’ve enjoyed following our Saving a West End Home series during the past few months. The restoration is complete and now it’s time to make this fantastic historic home yours! A completely rehabbed exterior welcomes you, starting with the new 35-year architectural shingle roof. The new wooden shingle siding, rebuilt front porch, and restored windows with full storms have all been freshly painted in historically appropriate colors. Stepping inside, you’re greeted by

Saving a West End Home: Project Round-Up

Note: This post continues the Saving a West End Home Series. The West End Home has a round turret as its front, left corner. Although round turrets are not uncommon in the neighborhood, the feature gives the property a little something extra – something special. From the outside, the conical roofline immediately draws the eye. For me, the effect is to mask the true size of the building. It makes the home feel more intimate