The Grand House

Looks like Mom…Wants to be Dad!

Henry might have blond hair and blue eyes like his Momma, but I think he’s going to be like his Dad.

He loves to watch Mark work on the house and always wants to touch his tools!

Mark put in a new downspout the other day and Henry just stared at him the whole time.

Good thing our little Tank likes to help because we’re going to need it!

In the next few weeks, we’re getting a new roof, expanding the 3rd floor dormers and (hopefully!) working on a new kitchen design. These are a few different looks we like.

Henry is also babbling nonstop and gearing up to say his first word…wonder if it will be Dewalt! Ha!

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Mark is Chip and Joanna Rolled Into One

We are big Fixer Upper fans just like the rest of America!

And people always ask us if Mark is like Chip and if I’m like Joanna.

The answer is no. Mark is Chip AND Jo, and I’m basically just his funny sidekick who follows him around and writes this blog!

Hate to be that annoying wife who gushes about her husband, but Mark really is the brains behind all our designs and the brawn behind our renovations.

He did a quick project at our current home last weekend.

Isn’t it amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do?!

Mark picked the colors and did all the scraping and then the painting.

I offer moral support and watch the baby…because someone’s gotta do that!

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A “Spiritual Medium” Used To Live In Our House

We thought our old Victorian might have been a funeral home at one time because of the large front rooms, super high ceilings and wide interior hallway. But it’s better than that…a spiritual medium named Mrs. Heiny used to live in our house and did readings for people from 1903 to 1905.

How cool is that?! I am obsessed with a show on E! called “Tyler Henry Hollywood Medium” and I think it is so freaking cool that Mrs. Heiny was doin’ her thang in our house.

All of this information comes from a “house history” that we asked historian Carol Peterson to do. She dug up everything she could on the house.

24 people owned the house before us. The first people who lived there were Theodore and Elizabeth Peterson in 1879. Theodore was a teamster and his family was in Pittsburgh politics.

The house was built between 1872 and 1876 in the Italianate style of architecture which was the most popular style in Pittsburgh at that time.

Italiante homes in America are modeled after Italian villas and farmhouses. This helps us GREATLY because now we know exactly what the house was intended to look like and we can mirror that as much as possible.

Mark and I LOVE going through our house history and recommend anyone who’s interested to get one done on their home!

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Cigarettes, Sidewalks & Exclamations!

At dinner the other night, we swear Henry said his first word. And we’re pretty sure it sounded like “Nicorette.” HA!

No idea why he even has smoking words in his vocabulary.

Over the weekend, Mark and I went to an adults only dinner party and left Henry at home for the 2nd time in 7 months. Win!

Our new sidewalk was installed with spaces for our shade trees that we’ll plant to line the street. Yes!

We found a guy to help Mark make traditional box gutters that will help restore the house to its original, historic glory. Woohoo!

Henry helped his Dad take measurements for the outdoor patio off the kitchen. Yay!

Momma was down for the count and in bed with a nasty fever for 2 days. Boo!

The only good thing was I got to stare at one of my favorite prints of baby Hank.

Look at that superman…can’t believe he was ever that small! Thanks Melissa Lucci for the photo!

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I Can See Clearly Now!

Because the old windows are gone!!

Our new windows were installed last week and it honestly feels like a completely different house.

My ever-stylish husband decided black windows would be best.

Once again, his eye for design is spot-on. The windows look terrific!

I don’t have a great front shot of the house because we’re still doing some work there…but the big beauty shot is coming in the next few weeks!

Hank the Tank was super jazzed about the new windows.

His excitement only lasted for about 3 minutes because he promptly fell right asleep!

Apparently, our renovations bore him. HA! 🙂

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Daddy’s Little Sidekick

Guess where Mark and Henry spend most of their father-son bonding time?

Yep, you guessed it…Home Depot, Lowe’s and Busy Beaver.

Hank the Tank loves going to the hardware store with his dad…at least that’s what we think. We’ll continue to drag him there until he starts to talk and tells us otherwise. 🙂

Mark is prepping our Victorian house this weekend for the new windows that are coming.

My dad is going to help, and those two will have some “guy time” which consists of donut and hot dog breaks between working. Ha!

Awesome throwback pic of Mark’s beard!!

Henry and I will be hanging together which is our very favorite thing to do.

And I don’t care if people think I share too many pictures of my baby…how can I not? LOOK AT THAT FACE!!

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We almost power washed our kid.

Hank got this new kick ass stroller (which is nicer than my car) and we’ve been spending most of our time outside!

We visit Dad while he works on the new house at least 5 times every weekend.

Last Saturday and Sunday, Mark power washed the new brick addition and the front facade of the house.

I told him to be extra careful because he is not allowed to fall off the ladder or scaffolding because I am not raising this baby by myself. 🙂

Mark’s first attempt at power washing didn’t go well because the machine he rented wasn’t strong enough…he said he could rinse Henry off with it. Ha!

He got a stronger one and blasted away.

Next step is to order windows…we’re getting new ones that look like the old original ones to go with the feel of the house…can’t wait!

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