When the house was built in 1895, plumbing was just starting to come indoors. Though there wasn’t any plumbing for the kitchen nor the bathroom, the original builder/owner did have a sink installed in the upstairs corridor. The installation seemed like an afterthought, the supply and drain pipes were clumsily boxed-in with wood, but the baseboard behind the boxes was unfinished and the plaster also indicated the pipes being placed as the house was built… rather odd, normally they would’ve been hidden in the adjoining interior wall.
I visited Tim McMichael, one of the artists in the 5k house show, at his studio in the David Shoe building which – at least for me – had quite the reputation as an artists hubbub. Most of the activity started 10+ years ago and was relatively short-lived; a bunch of the spaces were converted for living and studios but things got out of hand with raves hence the landlord kick most of the folk out. There’s a strangeness in seeing the abandoned lofts.
It was an honor to have some of my favorite artists here in Cincinnati show in the 5K house. Thanks to those who made it to the big opening January 19th and the ‘open house/gallery’ viewings the following three Saturdays.
soon enough you’ll find why I titled this post as I did.
There’s work to do!
I’m gearing up to find another project so my ears perked up when I heard about a cheap property in one of my favorite Cincinnati neighborhoods – Northside.
It still blows me away that places can be this cheap and, unbelievably, I’m not interested in buying it. The timing, scope and character of the place tells me to hold off.
Anyone interested? I did consider buying and holding onto it but I know myself well enough… I need to wait for a better fit.
I’ll find elements in the demolition and reconstruction process I like and want to keep. I keep them in the back of the mind until a solution pops up; sometimes by playing around with ideas, the answer will come. Discovering the tiles was a wonderful surprise.
I’ve always enjoyed ‘before/after’ photos and wanted to show some from when I first got the house .
Presently the first floor has a small half bathroom where the previous one existed. Here’s what I found and how it got put back together:
I love Ikea kitchens.
Love the engineering. Love the price. Love having a store in Cincinnati. As for the last point, here’s why: generally I’ll need 3-4 trips to get it right, it’d be very frustrating being close enough to drive – yet still a ways off – like being in Columbus (two hours away). Lucky us.
On the subject of love, I’m constantly enthralled by the integrity of the materials used and the craftsmanship seen in old houses. Also I enjoy the challenge of working within their given limitations. For a contrast I prefer furniture and kitchens to have a modern look.
These photos show the kitchen from different angles:
I’ve been amazed by the play of light in this house… it keeps surprising me. Here the sunshine is bouncing off the living room floor: