I wanted to time finishing up the 5k blog with the open house celebration of the my most recent project: The Square House. So, on the 23rd of August 2014, the fun continues… for details, visit 1407chase.com
For this final post of the 4 part series, I have images showing some of my favorite detail shots that Steve Paszt took.
The interior of the main entry door. This shot has a mystic vintage feel I like.
The newel post on the first landing.
The second floor hall outside the front bedroom.
Hall on the left. Front bed on the right. Door jam dividing the two.
fireplace detail in the front bedroom
ceiling and wall
In the bed rooms I had blue ceilings, in the public spaces, an earth tone.
One end of the blue form on the left. The big circle on the right.
The old glass makes a lovely squiggly line when the sun hits it right.
The house I’m presently working on has revealed a theme in the process of renovation and restoration. The 5Khouse also became known as the ‘Circle House’ for how often the circle was referenced. The 1407 Chase house is an American ‘four square’ which inspired me to work with the square as a point of inspiration.
If you haven’t seen project, please check it out: 1407chase.com
In ‘… 2 of 4’ we saw the stairs and hallway, now we’ll visit the three bedrooms and the bathroom, all on the second floor.
This is the first bedroom at the front of the house. It’s separate from the other two bedrooms and has a formal lovely fireplace mantle, so it feels like the master bedroom.
here’s the fireplace and the closet
the middle bedroom
looking into the hall
the back bedroom
clawfoot tub with old original lead pipe in the background
First, the stewards of the 5K house:
Ashleigh and Brett moved here in late September. They’re originally from Kansas city and came to Cincinnati via Tucson/Buffalo/L.A. for a book/paper conservator job ashleigh took at the Langsam library at the University of Cincinnati and shared with the Hamilton County Public Library system. Brett continues the family tradition of printmaking having a MFA in it and soon will be teaching at the Art Academy and NKU. Moving here is their first opportunity to unpack many boxes and settle into a home. For me, it was well worth the wait to find such great tenants!
Home sweet home…
I love these specimen jars.
…from birds to plants.
And finally, 1407chase.com, my new blog.
For the past 2 + months I’ve been absorbed in a new project. It will have some art elements, but for the most part, it’ll be a straight forward restoration and renovation adventure. The lovely ‘Four Square’ house located in the wonderful neighborhood of Northside and I hope to be finished mid-summer and will most likely put it back onto the market. As always, I become pleasantly rather obsessed in the process and the intended blog has had a late arrival and now I have some serious catch up work to do! so please be patient… having ‘followers’ of a blog definitely ups my game, that said, please-my loyal 5kcincinnati.com’ers-click on that ‘follow’ button!
The last post we toured the first floor, now lets explore the hall as we go upstairs.
Where the stairs, exposed plaster, and ceiling intersect.
The first landing. I used lime plaster to create a joining half circle and parabola. It’s on top of the exposed base plaster.
Also on the first landing is the ‘negative’ casting pattern which is recessed into the wall. You can just make out the lime plaster circle to the right.
The sexy handrail at the second landing.
Looking towards the east wall and the second landing. Next to the window is the ‘positive’ casting pattern.
Looking towards the back upstairs hall.
On the right side of the back hall. The blue shape is pigmented lime plaster.
This window is one of two that are near each other. It’s opposite of the middle bedroom door.
At the end of the upstairs back hall is a small 3×3 foot vestibule that is painted a glowing red to contrast with the blue plaster leading to it.
It’s been a while since I last posted anything, my thought has always been to introduce my next house project as I wrapped up the 5k experience. Things have moved slower than I first imagined, but the process to acquiring another house on my street is progressing. The idea is to realize a 25+ year dream to take a rather typical Cincinnati shotgun, remove the floors, add the appropriate structural support and place a swing inside the space. Daunting, to say the least… The effort and expense are huge but I seem to return to the belief that I need to make this happen. In the meantime it’s time to make a living, and with the recently purchased house in Northside, hopefully that will keep me going. I’m in the process of getting the blog going for that project, which I’ll share soon, but first I want to share Steve’s Paszt’s photos of the 5k house just prior to the Ashleigh and Brett’s arrival in late September. It’s an honor having them live in the house!
So… I want to explain what to expect in the next few posts. The photos will be of the interior of the house, the different rooms and their details of. I’m breaking it into four posts: the first floor, the hall/stairs, the second floor, and finally, my favorite detail shots. Seeing the pictures again was like fine wine, it only got better… enjoy, as I did.
The First Floor:
The original Living room in the front of the house.
The former living room.
The former dining room looking towards the hall and main entry which is on the side of the house.
The former dining room looking towards the kitchen.
In the kitchen looking into the former dining room. Pantry closet door on the left.
The former kitchen which now has a small half bath in the corner and room for a table. The new kitchen straddles the old kitchen and old dining room.
The half Bathroom.
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.
The final resting place for the reworked original lead pipe.
The wood planks removed, exposing the supply and drain pipes. This photo was taken last January.
The lead supply line is on the left. The cast iron drain pipe on the right. Impressive mounting bracket, right?
The lead pipe was too cool to scrap.
Only to be hidden by a shower curtain!
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.
The south side
Tim In his studio
The shared shop space.
Some of Tim’s artwork.
An abandoned living space.
Tim’s old studio; a couple years back he moved to his present space. This is the pipe from the wood stove he used for heat.
An old sign from another time…