Category Archive: Westview Bungalow

Ready for Spring!

Spring is here – at least according to the calendar! Based on our photos of the garden we have noticed we’re at least two weeks behind last year. That being said, we’re not complaining. With all these “hottest years on record” recently we don’t mind a cool start to spring if it means less watering later in the year. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we have mild temperatures and plenty of rain through the summer as well.

Here are some early shots from the garden!

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A Trip to Macon

This past Saturday we decided to take a trip to Macon. I know what you’re thinking… Macon? Really? What’s there to do in Macon?

I stumbled across the American Camellia Society website a few months ago, and they just happened to have their gardens in Fort Valley, GA – just a little ways outside of Macon. The garden is called Massee Lane Gardens and it got its start in the 1930s as the private garden of David C. Strother. He donated the garden and his farm to the American Camellia Society in 1966. Lucky for us! This place has a great diversity of camellias.

Massee Lane Gardens

Camellia at Massee Lane Gardens

Camellia at Massee Lane Gardens

Camellia at Massee Lane Gardens

The camellia below is called “Esther Smith.” We ended up buying a plant from their little nursery by the parking lot. Now we just have to figure out where to put it in the yard.

Esther Smith Camellia

Camellia at Massee Lane Gardens

After we finished at the garden we headed in to Macon for a bite to eat and a visit to the Hay House. The Hay House is an 18,000 square foot Italian Renaissance Revival style mansion. Built from 1855 to 1859 by William Butler Johnston, it remained in the family’s hands until the 1977, when it was transferred to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Restoration began in 1980 and still continues today. Unfortunately, they don’t allow interior photography, so you’ll have to go see it for yourself! It’s totally worth a visit if you are an old house fan!

Hay House

Hay House Porch

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Wood Panel Ceiling

I’ve always wanted a wood panel ceiling in our little hallway. It’s not a big space, but it acts as the hub of our home. There are six doors in a space that’s less than 60 square feet. We don’t spend a lot of time in there, but we do spend a lot of time passing through. So I always thought a v-groove wood panel ceiling would be a nice accent to tie the room together.

We knew Randall Brothers would have the exact v-groove paneling we wanted, but Randall Brothers is only open Monday thru Friday – when we’re at work, of course. Needless to say, it took a while before we could find time to get over there and get the materials. During the holidays we finally managed to make a trip to Randall Brothers to pick up the materials we needed, so we were ready to start the project.

Just a quick side note on Randall Brothers. Even though they have a reputation for being expensive I still love going there. They have been making moulding for 125 years. If you want authentic period moulding go to Randall Brothers – not Home Depot or Lowes. If they don’t have exactly what you’re looking for they can custom mill it. All of this in the heart of Atlanta. I love it.

So without further ado, here’s what it looked like before… just your standard plaster ceiling.

Before Hallway Ceiling

The v-groove paneling we bought is tounge and groove style paneling, so you start with one piece and work your way across the surface. Just keep a rubber mallet handy to knock in each board as you go. And of course a nailgun makes the job go faster. If you have a light or smoke detector you’ll have to get creative with your holes.

Steffi Nailing

My kind of woman. She’s not afraid to use the nailgun!

And here’s what it looked like when we finished the paneling.

Wood V-Groove Panel Ceiling

Next up, some basic crown moulding around the edges. Back to Randall Brothers for our favorite cove moulding. It’s simple moulding, and it was original to the house in various places.

We started off with the easy pieces. Butt cuts and miter cuts. No real explanation needed other than always cut with the ceiling side on the bottom of the miter box. Yes, I cut these all by hand with a miter box. Got to stick with the historic handmade process of the house.

Cove Moulding

The next pieces of moulding require a cope joint. This is a much more challenging cut. First you have to miter and then you have to cope. I’m not going to explain the process because this awesome YouTube video (that I watched over and over) does a good job at showing you how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aeAVe3fEtw. I practiced a few times on a scrap piece of moulding until I understood the technique. It’s kind of abstract, but a little bit of practice goes a long ways.

Coping Crown Moulding

Here’s the finished project. It only took us two weekends to complete. (The paint and caulk will come later.)

Wood Panel V-Groover Ceiling

**EDIT: I forgot to add one image. We left a little note under the paneling for any future owners of our home.

A note to future owners

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We Have a Door!

If you’ve been following our blog for a while (and I mean for years) you will remember we have been restoring a beautiful old bungalow door. Well, we can finally cross that off the list! It was installed this past Monday – just in time for the holidays. We absolutely LOVE this door.

Bungalow Door

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2012 Garden Recap

I thought I’d give this new gallery feature a try. Here’s a recap of our gardening this year from spring to fall. Mostly close ups of flowers and vegetables, but there are a few wider shots too. It’s amazing to see how many varieties of plants we’ve got in the ground – and this isn’t even half of them.

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