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The Apartment, Today

July 19, 2013

My mom had an unexpected, quick but very welcome visit to the BAB recently. The last time she was in town, we were still living at Mary’s house and just starting construction. We realized, while showing her around, that we haven’t posted many overall photos of what the place looks like now that we are settled in, have hung our old and more recently acquired artwork and have made the apartment our home.

Entry, library and doors to the laundry

Entry, library and doors to the laundry

We also realized how many updates to the blog are needed. There has been a lot going on with the roof project. I’ve been suggesting that Tom start a few posts on the roof and tuck pointing process but he hasn’t had/made the time. Stay tuned for what I expect will be an epic post about old roofing, ponding water, parapet construction and sand blasting. And how awful it is to work on a black tar roof in the summer in St. Louis. I have several posts I need to write including showing more of the Jacoby watercolors we found and how much I hate insurance but appreciated our helpful, creative insurance brokers.

The kitchen

The kitchen

The apartment is very comfortable. We have a few more adjustments that we are planning. The green couch and arm chair are in need of replacement and the rug is heading to the dumpster soon. We decided to wait until Lily has passed through her ‘Destructo’ phase. We have replaced all the wicker dog toy baskets with stainless steel bowls. She likes to chew up many things but she has a particular taste for plastic. That has included some markers which are now permanently coloring the rug. Fortunately, it appears she has move on to other diversions. Her favorite thing to do is to tear around the BAB. We call that her ‘Go, Lily, Go!’ game. Lucy occasions joins her, but she is content to stay in the much more temperate apartment.

This is where Lucy and Lily spend most of there day- on the loft looking out the window and 'commenting' on the passers by, particularly other dogs and motorcycles.

This is a view from below of where Lucy and Lily spend most of the day- on the loft looking out the window. Lucy has taught Lily to ‘comment’ on the passers by, particularly other dogs and motorcycles.

Unfortunately, we discovered that loft living has a few drawbacks. One is that guest accommodations are minimal. Mom had to sleep on the couch. She was wakened in the middle of the night by Lily’s nose inches from her face. When one of us has to get up early or the other wants to sleep in, we have to limit activities, use of the kitchen and tiptoe around. Sound carries in an open concrete box.

Our bedroom

Our bedroom

Still, even though there are a few details that need to be resolved in the apartment, it was such a good decision to start with a small, contained living space that is an oasis in our crazy project.

Our home

Our home

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Maurine Pruchnicki permalink
    July 22, 2013 6:27 pm

    No need to worry about mom”s sleeping arrangements, the alternative of sleeping all night in the airport terminal was much worse. I was thrilled that Lily felt comfortable enough to come and sniff my hair and very happy that Lucy didn’t decide to join me on the couch–there was room for only one. I agree with everyone, it is beautiful. I was especially interested to have the before and almost after tour. You truly have worked hard, but truly have worked miracles. I can’t wait to see what you do with the next floor. Thanks again for rescuing me. Love, Mom

    • Sue permalink*
      July 24, 2013 5:38 pm

      Thanks Mom! And thanks to Southwest for arranging our slumber party!

  2. Don Occhi permalink
    July 22, 2013 12:37 pm

    All i can say is that it looks great,and you guys did one hell of a job! You can also buy an EZ Bed, it is a queen size, from FRONTGATE.Check it out.

    • Sue permalink*
      July 22, 2013 3:13 pm

      Thanks Don- we’ll definitely look into that!

  3. rick peterson permalink
    July 20, 2013 4:05 pm

    OOPS, sorry forgot the most important comment: looks GREAT !!!

  4. rick peterson permalink
    July 20, 2013 4:04 pm

    an air mattress and a sleeping bag are good, plus they fold/roll up in a storage box for storage. People with bad back’s won’t like them ( me included ) but some might.

    • Sue permalink*
      July 20, 2013 4:24 pm

      We tried one, well, Jim and Darcy tried one, which partially deflated during the night. Very cozy if you’re into sleeping in a taco shell.

  5. Susan permalink
    July 20, 2013 9:59 am

    It’s beautiful, and I’m sure Mom enjoyed seeing you and your new space in person 🙂

    • Sue permalink*
      July 20, 2013 1:14 pm

      It was such fun- we stayed up way too late and it was such a short trip. We are trying to come up with better guest accommodations for future visitors.

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