Friday, May 29, 2015

Nick's Notes 5.29.2015--This Old House


This Old House



I've always loved watching shows like "This Old House" and "If Walls Could Talk." Now we are living in one of those century-old homes with an amazing history that I've shared with you in the past. This is the third old home I've lived in. 

My first house I purchased was in Newport News, VA and was built in the 1920's. It was an old stucco duplex with a slate roof. The house was originally built as housing for the Newport News Shipyard. We renovated the house from top to bottom, and had a lot of fun in the process. 

Fast forward to the 1990s when we purchased a 1920 Spanish Revival house in Chicago, IL. Again, a stucco home with a clay barrel tiled roof. What is a Spanish-style house doing in Chicago? It had to do with an architect who went to the World's Fair in California and fell in love with the Spanish style architecture. There were two streets in Park Ridge, IL that had these lovely Spanish Revival
homes. Once again, we spent the time restoring this home with a 20 foot barrel vaulted ceiling and gray slate floors in the living room, and amazing details throughout the home.

Fast forward again to September 2014 when we purchased Abbington Green,
built in 1909 with Richard Sharp Smith as the Architect, one of the Architects from Biltmore Estate. The original charm of this home has been updated with all the modern conveniences you would expect in a AAA 4 Diamond Property. Twenty two years ago is when the major renovations took place to enlarge bedrooms and bathrooms. 

It has been an amazing seven months for us where we have spent time with our staff painting and updating each room and adding special touches to add to the beauty of our home. It starts with a great staff.....next Nick's Notes will actually be about each of the staff members backgrounds and thoughts.

I thought I would share with you some pictures and some of the details of what we have accomplished so far. 

Our biggest project was adding central air and heat into the main house so each guest now has their own temperature control in each of their rooms. Ductwork was added into the basement in order to cool and heat the main floor, and individual Mitsubishi Split Units were added into each guest room.

They are silent, energy efficient (which supports our Green Initiatives), individual controls to cool and heat to the desired temperature, and most importantly it does not block the windows and obstruct the beautiful view and sunlight. 

After the rooms were painted. we added carpet to the main stairs with brass rods and pineapple end caps and two new crystal chandeliers at the top and the bottom of the main staircase.



At the top of the stairs is the art gallery featuring the beautiful works of 8 local artists from the River Arts District. 

Our guests really enjoy the breakfast table place settings each morning. We love to change it up each morning with different chargers, linens, crystal and china.


I can't leave out the beautiful stain glass we've added into the living room. 
Two beautiful stain glass windows and four stain glass lamps warm the
living room during Social Hour.

Last but not least, our beautiful gardens have come alive. Steve with the help of friends and staff have transformed the gardens into a work of art. So many guests have commented and compared the gardens to the gardens at the Biltmore Estate.

"If Walls Could Talk" I believe they would be saying how they love the fact that we brought the house alive with freshness and rejuvenating charm. Guests feel very much at home here, and we love seeing them enjoy themselves at Abbington Green.

All the Best, Nick

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