Monday, May 19, 2014

let's catch up...double gates and a day trip to Quebec

 I am very happy to share possibly my most exciting project I have ever completed....our double gate.
When I started out I really had no concrete design. I knew it would be white, I wanted a curved top and that is all I knew for sure.My goal was to build a pretty, strong but light gate. The desire to build a gate extra bulky to be strong from what I understand is the wrong way to go, lighter the better. And light is not light, trust me these gates were heavy to move.
 I am in LOVE with my gates.....they turned out better than I could have hoped...

 It took a day to build the gates.I chose to use v-groove pine.
 It was so stressful making two gates, they had to be perfectly matched, no pressure.
 On Friday my Mother and one of my brothers and I drove to Quebec to the town my parents are from for my Opa's funeral, you may remember he passed just two days after Christmas at the age of 101. Friday would have been his birthday,so it was very fitting that his remains were laid to rest with his wife on that day. We waited till spring because we all had to come from 5-6 hours away some of use from Ontario and some of us from New Hampshire. We had a great trip, it was nice to spend time together. After you have a family of your own being the originals is rare if you get what I'm saying.
When going through the town I noticed this one house and property, it was incredible....I had to take a better look and get some photos.Here it is.House Porn...
 The home was amazing, so beautifully maintained, the gardens were perfection and all the design details were on point.
 These panels influenced me to push myself when it came to the design of my gates that I was due to create the next day.I am in love with this house.
 All those copper details have me drooling.
 After house stalking we headed to my Mom's childhood home. This is an original photo of the house.From what I understand the house is 160 years old...I may have that wrong but that is what I think I heard.
The current owners have moved the house back off the country road it sits on and have been restoring it for the past 12 years and they are doing a great job.
 When I was growing up the house looked nothing like this, it was wrapped in a brick printed asphalt wrap and had lost most of the details. It is amazing to see how much work has been put into bringing it back, look above the window all those tiny pieces all cut and installed each little piece.Amazing to see.
The current owner was home and my Mom had met her before and she was very lovely and gave us a full tour of the house.
 It has changed a lot, things have been moved around but the foot print is the same for the most part. It was so neat to get to see it now. They have added rooms in the attic spaces. It makes me so happy to see the house full of life and to see children there. I remember the house being very tidy and perfect and rooms that felt untouched as for a long long time my Opa lived there alone so it's nice to see it being really lived in.
Isn't it amazing how this banister has stood the test of time, I remember it as a little girl...

Thanks for coming along with me down memory lane..I think we are all caught up.
I'm off to do some much needed gardening today, what did you do this weekend?

7 comments:

Rachel said...

Your gate is beautiful. You did a wonderful job.

duff said...

You are amazing!!!!

Jake's a Girl said...

So sorry again about your O'Pa.

The gates are A!Mazing! The perfect jewel for your new fence. You did a great job!
What kind of paint did you use?

JaG

Pine Tree Home said...

Truly stunning! Wonderful and amazing.

Chris Kauffman said...

Jag, I primed and then painted with Martha Stewart exterior paint.

Cristina Garay said...

The gate looks awesome, I love your work! Both homes are beautiful, how fun to be able to go back to your childhood home, lots of memories!

Serendipitous Home said...

Hi Chris,
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on our fence.
Your gates are stunning and isn't it funny how we have such similar tastes inside and out! I love the colour of your house too and can't wait to change ours.
We planted emerald cedars around the mailbox at the side of our yard years ago to stop people from posting it with their garbage notices and sadly some of them have black burn marks on them from, you said it, Boobs who let their dogs pee on them so I am a little hesitant as well. We argued quite a bit about the fence colour but now it's done we love it.There is a product out there that deters pets though, can't recall the name that I may try, critter ridder I think!