Witkem House

a Crown Heights house-in-progress

We now have new windows and a new door on the first floor! M&m already hear the difference, and this winter they’ll be much warmer. The growing pile of construction debris in the back will disappear midweek, giving us just enough time to spruce up for the Wee One celebration.

Ground floor progress:
The bathroom is starting to look like a bathroom again! The tiles & carefully selected grout look fantastic!
The floors in the hall and living room have been restored to their original glory, and there’s a cheerful coat of terra cotta peach paint on the living room walls.

Mendel ripped out the Masonite that covered the basement walls & is painting the stone grey.

Tonight we’ll move furniture back into the living room & M&m can start nesting (again)…

Witkem Wee One eta = approximately 6 weeks!

You guys, M&m are having a baby & we’re having a party!!!!!

(well, a BBQ. The Witkem Wee One is scheduled to arrive at the end of the summer!)

Construction on the first floor bathroom is fully underway. Once the walls were torn out the frame of the original back door was revealed. Mendel’s theory is that there was only a half-bath on the ground floor, and that the door was moved to make room for a full bathroom.
Out in the garden most of the plants are thriving (a fungus is causing brown spots on the ivy and slugs have been having a field day with some of the other foliage). The cherry tomatoes are super happy to have a cage to climb, and we even have a volunteer squash that probably snuck in with the herbs.

This weekend Larry and Mendel are making a wee room for the wee one! The closets in the first floor living room are being combined with the smallway (the tiny hall that led to the back of the first floor kitchen). Mendel is also leading “The Great Purge” - he’s cleared out the basement and will be ripping out the masonite walls later today. The first floor bathroom will be gutted shortly and a fresh new interior will be constructed this week!

This weekend Larry and Mendel are making a wee room for the wee one! The closets in the first floor living room are being combined with the smallway (the tiny hall that led to the back of the first floor kitchen). Mendel is also leading “The Great Purge” - he’s cleared out the basement and will be ripping out the masonite walls later today. The first floor bathroom will be gutted shortly and a fresh new interior will be constructed this week!

Mother’s Day at Witkem House was spent gardening in glorious spring weather. We have a bunch of new plants in the front and back, including a Japanese Maple and a hydrangea! The forget-me-nots that I planted as seeds last year are blooming, the ivy is more lush now than it was at the height of last summer, the strawberries are back, and the winter rose is thriving.

Witkem housemate news: Joe has a book deal!!!!! I’m gearing up for a contemporary dance performance the last weekend in May. Austin is now up to 36 episodes of his podcast Broken Legs!

-ky