Saturday, January 7, 2012

My Brother In Law and his Talents

Many of you know from reading my blog that I like to make thinks from something else. Take that old item and make it new. Take that dirty junk and fix it into something that I can use. I love the thought, the design process and the final product. 

Meet Don, my brother in law, he thinks  a lot like I do.   I like to feature my family  on the blog whenever they inspire me. Don is one of my husbands 4 brothers. There are 8 kids in the family and they are all very talented in their own way. Don loves to remake and rethink his environment, he molds it into a new form in many ways. He is very ambitious and along with his lovely wife Julie, they have made a lovely home from what others would call  ruin. Don works harder than anyone I know to make that rag into something like silk. This picture of him is one of my favorites. Don's smile is one that just pulls you into his world.

If you drop in on Don you could find him just like this, he is up to his ears in whatever he is doing to make it right and get the job done. He has scrapped enough old piping in this warehouse in Cleveland to pay for some of the appliances and comforts of home. 

Here is a before and after of one area on the outside of the building. I have placed the before and after on the same door. These pictures will amaze you but in no way does anyone realize how much work went into this. Julie helps Don a lot,  I can see her touches all around.

This is an area just behind the building. They had to close in the perimeter of the yard and this pond fit into one corner perfectly. Most people would have torn down a wall like this. I was hoping they would keep it and they did, it turned out beautiful.

There is a chandelier over the tub in this room I love it. The window is behind the curtain in the after picture. Just a little bit of a different angle but the same great space. This warehouse is huge and it is hard to realize that from the pictures but I have only chosen my favorites from the project.

This is on the first floor of the warehouse and is currently being renovated into an apartment for Don and Julie's son Zach and his new bride Lauren.   

This is the front door of the building. I know this one is hard to believe but see the window at the top of the before picture, you can just see the edge of it. I think that is the same window above the door in the after picture.  Isn't this just unbelievable? Now this is the picture of my previouse description of turning a rag into silk.

Wonderful job Don and Julie


1 comment:

  1. I admire so much anyone with that vision and dedication to turn these run down places into homes of beauty. I love how they are keeping so much that is amazing, like that brick wall.


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