Invasion of the Body Snatchers?08/22/2018
These plants just sprang up. We liked them, plus there’s an old 4-H ethos that you never, ever kill a plant, so we’ll leave its fate up to the new homeowners. However, when we took a look at the seed pods, we sort of kind of wondered if that was the best idea …
Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, the better movie reference is probably The Thing f
A View with a kitchen06/11/2018
This view looks eastward from the dining area into the kitchen. You can see where everything will go now: the unpainted areas represent where cabinets and appliances will go. And you can now see what the hardwood floors look like, as they've been stained according to the homeowner's request.
52 & 54 Huntington Street in the really before06/07/2018
As we’re starting to get toward the end of the line on 52 Huntington Street, we’ve started preparing to enshrine 52 Huntington Street both here on our web site on its dedicated project page and also there on presentations and reports we’ll make for current and future funders. This is always a fun process as we go through the photos, see how the project progressed, and as
52 Huntington Street Is On The Market!03/08/2018
It's on the market! It's a bit brazen to put it on the market so early, but we've already been getting lots of inquiries about it, we thought we'd try it out early to see how it performs. The MLS listing went live yesterday, and here's the official description we put out on the listing:
New single-family home marries Victorian charm and modern comforts. Designed to match
52 Huntington Street and its neighbors03/07/2018
It's a nice sunny day, and it seemed a good day to show off how 52 Huntington Street fits with its neighbors. The gable matches what we did at 52 Huntington Street, and both match the gable at the rear of 181 Collins Street, which is at the corner of Huntington and Collins Streets. The house at 181 Collins Street has been there since the 19th century (supposedly designed by George K
Volunteers From The Hartford!2/2/2018
We had a small group of volunteers come down from The Hartford today to help us install sheetrock on the first floor at 52 Huntington Street. The group was organized by Andrew Daly, who also serves as the president of NINA's board of directors, and it included Kelechi Ndu and Sarah Needham. They were joined by Chris Young, a former colleague who now works at the Travelers. They hung sheetrock i
Capping the first floor at 52 Huntington Street09/25/2017
Okay, so we don't really call it "capping" the first floor, but it's the same process we undertook with the basement. Here, the first floor walls are in place, and the beams that will support the second floor have been installed. Next step: putting on the actual floor, and then we'll frame the second floor.
Wall Raising at 52 Huntington9/15/2017
With the help of a group of volunteers from The Hartford, we raised the first wall of 52 Huntington Street this morning. For us, this is the equivalent of laying the cornerstone: it indicates that our new home is fully underway!
At the right side of the photos are Valerio Giadone, architect for this project, and Ken Johnson, NINA's executive director.
The Hartford's Day of Caring at 52 Huntington Street09/15/2017
We had a good group from The Hartford today. Led by Andy Daly, who is Assistant General Counsel, Lead Counsel Contracting Center of Excellence and President of NINA's Board of Directors, 16 employees from The Hartford (plus one from Travelers) raised all of the walls on the first floor of the house.
The Hartford's employees volunteer with us year-round, but this volunteer work
Capping the foundation at 52 Huntington09/12/2017
As we get ready for volunteers to help us with the framing for 52 Huntington, we worked today to cap the foundation. This involves the installation of what is effectively the first floor, and it's a process that will be repeated after we frame the first floor, which in its turn is the foundation for the second floor. The volunteers are on their way in three days, and we'll be ready