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The Ice House Reno ~ Part I

A lot is happening at The House on High Street. Well, more like, outside of the house. Scott and I have officially begun work in transforming our two acres of land.

This outdoor reno project will require more than one season of work. We are (or, soon will be) renovating three dilapitated structures (the Carriage House, the Ice House, and a more-modern-yet-awfully-dated shed), evening-out lopsided hills, replacing dying trees with new ones, removing an over-grown garden, a few patches of cement, a beat-up driveway, and crab grass…and replacing with new asphalt driveway and a well-manicured lawn.

Recently, the exterior of the Ice House has been restored and updated. Now that the nice weather has arrived, Scott and I are looking forward to hosting some outdoor gatherings. The Ice House (and future patio around it) will definitely be the center of attention. It is here where guests will get a taste of Scott’s delicious cheeseburgers and Rachel Maria’s specialty beverages. And, if it gets too hot, we can hang out inside the Ice House, where it stays nice and cool, and play a game of darts or foosball.

The Ice House Reno – Part I

Ice House & Out House ~ Before
Ice House & Out House ~ Before. I think it had a photogenic quality, even at this stage.
Ice House ~ Before, with ugly add-on-I'm-not-even-really-sure-what!?
Ice House ~ Before with Ugly-add-on-I’m-not-even-really-sure-for-what!?
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The ugly add-on-addition was removed. With Scott’s Prius!

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It started to look better after the ugly addition was removed!
This shows the back of the Ice House; before the cement was removed.
This shows the back of the Ice House; before the cement was removed.

A "before shot" of the original Ice House.  It was mostly covered with a thick layer of cement.

This photo was taken in September 2014; after the cement was removed to expose the beautiful (and original) stone work.
This photo was taken in September 2014; after the cement was removed to expose the beautiful (and original) stone work.
This shows the inside of the Ice House. We had brick put down to create a more functional, yet still rustic-looking, floor.
This shows the inside of the Ice House. We had brick put down to create a more functional, yet still rustic-looking, floor.
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Completed brick floor; inside the Ice House.

The photos above show all that was finished, by the time we moved in the house (December 2014). We started more work in March 2015. The main roof needed to be replaced.

Here is the Ice House before the old roof would be removed and replaced.
Here is the Ice House before the old roof would be removed and replaced.
The original roof had seen better days.
The original roof had seen better days.
It didn't take long for the original roof to come down.
It didn’t take long for the original roof to come down.
Here, the new roof is framed out.
Here, the new roof is framed out. This was the point in which the Ice House started to look really cool.
Next, comes the actual roofing material.
Next, came the actual roofing material.
Now we have an exterior roof to grill and enjoy frozen cocktails!
Here is what we have, today. Still needs some touch-ups, but I can just taste one of Scott’s delicious and juicy cheeseburgers already!

Once we realized how good the Ice House looked from the outside, we decided to remove the original outhouse. I know. It’s a little sad. (Oh, I’m the only one sad?! LOL)

Here you can see the outhouse being removed. You can also see how part of the roof is glass to allow for sun on the inside.
Here you can see the outhouse being removed. You can also see how part of the roof on the Ice House is clear to allow for some natural light on the inside.
Eventually, we will add a large L-shaped patio to create a full outdoor living space. The inside of the Ice House will be a surprise!
Eventually, we will add a large L-shaped patio to create a full outdoor living space. The inside of the Ice House will be a surprise!

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