Quick Post: Lassco in London

I’ll be in London tomorrow where I will take myself on a little adventure and head to Lassco.

Lassco is filled to the brim with salvaged objects and architectural antiques. The company started in the 1970s when residents were literally throwing out original features such as chandeliers, glass door knobs, antique hardware as well as everything else imaginable. A business was born and it’s been a thriving success ever since; it’s the go to place for homeowners, interior designers and architects. Stay tuned to hear about what I see and find…


Interior Architectural Plans at Brick House 319

We met with our draftsman, Ron, to discuss the house plans a multitude of times (I actually have lost count). Additionally, there were many phone calls back and forth. When he initially came out to the house last year, he measured and took photos of the exterior. When the house was gutted, he came back out to measure the interior and take additional photos of each of the three levels, plus the basement.

When all was said and done, the three of us decided collectively that the three upstairs bedrooms and hall bathroom will remain the same. The stairs that used to lead to the attic above the living room will now lead to the new master bedroom. (We will still have an attic over the three existing bedrooms.) Upon entering the house at the front entrance, half of the living room ceiling will be vaulted, (over the fireplace area) and the back half of the open concept living room, will be part of the master bedroom–so this will remain an 8ft ceiling in the living room (half vaulted/half 8ft). If you can envision a balcony at the top of the attic stairs, we will walk across it (which will be over the original small kitchen) and it will lead back to the master bedroom situated over the new 18×18 kitchen addition. It will be a spacious bedroom with a large bathroom and a walk-in closet. As I mentioned, the bedroom will expand past the 18×18 addition and over the back part of the living room.


In the above architectural plan, you will see the balcony and the entrance to the master bedroom. To the right is the entrance to the master bath and the second entrance leads into the walk-in closet. One side of the closet will be for me and the other side will be for John. Ron had asked if we wanted two separate closets but we thought one large closet is a better fit for our layout.


The architectural plans for the first floor–and because this is a split level–we also have the lower floor, which is the garage level, and below that is the basement. There is a bonus room (with the two windows next to the garage) and there is a small room next to it which leads out the back door to the sunken walled-in patio.

I’m still deciding on whether or not to make the small room, a mud room where John can create built-in cabinets with a bench. We will primarily be using this door to enter and exit the house so it makes sense that it could and should be a mudroom. However, if it’s used as a mudroom then I have to decide where to have the laundry room? I’m still undecided. I found a mudroom on Houzz with a Dutch door. John can duplicate something similar–I definitely want the Dutch door leading out to the patio.

To take a peek at the mudroom on Houzz, click here. By the way, I peruse Houzz daily for design inspiration. It’s one of my favorite websites with endless possibilities for each design phase. It’s like one big candy store for me.

About the front door: We only want to use the front door for when we have visitors or guests so this door will get limited use. In addition to the patio entrance, we’ll also have the kitchen French doors at the back of the house. I’ll be able to pull my car up along side of the house and unload groceries directly into the kitchen. (Due to some of the comments I have received about the disadvantage of having a Dutch door for the front entrance, I have reconsidered and will choose a fiberglass Therma-tru.)

When we renovated our old house in NJ, we installed a Therma-tru with beveled sidelights. Here’s a photo of it below. John painted it black and because the door had a faux grain, when it was painted, from a distance, it actually did look like a wood door. It was a great door with a nice seal and we never had to worry that it would rot or warp like a wood door.


When we renovated our old house in 2001 and 2002 (actually it continued into 2003), we spent about $2000 on the door including the beveled glass sidelights. Probably by now, the same door/glass would be $2600 (just a guess on my part). I’m pretty good with pricing and the cost of everything. With our new front door at Brick House 319, it will NOT have sidelights. Personally, I don’t care for them. The reason: People would walk up on our stoop and literally plaster their face on the window and look in. This would blow my mind when people would do this. I didn’t hang window treatments on the sidelights because that would have defeated the purpose of having them to begin with. People could see right into the entire living room. So, I learned my lesson and this time around, no sidelights. By not ordering them, it will also cut down on the cost.

If you look closely at the door, the black paint started to chip off after 12 years. When we decided to sell the house, John repainted the front door black and painted the trim around the sidelights white using Benjamin Moore exterior paint, which looked very pretty due to the contrast. (For some reason I didn’t take a photo of the new paint job.) We should have initially painted it black with white trim all of those years ago and I don’t know why we didn’t.


Here is the inside of the Therma-tru door. The tile at the entrance is the tile I would like for the new kitchen floor at Brick House 319. I wonder if I can find it now? We bought it in 2001.


Take a Look at The Architectural Plans @ Brick House 319

I’ve been meaning to post the final set of architectural plans. Ignore, the vinyl siding since we will have wood siding.


We’ll mostly have double hung windows. However the large window on the right (living room) will more than likely be a casement window. The windows above the front door will be fixed windows– due to the vaulted ceiling upon entering the house. The front porch will be large enough to place a bench on one side. As I have mentioned before, the front door and garage door will be replaced.



This is the back of the new addition which is the kitchen and master bedroom above. The kitchen sink will be under the window to the left of the kitchen French doors overlooking the back yard and future garden.



This is the east side/chimney side with the new addition and shed dormer. The windows in the shed dormer will be in the master bedroom above the kitchen. The window closest to the chimney will be in the master bathroom.



This is the west side of the house. To the left is the walled-in sunken patio with the kitchen box bay window overlooking the sunken patio. The box bay window will be big enough to sit in with a good book and a cup of coffee.


The west side of the house will remain the same with the exception of replacing the roof with new shingles and installing replacement windows. If we could, we would make this side a gambrel roof too but we would burn through our budget and have nothing left over for kitchen cabinets, appliances, fixtures, tile, etc. The bathrooms need to be done as well.

A percentage of the budget is set aside for these purchases. Keep in mind, when we get to the landscaping phase, we’ll purchase flowering shrubs, arborvitae, pavers and rock for the patio wall. The front walkway will have to be done. And furniture, blinds and drapes will have to be purchased.. Budgeting is constantly on my mind and it’s stressful to say the least.

Next post: The plans for the 1st and 2nd floors.

Fun Find: German-made Green Garden Clogs from Gardener’s Supply Co.


What I love most about the green garden clogs is that they’re extremely comfortable. The second best thing is that they’re made in Germany. Of course, in my opinion, almost everything made in Germany is “well-made.” It’s always a nice treat to wear something that isn’t ‘Made in China.’


Jolly by Alsa has been in the business of making garden clogs for over 40 years; the key to their comfort is the anatomically shaped insole which is made of cork and latex. When the clogs get muddy, simply pull the insoles out and wash the clogs with a hose. It will probably take years for me to wear them out and that’s probably the reason why replacement insoles are available ($14.95).


Not only will I wear the ‘Hunter Green’ clogs in my future garden, I’ll definitely wear them on rainy and muddy days. (They look great with jeans.)


The garden clogs are available in 8 colors for women and 5 colors for men.

Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review. I’m selective in choosing  products that I write about and only choose products that I personally would purchase myself.