The parade has finally begun and at long last we have found a few minutes to write about it!

A few months ago we were kindly introduced to Sara, Dave and Carli Costello of Costello Builders. On their first visit to the store they told us how much they loved the flooring in our store, then how much they loved the furniture, the wall coverings, the art and the general look and feel of our entire store. We were overwhelmed with their reaction and comments and had to keep showing them around. Off to the workshop we went.

They met all the guys out there, and were shown where we build all the furniture and we even trusted them with some (but not to many!) of our trade secrets.. Before long, they had seen enough and asked us if we would do a few jobs on their new home, which they were also entering into the 2012 Lancaster Parade of Homes. We jumped at the idea, and just needed to get out to see the space!

After some confusion (the address was so new that none of our GPS’s could find it..), we got to “Fruitville Pike, about 4 miles past Home Depot turn left after Giant ToGo traffic lights. Its the yellow house on the left at the end of Stonehenge Reserve Rd.”. The trip reminded me of Ireland when all the directions are given using pubs as reference marks – “Go down to the lads at O’Sheas Bar, turn left onto a street with the four bookies, Seans takeaway and O’Faherty’s funeral home. Go down there about a half mile and you will see Kitt’s Bar. Take a right turn there and when you pass the blue sheep in the field with two fresian calfs your nearly there…”

The wishlist was drawn up, and the deadline was set. A week later the wishlist doubled, the deadline stayed the same. A few days later, the list got another little extension. Same deadline. Lets get crackin!

So in the end the list looked a little like this:

Throughout House

  • Pine Flooring

Tellus 360 Guest Bedroom:

  • Flooring for the entire first and second floors
  • Queen Bed Set with matching side tables, bathroom vanity and mirror
  • Repurposed Irish Antique Desk
  • Repurposed Irish Antique Chair
  • Full decoration and staging

Carli’s Room

  • Custom Design and Build of a bunkbed with barn ladder and concrete desk
  • Design and build of shelving unit (with secret compartment)


  • Island – Mix of a Concrete and Maple Top, plyboo drawers, with mixed wood doors
  • Mixed Wood Bench (with hidden compartment)
  • Large Slab Dining Table
  • Install of Floor to Ceiling Hemlock Wine Racks

Master Bedroom

  • Replacement of drawer tops

Basement Bar

  • Front and back bar knotty pine wall covering
  • Concrete bar top, shelf and back splash

And then some.

Have a look at some of these photo’s from the build, and keep an eye out for when we post the photo’s of the finished home.. We’re going to pop them up here real soon with the rest of the story..