Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just been finished and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights.

We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a 1946 farm house in an otherwise Victorian historic district where we want to live the rest of our lives. We were married in this house.

Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes.

Since 2011 (covered by the blog) we hired an architect and a contractor  to add 2 additions to the house: a one-story conservatory with attached full bathroom and a two-story kitchen (first floor) and master bathroom/closet (second floor).

Next chapter:  finishing the interior bare rooms — conservatory, two bathrooms, master closet — and giving some curb appeal — painting and landscaping.

This latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here for 17 years and feeling a need to ready the house for the next 17 and beyond.

21 responses to “About

  1. The house looked such a mess – fantastic job cleaning up! The house looks quite nice when clean.
    Must be an inspiration to have architect coming now.
    Keep up the good work Charlie and Jo!

  2. You have a great blog Charlie/Jo !!! It has such a welcoming & homey feel to it!!!! I am excited on following your adventures & renovations!!! :) **

  3. Hi there,
    I accidentally came across your blog while searching for ideas for a bamboo trellis. It is very enjoyable reading and I’m adding it to my favorite blog list. Good luck!
    North Carolina

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  5. Love the garden area, very organized and full of personality from the two…..looking forward to hearing more about the adventure of a lifetime….House renovas…and garden….”watching from the ‘ Crows Nest’

  6. Mrs. Rose Billingsley Rouner

    My husband and I have a rubbing of the same midievel knight that you have. I believe it originally belonged to his grandfather, and we don’t know it’s origins. Do you have any information about yours? I would really appreciate it.

  7. Great blog! Looking forward to reading it. I’m a musician, and am just beginning the same process as you….what is our problem!?! ;) I just clicked to follow your blog; check mine out at
    I’m still getting the hang of WordPress, but hopefully, it will look better soon. Yours looks great!
    Hang in there! — Matt

  8. Love your blog! I wish we had a little more patience, we’re trying to complete most of our big projects within the year!!

  9. What a great blog. We’re working on our home also. Wish it was a late 1890’s home, but sadly we’re talkin’ late 1990’s. We look forward to seeing what you do with your place.

  10. This is a fabulous blog… can’t wait to read more!
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I couldn’t find an email address for you anywhere, so I’m replying here.

  11. You are putting a huge amount of effort into this blog. It is a great read… Love the ideas and graphics. Ian @oursouthwesthome.com

  12. Hi, I’m building my house also, and I came across your blogg! I love the green bottel lights, How do I go about finding these for my kitchen island?

  13. Thank you for liking my latest blog entry. I look forward to reading your blog as I have a passion for construction & design. 😄

  14. Thanks for the like on my 1st blog post, yay! Love your blog and will follow, as we live in a 64 year old cabin in need of much TLC and your enthusiasm will be great motivation.

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your bamboo trellis, and certainly can relate to your passion for your old house. Julie

  16. Came here looking for a way to email you but didn’t find one. I’ve missed you over at the Cape of Dreams. I hope I haven’t done anything to upset you.

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