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Danni Sinisi

Freelance Design & Art Direction

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New Life Old Bones: Rebirth of a South Philly Grandma house

24 weeks ago I embarked on a journey, I decided that I wanted to buy a house. As a designer by trade I had big hopes of renovating whatever existing house I chose to make it more efficient, spacially thoughtful, and styalistically my own. I worked with a realitor and searched for a home that was solid in construction but that also had alot of potential. Luckily it didn't take long, and I had found my ideal solution... a 101 year old grandma house in the heart of New Bold in South Philadelphia.

It has been 10 weeks since I closed on the house and have had many workers and friends of mine involved on this project. Ranging in all of the traditional disciplines of Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry, Floor carpentry, HVAC, Cabinetry, Appliance specialists, and Natural stone consultants; these all had to come together in order to complete the initial round of major construction. I will continue to make strides on my own projects once it is in fact liveable but all of these steps had to happen in order to get us to that point.

For this project I am going to create an infographic that expresses the passage of time from when the search began through the end of construction. To source my data I have records of all the emails sent and planning meetings / phone calls that have taken place over the last 6 months which I will be collecting and recording. I will be dividing all of the information into the 8 disciplines I listed above, at the same time distinguishing how much time was spent in precommunication and planning vs. doing. And I will also be loging the division of my efforts as well in order to fully illustrate the process of buying a home and making it your own.

Perhaps I should give you some context... this is where I began:

existing living room

And now we're here:

if you are interested in all of the steps in between I have a progress tumblr you could check out: 

http://newlifeoldbones.tumblr.com/

I'm very excited about this class... for next time I will have a comprehensive log of the data I explained here, as well as a few visual breakdowns of ways this graphic could play out.

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