More cabinet tops, more trim work….

26April16 – Steve’s been working on applying still more trim to our Maple Forest Cottage.  Each piece adds more charm to this wonderful home design!

I’ve been mulching the landscaping the past couple of weeks – up to 12 cubic yards!  I do 2 yards at a time and come in the house pretty darn exhausted.  Last two yards should be finished on Thursday.  Phew!

Our Stickley table is going to be delivered in about 3 weeks.  The fabric for the chairs is back ordered so we’ll have to wait until June sometime before we see those – what’s 6-8 weeks in the life of constructing this house?!

Working on desk tops, unpacking, an early Spring on the Mountain, and did I say unpacking?

04Apr16 – We’ve been spending the last couple of weeks continuing to unpack from boxes packed 4 years ago!  What a surprise when we open the wrapping and discover a lost treasure or a “What-the-heck-were-we-thinking-of-packing-this-for-a-1000-mile-trip-to-the- mountains?”
We’ll be downsizing some more…but some things will be hard to part with.  I mean, a solid wood statue of a pelican (named PlumBob) doesn’t really work in WNC, nor does my mermaid collection, although for those who know her, Muriel will find a place in my Zen room!

Steve’s been tackling the various cabinet cherry tops, most excitedly the cherry desk that is part of the kitchen island!  More and more our Maple Forest Cottage is coming to be!!

Entry Porch Posts are Wrapped, and our Visit to Stickley-Audi in Charlotte

19Mar16 –  What a fun day we had today.  Took a day off from house responsibilities (Yeah!!) and took a road trip to Charlotte’s Stickley-Audi Furniture extravaganza, ah, Showroom.  We’ve dreamed of a Stickley dining room set since we started Our Maple Forest Cottage.

A brief background: I began googling cherry Stickley Dining Sets earlier this week for fun.  That’s equivalent to a “Steve, Have-I-got-a-great-idea!!”  We had originally decided we wanted the Harvey Ellis table – simple lines/classic.  Then I found the Glasgow table with the Lattice chairs on Ebay and instantly fell in love.  I didn’t even bother to tell Steve, since now’s not really the time to be thinking about purchasing a quality dining set.  But I ended up showing him a photo the next day (I’m not much of a hold-out) and he really liked the set.  By the third day he asked about what I was going to do about the table.  Ok, I’m going to go for it I thought and promptly got to Ebay’s “Stickley wild black cherry dining tables” page.

It.  was.  gone.  There must be some mistake!  Steve searched the sold section and the dining set had been sold just 12 hours before.  O. M. G.   I was crest fallen.  Heart broken.  Forlorn.  Shattered.  Distressed.  How else can I express how pissed off (‘scuz) I was at myself for letting that set go right before my very eyes?

So, I said to myself, “Self?  How can we get creative about this and get a Glasgow set into my dining room?”  It’s amazing what one will do when the scarcity principle is staring at you right in the face….

1.  I called the Ebay vendor and asked them that if the sale didn’t go through I was here to purchase the set right on the spot.  He was very agreeable.

2.  I called Stickley-Audi in Charlotte to ask what a new set would cost.  I didn’t get a good answer.  The table was discontinued just 2 months ago.  Ok.  Think, Jane.  Think.  I asked Jim, the kind interior designer, if there was one anywhere that he could find.  He said he would look around and get back to me.  he sounded sincere.

He was.  A day later, Thursday, he called and said there is one ( yes, one, 1, uno) Glasgow table left in all of StickleyWorld – the very last one made in their Upper NY State factory, finished in the original stain that is also discontinued.  He found out they would sell it at a discount/sell-out price, 45% less than the original price!!  So there, Ebay!

Steve’s and my Rim Hike was cancelled yesterday due to inclement weather forecast for today. Ah, road trip!  Let’s go see Jim 2 hours away in Charlotte and strike a deal (and let Steve sit in the Lattice chairs to see if they’re comfortable for his size.)

So here is what Stickley-Audi Charlotte considers their showroom:CharlotteNC28269_img01Oh my, may I be a bit over my head on this one??

You see, the table is 45% off, but the chairs are still available in their current catalogue with current stains.  Hmm. How am I ever going to make this work?

Jim is a wonderful man and salesperson:  He made it work.  There is a great sale going on next weekend and we’re going to do a two tone set (dundee stain already on table, and central valley on the chairs) to mimic the two tone millwork in the dining room (maple & cherry)  all for just a bit more than my Ebay find that actually had stain too dark for our space.  Some times things just work out for the best when we don’t even know it at the time.  Thanks, Jim.Staff_049_JamesContini_smSo much for my “brief background”…….





Getting a C.O. doesn’t mean we’re done!

17Mar16 – Happy Saint Patricks Day!

We’re into Day 10 after getting our C.O. and choosing what to work on instead of having to account to anyone.  That’s a relief!  There’s still plenty to do before we’ll consider Our Maple Forest Cottage “done”.  I’m guessing  it will be as elusive as getting our C.O. was!

Here’s what we’ve been up to……

The C. O. is handed over!!!!

08Mar16 – During our final inspection yesterday we discovered we were missing 3 ground fault receptacles in areas we didn’t realize we needed them, and 1 ground fault breaker that wasn’t working.  So out we rushed to Home Depot and within an hour Steve had them all installed and working with a call in to the inspector for our  2nd final.

Jerry, our county inspector, returned this afternoon with C. O. in hand and after checking the above items, gladly handed the Certificate of Occupancy over to a very happy, relieved, and exhausted Steve.

Steve then promptly headed out for a community maintenance meeting and I walked over to a friend’s for some wine and giddy talk.  Tonight a bunch of us are going in to town to celebrate the long awaited affair.  Whoo Hoo – we are legally in!!

So for those of you in the process of constructing your own Maple Forest Cottage, know that some day you , too, will receive your Certificate of Occupancy and realize that dreams really do come true.

And then you start a new journey of unpacking and making your Maple Forest Cottage your very own.  More coming as we transist into our new lives of less stress and no outside deadlines.  Aaaaaaahhhhhh.

08Mar16 Jerry giving us our C.O.

Getting ready for tomorrow’s…..FINAL INSPECTION!!!!!!!!

06Mar16 – I was beginning to think this day would never come our way:  Steve has finished all the projects needed for our final inspection to get the C.O. for our Maple Forest Cottage  (Just 3 years, 8 months and 20 days later; but who’s counting?!) The inspection is scheduled for tomorrow and we are so excited!

Here are some pics of what we’ve been up to the past couple of weeks in preparation:

Front door knob, hand rails, Loft!: getting ready for C.O.

17Feb16:  Oh my, I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last post.  Things are slowly moving along as we move closer to getting our C.O.  Steve’s darn exhausted after painstakingly working on our Maple Forest Cottage for over 3.5 years.  We’re so close.  If we can just muster enough energy & motivation to get over this last hump…..Meanwhile I’m having a ball playing in my brand new kitchen – I just love it!

Fireplace doors are in!! And Front Door Glass installed the same day!

20Jan16 –  We had a bit of excitement yesterday.  The fireplace doors were installed and look fantastic!  It took a bit of re-fabricating due to the hearth having an area 1/4″ higher than the firebox, so we took the extra off the top of the fireplace opening instead and the blacksmith managed to fix the frame right on site.  Thank God…..

The glass for the front door was also installed, and no scratches this time.  Phew!

We’re really getting down to the nitty gritty.  I’m chomping at the bit wanting to decorate, but we have to get the C.O. first….

Steve is finishing the balusters & hand rails upstairs today.  We’re really pleased with how they look.   C.O. in just a few weeks!  Pics below.

Front door is in!

03Jan15 –  Happy New Year to all!  I can’t believe the holiday season has come & gone already.  My motto this year is “Dream Bigger!”  (Probably referring to selling more real estate to help pay for our dream!)   Give it a try.

Steve has continued to work on the main & lower level stairs – it’s really looking like the books and DVD!!  But the extra exciting thing is the main door is in!!!!!  It looks simply beautiful.  Josh and team at Garner Woodworks outdid themselves.  The installers were all done and just cleaning the window when they found a chip in the glass.  Oh no….  So down the window came & up went the Kerdi-board, our temporary substitute, until a new piece of glass can be delivered.  I was so looking forward to the light shining through the windows, but the door is in and the glass will be here soon.  I’m grateful for that.  Now I just have to get Steve to install the latch & mortise joint so we don’t have to always use the kitchen door to enter the house!

Deck ceiling, main stairs, and Rim Hikes Award Banquet!

18Dec15 – We’ve been busy working on our Maple Forest Cottage like two horses heading for the barn.  We installed enough of the raised deck’s ceiling to pass our Electrical Inspection.  Yeah!

I completed the last of the 11 historical Rim Hikes in one year (!) last Saturday along with my dear friends, Becky & Kevin while Janet & Charlie completed theirs in two.  We received our coveted Patagonia hiking jackets at the Awards Banquet – happy hikers for sure!

The weather has been so warm here in the mountains (up to 70 degrees) that our azaleas are starting to bloom.  Oh, oh….