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….

Whoo Hoo! The hearth is in!

12Dec15 –  The good news:  The hearth is in!!  It’s looks marvelous!   It is local stone and as an added bonus has hundreds of mini mica ships throughout  giving it a subtle sparkle in various types of light.

The “doesn’t it figure?” news:  I was on the last of 11 historical Rim Hikes and missed the whole thing….

The other good news:  Steve took pictures!  See below

Main stairway balusters going up!

02Dec15 – Steve started installing the main stairway balusters yesterday!  They look great.  He had to order a piece of lumber for the lower balusters and he’ll have that by tomorrow afternoon.  Can’t wait to see the whole stairway done!

Our couch and love seat are being delivered tomorrow morning.  Stay tuned…

Thank god for Hydrofracking, and our Font Door in person!

30Nov15 – Steve has spent the last couple of weeks spending a lot of time hooking up all the plumbing equipment:  1,000 gal inside potable water cistern, booster pump, etc, etc.  I’ve never seen so many pvc pipes and elbows & T’s, and copper fittings, etc. – especially when they are on the lower level floor and in the way!  ;- )

Rural wells…..  What one never wants to hear is:  no sound of running water….. oh no, not now at the end of construction…..We had to hydrofrack the well last week to the tune of a lot of dollars.  The well started to go dry and wasn’t replenishing itself at all like it was, so we had no choice but to shake it up a bit to bring back some water.  It worked, but not to the extent we were hoping.  Steve has connected our inside 1,000gal potable water cistern & runs the well water through it so it stays fresh.  That is a wonderful reservoir to have!  Ah, life in the country…..

On the good & exciting news front:  We visited our front door today at the woodworkers shop.  Oh my, it’s a beauty.  We’re having Josh of Garner Woodworks go ahead and stain the door since we’re getting into the colder season.  I needed to get a piece of the mahogany wood so I can develop my stain formula to match the door jam that Steve put in eons ago….

So, our C.O. remains elusive, but we move forward a little bit each day.

Adding the final deck lights

16Nov15 – Steve’s been busy getting the balusters ready for the main stairs, and getting the back of the kitchen desk configured, and working on some of the final plumbing, and….

This afternoon he installed the two lights on the demi-lune deck.  Something we’ve been waiting a long time for! (sound familiar?)  The verdigris on the new lights starts bright green then mellows when exposed to the elements.  The first time we received the lights we were horrified and called the distributor.  He assured us the patina would darken – and so it has on every one of them.

We’ve received the marmoleum for the inset in the kitchen floor as is pictured in the original Maple Forest Cottage.  We chose to go with painters palette as the orange/brown in the original home just didn’t work for us!  It coordinates really well with our color scheme.  It’s laying out on the dining room floor after being rolled up for awhile.  It will get installed, ah, sometime.

Installing the Appliances!!!!

07Nov15 – The appliances were installed Thurs & Fri!  OMG the kitchen is finally taking shape!

The appliances were delivered on Thurs afternoon and the installers, Scott & Crew of ADAS out of Myrtle Beach, SC (contracted out because Ferguson’s is so back logged) arrived by 5pm.  They are work horses!  And so pleasant to be around.  They didn’t leave until after 10pm and were back on the job Friday at 7am.  Wow.  We were duly impressed!

51 Drawers installed yesterday!

04Nov15 – Our cabinet maker came through with 51 drawers made of German Beech wood and installed them yesterday.  He did a wonderful job making them.  It is so nice to see drawers in all the cabinet “carcasses”.  He’ll be back with drawer and cupboard faces next.  Still a way to go, but he’s getting closer……

Steve’s been hanging our wall sconces and other lighting as a break in the ho-hum part of getting ready for the C.O. Our appliances are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow!! Now that will be weird – the kitchen will really start looking like a working kitchen by tomorrow afternoon.  What a novel thought.  And I can’t move into the kitchen until we get our C.O. – what a tease!

Young Frankenstein, Asheville Community Theatre

Deck Railings are IN!!! And it’s Halloween…..

31Oct15 –  Happy Halloween!  This is one of my favorite holidays and have always done it in a BIG way, but I’ll I have to sit it out this year because I just don’t have the time or energy to do it justice.  Next year though – Watch Out!


Trick or Treat!


Halloween Candy

This used to be the best part! (“Used to”?)



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This is the c-r-e-e-p-y part…..


So, the big news?  The deck railings are in, in, in!  It took 9 months for “the company” to get it right, but who’s counting?  (me, me, me).  They look just as we had imagined and are a perfect complement to our Maple Forest Cottage.

We almost got our fireplace doors, but they forgot to add the glass to the doors & the doors were too tight to close.  Not good for code,  so back they go for a third re-fabrication.  But I took a couple of pictures to look at longingly while we wait for the finished product..  Did I ever mention that building this house is lesson upon lesson in patience?  I’m ready to graduate!

Steve is continuing to work on the main stairs, as Micah had a big job scheduled previous to us.  It’s taking shape!

It’s been a month now that we are “living” across the mountain in the log cabin.  We literally just sleep and shower there, spending the rest of our time here at the cottage ( and trips into Asheville to get building supplies!)  Looks like it will be another month or so before C.O. so we’ll have to find another home to live in as our friends are returning from Florida before Thanksgiving.  Eeek!  But, not to fear – we have many offers of shared lodging from our wonderful friends on this mountain.  Let’s see, since we moved to the Asheville area 3 1/2 years ago, we’ve lived in 5 places already.  I’m sure that must be a record somewhere!