Monthly Archives: April 2014

We’re insulated! And we passed Inspection!

29Apr14:  Back from an awesome vacation at Orlando (Legoland & Universal Studios) with my Grandson, Tyler.  We played and played until we just couldn’t play any more.  I don’t know who was the more exhausted on the plane ride home…..

On the home front:  We’re insulated!  And passed Inspection today!  What a milestone!  We had 1″ of closed cell foam sprayed on first and then finished with open cell foam.  A great compromise from the cost of completely using closed cell.  I’m finally looking at something beside 2×4’s & 2×6’s!  Allied Insulating did a super job.

Tomorrow our dry wall is scheduled for delivery, but we’re supposed to have a very rainy day so that may be delayed. (Update: 30Apr14 – No rain today, but by the time they were ready for us the radar showed otherwise!  Tomorrow, first thing.)  Delays have just become part of the process at this point.  Anyway, after delivery, Jorge and crew from Gonzalez Drywall will start dry walling our Maple Forest Cottage.  Now this is a dream come true in itself – we’ve waited so long for this step.  This house has excellent bones thanks to Steve.  I’m so proud of all that he’s been able to do.

Photos will be coming soon.  Having some glitches with my computer tonight…..

Wing wall #2 done, and continuing the Driveway/Parking wall

17Apr14 – This has been tax week, dissolving and opening new LLC’s week, and bank business week – lots & lots of paperwork and forms.  Our Maple Forest Cottage was necessarily put on hold for a few days.  We’ve finished wing wall #2 and actually have a partially graded entrance!  Signs of the future before our very eyes!

We are continuing where we left off last year on what I’ll call the driveway/parking retaining wall.  The last of the wall structures as we know it….  It will circle around and come within 8 ft of wing wall #2 and slope down the future walk-way.  Again, we’ll be fine tuning the design as the wall is built.

Looks like inspections will have to wait until early next week.  Then insulation. Then sheet rock late next week or when I return from my  “Isn’t it great to be 10 years old?!” vacation with my grandson, Tyler.  Blog will probably be on hold until I return on the 26th!

Spring is beautiful in the mountains – especially being so high.  We can see the green-ness slowly spreading from the valley up the mountain sides.  The dogwoods are out in full bloom, with rhodies and mountain laurel soon to follow.  Winter has finally said goodbye.  Ah, enjoy each wonderful day……..



Day 3 for Wing Wall #2

11Apr14 – Wing wall #2 is really taking shape.  It will be so nice to see our new front entrance yard area.  I may even grade it by hand so I can start visualizing the landscaping there some day!

I’ve included a photo of the gate I’m wanting.  Thinking about adding a couple of feet of “fence” on either side that can also swing open (in addition to the gate) to allow vehicle access to the back yard.  Will have to soften it up with some landscaping for sure.

Delay on wing wall today – one of the trucks broke down, and the lead stone mason was called away so it was chinking day in the back yard…..

Days 1 & 2 of Wing Wall #2

09Apr14 – We were rained out on Monday (green is just beginning to show on the mountains!).  Tuesday & Wednesday Nick & his crew were hard at work on our second wing wall.  We altered this wall from our plans as well, allowing more landscaping room at the entrance.

When the next wall (driveway/parking wall) is finished, I have plans to put in a country gate and grass steps to access the terrace (lower) level to add some charm to the landscape.  I have a great photo from May 2014’s Southern Living that is my dream gate, but we’ll have to adjust according to our topography.  Steve wants the entrance wide enough to accommodate a vehicle so we have access to the back yard.  I reluctantly agree, so I’ll be getting creative to make the “look” as similar as possible!

Day 5 of first wing wall

04Apr14 – The first wing wall is done except for some chinking (filling in cracks with small stones).  We chose to have the wall “step down” the grade instead of capping it – we really like the results!

I missed a great Photo Op & Day 4 of the wing wall

03Apr14 – It’s a 400 lb cast iron tub for Bdrm #2’s bath.  It took all 5 guys on site today to move it into place.   And I missed it!!  Oh man……  I heard from an apologetic Steve that it was quite the ordeal.  It fits into a very specific space and it wasn’t easy getting it there.  The end result photos proves it was done and it looks — just like any tub in a bathroom – oh well. (The material half way up the wall is insulating foam we had put in months ago before the tub was placed)  So sorry I didn’t get to witness the event!

The wing wall is almost done – they are finishing up by putting caps on the “stair ends”.  Then on to Wing wall #2!  I love it when a lot is happening.


Day 3 on the first wing wall

02Apr14 – What a stream of great weather!  Almost Summer with 81 degrees today – out came the short sleeve T-shirts!

Work is continuing on the wing wall by the screened porch.  I play “Gopher” when we run out of something unexpectedly, or the delivery truck from Henson’s won’t be here until afternoon.  Today I got to go into Black Mountain in the am (only found 5/8″ re-bar – didn’t work) and out to Asheville in the afternoon to locate some 10′ #4 1/2″ re-bar.  We are drilling into various stones in the wall and inserting re-bar because the slope of the mountain is so steep – want the dry-stack retaining wall to do just that – retain the mountain!

We’re really pleased, as expected, with how the stone wall is coming out.  Nick & crew are true artists!

The Dynamic Do-Over Duo & Things are Happening!

31March14 – What a beautiful Spring day today – Sunny, and 70 degrees.  Warmer weather is finally here.  For awhile….

Nick, our stone mason, and crew were on board today to start our wing walls and to take out the low, but long, retaining wall on our driveway.  Steve & I decided it was just too much stone entering the property.  So, out it all came and will be used to help build the wings walls on the terrace level of our Maple Forest Cottage. We were able to get a load of soil delivered this afternoon and the guys all pitched in and filled in the remaining spaces.  We’ll plant grass & wild flowers on there for now and it will probably be green by May if not before.

Steve’s long-time friend, Ben, is planning on arriving from Savannah tomorrow to help us fine tune the audio-visual components of the house.  This is his love and his profession.  We are delighted he is making the time to come and make sure we have all the right A-V things for our space. 01Apr14:  Update – Ben is unable to make the trip today…..

It’s exciting to have activity on the job site again!