Monthly Archives: April 2015

Landscaping postponed to next week

29Apr15 – Landscaping was supposed to start Monday, or so Steve & I thought.  Then we learned that the landscaper and we were on different pages.  Good communication can be hard to come by.  Oh well, so now we should be able to start next week, around Wednesday.  What are 7 days compared to the years it’s taking to complete our Maple Forest Cottage?

Steve is continuing to finish trimming out the lower level and I spent the whole day yesterday power sanding (thank God) 7 of the 12 deck posts.  Finished the last coat of stain at 8pm last night.  Wanted to continue today, but rain is forecast, so I need to wait. How I hate to stop in the middle of a project!  Sun is predicted by Friday, so again, what are 2 days in the grand scheme of things?  So many lessons, big and small, in this concept called patience…..

The Main Deck is D-O-N-E and so is my window trim sanding!

24Apr15 – Yesterday was a momentous day:

1. The main deck was finished – what a triumph!  Now we’re rounding the corner to the porch entrance.  I’m ready to get out the Adirondack chairs I purchased two years ago and start using them!

2.  My sanding of the main floor windows and doors is complete – thank the Lord!

3.  After scurrying around like crazy people the past 2 weeks, we found a nice temporary rental for our Carriage House renters. We slowly  began to realize that a June 15th C.O. isn’t on the radar and they (& their 3 animals) were going to be homeless 6 weeks because of our delay.  Now we’re shooting for August 1st.  Oh, please………..

Today, the stone masons have returned to finish up some stonework that needs to be done for the arrival of Fred, our Landscape designer, on Monday.  I will finally be saying good-bye to my “construction-site” of a yard.  It almost feels too good to be true.  I’ll be sure to post lots of pics for this grand accomplishment!

Have a great weekend.   ;- )


Spring on the Mountain and Rim Hike #3

21Apr15 – Spring is really beautiful on the mountain this year.  All this emerging greenery is so uplifting.

After a rainy week, Mark and Lewis are back to finish the main deck.  Can’t believe it’s almost done!

Steve and I are working on finishing up the trim downstairs and clear coating windows/doors on the main floor.  I just finished sanding the last window in the kitchen before the gloss coats go on.  Then one more sanding of the kitchen windows/door, the satin coat and we’re done with windows & doors.  What a relief – that’s a lot of tedious work!  Toward the end of the process even great tunes didn’t relieve the monotony.  But it all looks really good.    ;- )

Our Maple Forest Cottage now has a working Toilet

13Apr15 – Our Maple Forest Cottage now has a working toilet!  This is big news after over 2 years of having to walk/run through the main house, through the garage, up the Carriage house stairs and finally into the only (inside) bathroom around.  Yes, this is definitely big.

Mark worked this weekend on the demi-lune section of the main deck since we’re forecast to have rain for the next 10 consecutive days.  Bummer.  Those April showers…….

Steve is continuing on the trim work and I’m continuing on with the taping and sanding.  I’ve only got the kitchen windows left on my end.  There sure seems to be a lot more windows in this place when you’re eye to eye with them on a daily basis.

More cabinets and Counter Tops are IN!!

06Apr15 – So much has been happening I’ve forgotten to share it with everyone!

We received a couple of our built-ins on Wednesday – our cabinet maker is great, just wish he’d get more done.  Ah, it’s not holding anything up except me moving into some of them!

Thursday was a momentous day – our counter tops were installed!  It was such an exciting day, we had spent so much time finding and fine-tuning what we wanted it was a joy to see the fruits of our labor and the hard work of Mountain Marble & Granite‘s fabricators & installers.  A totally joy filled day.

Steve is sealing and clear coating the maple trim for the basement and main floor – no small task – as well as installing the plumbing fixtures on all the sinks and showers.  I’m sanding windows & taping them for clear coating.  I’ve made it into the living room – no small task, either!

When the weather clears after this week, we should be able to bring back Mark & Lewis to finish up the main deck tiling.  Deck railing order is in que with Welding Unlimited. I’m guessing 4-6 weeks on that.

Lots to do in 10 weeks if we’re to make our June 15th deadline…..