Monthly Archives: March 2016

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: