Category Archives: The Main House Exterior

(Un)Officially finishing Our Maple Forest Cottage in time for our Wedding

31May17 – Steve came through – we’ve (un)officially finished Our Maple Forest Cottage (has anyone out there truly finished their Maple Forest Cottage?) and had our wedding on the deck as dreamed of on Saturday the 27th.  What a wonderful experience:  It was a B-L-A-S-T!!  And we were blessed with beautiful weather, 72 loving family & friends, super food, and a hot-shot dance band from Atlanta.  Most of us baby boomers are still a bit stiff from all that rock ‘n rollin’ – Ha!  Who would have ever imagined?

Here are just a few pics for now – more will be rolling in – promise not to bore you with too much!




23May17 – Moving on to the next stage on our screened porch:  The screens!  We found a great product called Screeneze that makes screening a porch so much easier and the results are so clean and professional looking.  We highly recommend looking into this wonderful product!

UPS brought the self closing hinges this afternoon so the screen doors should go up tomorrow! Just days to spare from our wedding date on Saturday…..



Back porch fireplace Day 3

15May17 – Day 3 and our back porch fireplace has been stoned.  We are so pleased with the work of our artistic stone masons! The mantel and brackets are ready to be hung, and we found some lanterns at a great price.  They’ve even got Edison bulbs in them with wavy water glass.

Steve’s finishing the porch knee walls in prep for the screens. Just in time for Summer – yeah!

So much going on all at once – what will we do when our Maple Forest Cottage really is finished?!

Back porch fireplace getting stoned….

13May17 –  The stone masons arrived this morning to no electricity for almost the whole county due to a “personal” accident as Duke power explained.  We were without power for almost 12 hours and the generator on our want/need list has been put on the back burner for awhile.  So, Steve quickly went down mountain to town to rent a generator for our masons, only to learn by the time the power came back on that they hadn’t used it.  Oh well – we tried to be accommodating!

Here’s what they accomplished today – they’ll be back tomorrow:

Working on the back porch……

12May17 – We’re on to the back porch. We might finally have a real screened porch for this Summer!  The stone masons are coming Saturday to stone the fireplace so we’re making sure we’re ready for them!

Brackets R US

21Apr17 – Steve’s been working hard getting all the brackets up on our Maple Forest Cottage.  Talk about icing on the cake!  Michaela Muhady really had it together when she designed this house over 20 years ago.


Tackling the exterior arches and brackets

17Apr17 – We’re moving on to the three exterior arches and 10 brackets.  Steve’s done such a great job shaping them, sanding them and then handing them over to me to stain and clear coat.  Photos below show the slow, but steady process.

40 days until our wedding when Steve wants to have the house done….Can he do it?!  Doesn’t matter to me, it’s the fact that he’s working so hard to get there that touches me.

Paving the driveway!

19Oct16 – They paved the driveway last week!  WOW – it really adds to the curb appeal of our Maple Forest Cottage.  It is lousy timing financially, but the paving Company (Burnett’s Paving) is doing work on Creston roads (his equipment is already here) and we were able to rally 4 other owners to pave their driveways (yeah!) so he gave us a nice discount.  Most pavers in this area won’t even come up to do just a driveway (too small a job).  So, we bit the bullet.  We are so pleased.  So much smoother to drive on and the dust has become almost non-existent, never mind those little pebbles that were making their way into the house!

The driveway gets graded for paving!

11Oct16 – There is roadwork being done in Creston and we were able to get a good deal on paving our driveway, especially since we rallied 3 other owners to do the same.  The timing isn’t the greatest for us, but it’s hard to get a paving company up here on the mountain for just a driveway job.  It’s one of those not-so-exciting expenditures, but we’re finding it a necessary one….


Constructing again! The back porch….

21Sep16 – Happy Last Day of Summer!  It sure has flown by….We are finally getting below 80 degrees and Fall’s soft dry breeze is here.  Aaaaahhhh.

We’ve begun work on the back porch!  We’re both so excited to see it starting to take shape.  The last work was done exactly a year ago when Micah helped Steve put up the ceiling and shake the inside of the North gable.

My goal is to make this space our “Rustic Cabin in the Woods” and hoping Steve will go along with the vision.  Weather permitting, I think this may become my favorite room in the Maple Forest Cottage; besides the Kitchen, Living room, Library, Master bd/ba, Yoga room, mud room….

you get the idea. 😊