Thursday, January 21, 2016

the waiting . . .

        One of the hardest parts of doing this project is the waiting.  There is not much new to show you at the farm right now.  The plumber has gotten the water lines in and the electricians are wiring the upstairs & master bedroom/bath. Then the inspection will happen. All of this is necessary, but not too exciting to write about.

        In the mean time, we have been meeting with contractors about the hardwood floors, painting the rooms, and getting trees removed where the garage will go.  Here is a picture of where we want to put our garage.  There are power lines going right through the trees we need to remove.   Not something we want to risk taking down ourselves.

       It was while meeting with Randy, our tree guy , that it hit me just how much we have gotten done in a year.  We asked Randy to come out a year ago because we needed some huge trees to come down before we could start moving our house.  He hadn't been out to our house in a year, so when he saw our house this January, I got to see the improvements through his eyes.  It was encouraging as  I thought back to all we had done.

 . . . built and replaced broken barn doors. 

. . . removed three huge trees.  

. . . had our house moved & put back on a brand new basement foundation! 

 . . . new siding, doors, front porch posts, and windows put on most of the house.

 . . . five bedrooms torn apart, insulated, heated, and rewired.

       Our goal for 2015 was to get the outside of the house done.  We didn't quite make it due to the east side of the house needing to be done inside first before we could do the outside, but we made a great start inside.  

       As we stood outside the back door of our farm house with Randy, looking and deciding which trees needed to come down, we all looked to the west as three huge white birds flew by.  We talked about it and realized they were bigger than geese and had to be swans.

       I  wish we had a pond where they could stop and rest a while.  It was a real treat and another reason why we love the country so much.

       Yesterday I read a prayer by Sue Garmon in the book Souvenirs of Solitude by Brennan Manning.   I thought her words, though written about a rainbow were appropriate also for a swan. 

   Father, you must have known
    I was feeling like the day:
    with a tendency to thunderstorms.

    And so you flung
    a rainbow (three swans)
    across the sky
    and whispered
    in my ear,
    "Look at what
     I've made ---
     just for you."

Sunday, January 10, 2016

in the mess of it all

          Hope you and yours had a . . .blessed Christmas and New Year.  Our Goliath storm turned out to be mostly ice, so we were back to normal in a few days. 

       Back on the farm.... the other  bedroom still being worked on that I haven't shown recently is the master bedroom.   Here is a picture of what the master bedroom looked like before.

       This is actually one of the two original living room areas, but we are turning it into our master bedroom.  I am standing in the small room that will become our master bathroom when I took this picture.

      Below is a view of the other living room. The big opening on the right of this picture is where our huge pocket doors are that lead to  the master bedroom.

  You will notice that both rooms have front doors.  We have taken the front door off our bedroom and just left the one off the big wrap around porch to the right of the bay window.

       Here is what the master bedroom looked like a few weeks ago.  Notice the front door is gone.

        You may be wondering why we are tearing out all the walls and eventually the floors  too since they look pretty good in the first pictures above.    The insulation is one reason.  It has shifted down in the walls leaving pockets at the top in between the floors and near the roofline.  Cracks in the walls were another reason.  Most of the house didn't have any damage during the move, but there were a few cracks in the walls, especially in the master bedroom.  And even though we love the hardwood floors on the main floor, these will have to be replaced too because there was no subfloor put in under them. No wonder the house was so cold last year.  

      We got quotes to take the hardwood floors out and re-milled  so we could put them back down, but it was just too expensive.  We were so sad that we couldn't repurpose the floors in the downstairs, but the ones upstairs will be sanded and re-stained.

       In the picture above you can see where Bill has been working on replacing the hardwoods with sub- flooring so we can put new hardwoods down.

       And as the walls were exposed, we got a good look at the hardware that the pocket doors ran on. The railing was made out of wood, not metal and they had lasted over 100 years.  Pretty amazing!

      We had originally thought that we would get new wood pocket doors, but have found it quite difficult to get such large doors without waiting for months to have them custom made, so..... we have decided to sand and repaint them and see if they can last another 100 years!