Please, do come in. We’re getting so much accomplished with the help of family, friends, and our contractors. The house has sound sills now – part of our home sits on 250 year old barn beams, preserved from a demolition nearby. The joists are being repaired where needed, and new subfloors being laid. The large barn doors at the end of our carriage house will be removed soon so that wall can be framed in, and prepared for two large windows. Later, those walls will be finished to create our schoolroom. The inside wall of the carriage house is about half-way demolished. That area will be opened up and made into a large mudroom, storage, and staircase to the second floor (which will be made into our office and sewing room).
We expect the plumber to come this week to begin getting our bathrooms and kitchen ready. That is a very exciting step forward! But that means that our clawfoot tubs must all go to be re-enameled, toilets and sinks ordered, and shower stalls designed. Brian and I are going to have a go at constructing the showers ourselves – a project we are both looking forward to tackling. The most difficult part is making final choices about tiles, fixtures, and layouts.
Here are some more shots of original details in the house. Most will be preserved. We have been able to find exact reproductions of everything that can’t be preserved – right down to the door hardware and light switches.
The house is changing so quickly now. I’m so glad that we have recorded what came before. Perhaps we’ll make a scrapbook for future generations to enjoy. And we’re looking forward to documenting the changes as they come along.
Our oldest daughter Cat was wondering aloud about what the house would be thinking and feeling if it *could* think and feel. I wonder, too…