Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Porch Columns

The weather is cooperating this week with temperatures at or above freezing and no rain or snow so even with a smaller crew there is progress on the porch columns.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

First big snowfall

Pete finally gets to try out the snowblower attachment to the John Deere, he plowed out the driveway at the new house and made dog walking trails through the fields down to the creek, getting in practice time before branching out and helping the neighbors.

A lovely view.

The porch columns are all fabricated and primed, it was just too cold to finish the installation last week. This is what we have to look forward to.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

all in one day's work

Both showers are ready for tile work to begin.

The carpenters moved to the basement today to fabricate the porch posts, outside it was in the 20's and about eight inches of snow on the ground.

First fire in the fireplace, it warmed much of the first and second floor by the end of the day, even without the fan being on. The surround will be granite and the hearth is slate.

Schwalbach Kitchens crew started installation of the cabinets in the kitchen and will do the guest and master bath cabinets next. After the cabinets are in, the template for the countertops will be drawn up, it should be about three weeks until the granite counters arrive.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


The kitchen, looking towards the pantry. The flooring was installed on Thursday. It is beech wood from trees in the eastern part of the upper peninsula; there is a blight killing the beech trees so the trees are being cut before they die. Monday this area of the flooring will be sanded and a first coat of finish applied before the kitchen cabinets and the island are installed.

No more concerns about the basement being dark or uninviting. This is late afternoon with light coming in through three high windows. With the radiant heating in the floor and plenty of daylight as well as good lighting for the evening it promises to be a pleasant space.

Coming up this week: a test run on the fireplace, tile installation in the bathrooms and mudroom floor, wood flooring for the remainder of the first and second floors, kitchen cabinets installed, and if the exterior trim and siding get finished work can start on interior trim and bookshelves. Lots to look forward to.

Friday, November 14, 2008


Getting the siding up is almost done, only the areas under the porch roofs are left and will be done by Monday if weather permits. We have had some snow this weekend and snow showers are in the forecast for the next several days.

The back side of the house, the door leads to the garage and Pete's workshop.

A view of the guest room porch on th left and the south facing screen porch on the right. I hope to see the posts on the porch all trimmed out by the end of next week.

This is what I call the front of the house, it faces south and looks down over the long front yard towards the slope down to the creek, Pete insists it is the back of the house.