The idiom “the devil is in the detail” derives from the earlier phrase, “God is in the detail” expressing the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e. details are important (from Wikipedia)
We are finding that the detail is in the International Residential Codebook! We had hoped to share Jack’s plumbing details (over which he is losing sleep) today, but we will wait on the plumbing posting until he checks into a few things. Today, we will look at a few other details.
The first and BIGGEST is the stoning of the fireplace is complete! Stonework this is the messiest, dustiest, lung clogging job ever! It’s the nature of the work, but Scott, Cecillio and Daniello all with New Design Stone Company did a beautiful job.
I can’t take a whole photo of the fireplace and chimney so here is half way up the fireplace
And here is the stonework to the peak on the ceiling.
I have been doing some detail work selecting bathroom tile, getting tile quotes for installation, and getting quotes for trim carpentry. Trim carpentry means putting the trim around all of the windows and doors and installing the wrought iron in the stairs. I have one quote indicating that it will take 30 days and cost $520 per day. Do the math! I am hoping for more quotes on that!! Any advice, please share!
It has been a busy couple of days of friends and family details; which are the best details of all! I had to go to Raleigh last week and see my kids for just one day. On the way back, I stopped in to check out the merchandise at Hillside Consignment shop on Highway 86.
I picked up two perfect items! This wooden sign will look cute in the home theatre room, don’t you think?
And this trunk caught my eye right off. The outside has already been refurbished and the inside needs a bit of work. I felt that the shop gave me a great deal on these!
Over the weekend, we planned to fly to Northern VA and to attend a marriage celebration of a dear friend, Alex. Just before leaving, we had two couples from Cary and North Raleigh stop by to see the house and visit. It was delightful to see Lex and Glenn as well as Denise and John. We wanted to be in the air by 11:30 so we gave them the keys to the golf cart and they even took a little boat ride together after we took off.
The weather was fine on the trip there and throughout the celebration. What a beautiful Christmas tree farm he had in Berryville, VA.
We enjoyed staying with more good friends (Debbi and Brian) but then when it was time to come back, the clouds were not high enough to get over the mountains. We departed from The Winchester, VA airport and took a short (scud-run) 17-minute flight to the Culpepper, VA airport in hopes that the weather would clear. Jack’s friend, Gene, had just completed his Pietenpol (like Jack’s home built airplane) and was eager to do some engine testing and show off his work of art! What he didn’t count on was us spending the night! But he and his wife (Karen) and son, Will, were great hosts and we appreciated their allowing us to stay! His plane is gorgeous! I can’t share complete photos of it here. That’s his job to do once it is airborne! He and Jack will be flying together in 3 weeks to Wisconsin provided he can fly off 40 hours between now and then as an FAA requirement for a new home built craft.
Monday, we still could not fly home so we had to tie down the little (albeit powerful!) RV-4 and rent an Enterprise car to come back. We had (past tense) subcontractors here starting on the porches and finishing fascia and soffit. They were all busy yesterday when we arrived home but, alas, the rain has chased the workers away. Drat! More delays!
Everyone is experiencing the rain it seems so we can’t fuss about a drought or browning grass. Delight in the rain, walk in the rain, let the children play in the rain!
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. ~Ashley Smith