The title of today’s blog is one of Jack’s favorite sayings at a busy time like this… but we couldn’t be happier! I don’t think he was referring to me as the one-legged cat, but I could be wrong!
As I blogged earlier this week, we have had the good fortune of being mostly on schedule and having the scheduled contractors all here (seemingly at once).
As promised, I want to share a series of pictures to SHOW you what is going on. First the outside. All Pro Earthworks did a patient, calculated job of grading, seeding, mulching the yard and building a drain system and dry creek bed. They were a gentlemanly crew and I would recommend them to anyone. Here is a progression of their work.
Before and After
We needed a distinction from the house to the driveway. Out lot is narrow so we didn’t have much room. There are actually tiny box woods planted in the mulch.
Steve had already installed a culvert, but we tied into that culvert from the yard with another drain under the dry creek bed. Each of these rock were hand placed. Then I added a little bridge to cross the bed. The front steps and a short paver sidewalk yet to come.
Once the dumpster is gone, I will show the other side of the house!
Now the inside work:
And a glance at their work! This is the Dining Room. I was mainly taking a photo of the ceiling to see the T & G so the angle is a little weird! But doesn’t it look spectacular!
The hardwood crew got the rhythm of laying the great room and front hallway flooring. Flooring provided by Interiors by Kris at Smith Mountain Lake. Joe, the ever patient hardwoods expert has been helpful all along during this project! Todd, the crew leader, had this crew well organized.
Look how far this shot has come from the May post of the front door newly stained!
PAINTING AND TRIM CARPENTRY
The painter must paint around what has to be installed, like HVAC systems, trim, and tile. Tom, the painter and I have both been painting spots so other work can proceed. Doreen even chipped in this week to paint so a window could be trimmed, so then the tile could be completed for one of the bathrooms!
Here are some shots of the painter and trim carpenter. The trim carpenter is working to install bull nosing (I stained it) and stairs to the theatre room downstairs (I stained the stairs too). Railings are going up and there will be wrought iron balusters. Can’t wait to see how that will look!
Jeff Enslow and his mighty assistant, Jason are installing tile. I love to watch what they bring for lunch. These guys don’t just eat out of a can, they often bring a little crock pot of chili or soup and make a plate of and sandwiches, serving themselves on a nice plate and eating on the porch! Class! And their tile work is classy too! Take a look!
I sure hope you are enjoying following along with our B & B progress! I am so enjoying watching all of the decisions I made about color and décor coming together. But today, I will be gone as Jack keeps on working. I get to go to Raleigh to pick up my grand daughter, Destiny, for the weekend! Yea!