Today was a great day! The sun came out and both boys were home so we were off to a fantastic start. We spent the morning in a meeting with a guy who restores old barns. He is a bit of a hipster looking beardy barn addict and he gave us some great pointers and suggestions on how to renovate the barn – a huge project, which we hope to start to tackle sometime in the summer. It was good to talk to someone about the real core of the problem – mainly that its leaning and someone thoughtfully decided to cable the two sides together about 30 years ago (sarcasm, its not helpful at all) also he gave us some ideas on how to refinish it without it looking too new. He was a great resource and definitely someone we shall look to be in contact with in the coming months. The other portion of his business is tearing down barns that no longer are usable and re purposing the wood. We spent a wonderful hour or so squelching through mud in a field full of reclaimed barn bits, and there sat on top of a pile of beams we found our new mantel! We have been really wanting to make the fireplace a feature of the sitting room and this piece is perfect. Even better we know how old it is and where it is from (a 1910 barn structure in Bay City Michigan) So there is a story there too, for you know, when we eventually have people over for dinner.
Feeling very proactive we finished off the morning at the stone masons to design our custom cut limestone hearth which will round out the natural fireplace, all very exciting! It does seem like a lot of effort for a gas fire, but eventually we will put the original wood burning fireplace back in and we want to make sure we do it right the first time…and only once!
We finished the day with a big push at the house, In LJ’s room I finished up the closet and Josh pulled up the floor in preparation for the new carpets on Wednesday. (Lj had a fantastic time throwing the floor out of the window into the yard!) I also got the first coat of paint on in the master bedroom- a job that wasn’t going to happen for a while, but Josh had the baseboards off and the new carpet is coming this week so I thought it would be rude not too! The master bedroom is a project that could have waited, but its actually a minimal fix compared to the rest of the house and we have decided it is probably important to have one finished space which when we move in, we can retreat to whilst the rest of the house is in disarray all around us!
That’s it! This coming week will be crazy busy with trim and floor but by the end of it we should almost have a usable house!!