Monthly Archives: July 2016

VIP – Very Important Porch

Quite possibly the most important room in the house, the porch, is started.  It is 8 x 36′ and spans the entire front of the lake house.  It will be screened.  There will be french doors that open onto the porch, an extension of the living room.  We expect to spend many hours on the porch with family, friends, dogs, sunsets and cocktails!


This is where the french doors will go.


Our old porch was 6′ deep and this one is 8′.  



Dan installing braces


Bella and I get to relax and watch.




Rob & Scott


Houston, We Have Started the Garage!

The original plan was to pour the basement of the house, cap it and then build the garage.  We would build a studio apartment over the garage and Dan and I would move into it sometime between July and Aug.  We would live there until the house was finished.  And you know what they say about the best made plans.

It is the week of June 27 and the garage has just started.  Let’s just say there has been a significant delay with the cement guy.  A few weeks ago we made the decision to abandon the garage idea sna go full out on the house with hopes of miving into the basement of the house by Aug 1.  We are 1 month out and no plumbing, septic or electric.  A lot to accomplish in 30 days.  It can be done but I am preparing myself in case we miss that deadline.

It was pretty good to see a little work started on the garage this week.


6.27.16 24 x 24′ garage


There will be a small covered walkway between the garage and mudroom – the crew got that started too.


Down in the basement they were able to rough out a small utility room for the plumber and electrician. Dan milled the birch support beam.


When the crew goes home we clean up the site and work on some project, usually landscaping. Here Dan is prepping for seed.



June 30. Side yard is seeded, mulched and watered. The crew will have to work and travel over this area but if a little grass takes, it will help with soil erosion.

I consider us very lucky to have a garage.  It is going to be so helpful.  Dan and I will do a lot of the work on the garage once the frame and roof are up.  We will put on the siding and anything else we are capable of.  This will let the crew focus on the house.

Our First Night

On Friday, June 24, Dan and I spent our 1st night in our new home.  It felt good.  No, GREAT!  It was a short camp-over but successful.


That’s me – applying another coat of sunscreen!


My cot is set up and ready to go.  Dan searched around and could only find this “Barbie” raft for his bed.


Dan’s outdoor rinse station – washing up for supper (ham sandwiches.)


Bella claimed my bed as soon as I had it made.


We enjoyed an exciting evening of cards and visited our neighbor’s campfire for a little while.

We found a blow up mattress that one of the kids had covered in duct tape.  Dan didn’t have much confidence in it.  It stayed inflated for about 3 or 4 hours and then I could hear him bumping around on the ground.

At 5 am we got up, left all our bedding behind, jumped into the car and headed home to our  “house on the hill” and coffee pot.  Later in the weekend we bought a queen size blow up mattress.  Our next sleepover will be luxurious.

The New Old Tub

My niece, Casey, was getting rid of a clawfoot tub so I snagged it.  It needed some work so Miracle Method picked it up, took it to their shop and delivered it back to Casey’s house.  They did a fantastic job and were extremely professional with quotes, delivery and communication.  It is not cheap.  About $800 with delivery.  A lot less than buying one new or refurbished.


My beautiful niece, Casey. With Luke, her 2nd son.


Ben, Casey’s 1st son, was wondering why we were taking thier bathtub!

While we were in a “real” city we did some quick shopping.  My sister, Sue, introduced me to Big Jim’s Home Center in Concord, NH.  It is all the stuff you need to build or DIY your home at very reasonable prices.  A lot of the items are used and many are new.  Your choice.  Whenever possible, I prefer used because I think recycling is better for the environment.  We consume too much!

While we were there, we met Don.  He helped us with some flooring and there is a good chance we may buy all our hardwood flooring from him.  Look for the details in a future post.  Here the sample we grabbed.  Maple 3/4″, pre-finished.


A little hard to see – it is hard to focus on a slab of maple when there is a photo of such a good looking guy!!


Dan tied her down and she traveled nicely to her new home in VT.


Back in VT we drive around with the tub a bit, trying to find the right time to ask for help getting it in the house.


Marley stopped by with Evan and Shannon (and Finn the black lab) so we asked for help. The tub was easy to move into the house with the 5 of us.


They cooled off in the lake – Thanks Shannon, Evan and Marley!

Here is my inspiration for the tub and our master bath.  I am not trying to recreate this bathroom but I would like the tub and how the exterior is finished kind of rustic.  I also like the large rectangle window.


My sister, Sue, says she will help me paint the exterior. She has been doing some research. I know it will come out great as she is a very good painter.