And some more framing.

These photos are from just yesterday, 3/26.

A note about the living room: it appears in several photos, and looks like a big mess.
The future living / great room is where the old work rooms and hay loft were. Some of it remains (the hay loft, in particular), as it has been used as make-shift scaffolding.  It will all get torn out eventually.

So exciting.

More framing.

On 3/3, we paid a visit to check out the progress.
The midlevel bedroom and bathroom had walls, and the floors joists were down on the master level.
Pretty awesome.


So here’s the first batch of updated framing photos, as promised.
On 2/6, Tommy, Mom and Dad met us at the barn to see the progress.

on failed resolutions.

So, my new year’s resolution was to be a better communicator. To take photos and share them right away. To respond to emails upon their receipt. And to treat this blog kindly, as it’s our primary way of chronicling this (monstrous / awesome / terrifying) moment in our lives, and updating (those who care about) our progress.

Resolution failed. (At least for the moment).
Admittedly, we have have been quite terrible.

But life had other plans.
And updating a blog seemed trivial. Unimportant. An insignificant speck on everyone’s radar.
We knew we’d return to it; it would just take a bit of time.
My hope is to now resume that floundering resolution.

Just because we haven’t been typing, that doesn’t mean that progress hasn’t been made.
Finally (finally!), on March 4, we had settlement for our construction loan.
Tom and his crew have been there a couple of days a week making progress, and the whole house is almost entirely framed out, not slowed at all by the fact that Tom just had surgery on his knee. (That man is incredible).
And this morning, the bank was there doing an inspection.
Dare I say it, things seem to be moving.

We have many photos to share, and will do so soon……
(Here’s to resumed resolutions!)

and ps. Happy Birthday, Billy.

Framing spaces.

So we wanted to get these photos up before Tom comes to town and makes more ridiculous progress.  It’s amazing what he can get done on his own, nevermind with helpers who actually know what they’re doing (read: not me and Billy). Anyway, last week, Tom and his crew (Dave and Adam) came and did a whole mess of work; in just a day, they completed the ceiling joists in the downstairs guest rooms, framed out the kitchen, built some temporary stairs, and started on the mid-level guest room.
Pretty amazing.

But please ignore the lousy photo quality: it was dusk when we got there (which means poor lighting), and didn’t we didn’t have our camera (which means cell phone photos only).

We’re relieved to be making some forward progress with construction, as we’re not making forward progress with the loan.  (We’re still waiting on various and sundry organizations to get their collective acts together…… and we’re loosing time, money and patience).

Ah well.  In due time, I suppose.

Small steps forward.

We’re all sick of waiting.

So, in an effort to be productive (and not entirely stagnant as we wait on various organizations to do their job so we can close on our loan), Tom, Marie and Emma came up this past Saturday.

And the five of us put in a work day.

Small steps forward.

First framing.

Needless to say, we’re a little anxious to get started on work.  We couldn’t even begin the application for the construction loan until the farmhouse was sold and out of our names.  So there’s a bit of lag time…… and we’re getting restless.  In the meantime, Billy placed our first lumber order with Tague Lumber (  They were great: had everything in stock, delivered quickly, and came with a forklift so that they could distribute our order to the locations we need it.  Awesome.

Tom (TGWoodruff, LLC) has also been eager to move forward.  So, on Sunday morning, Billy and I got call call that he, and my father, were on their way to us.  We were going to do some preliminary framing!  So exciting.  Since this process has entailed a lot of waiting, it’s nice to see some progress.

We framed out the two first floor bedrooms and a bathroom; they are in the space over the garage.  One we call my parents’ room, so that they have a place to stay when they’re visiting us in PA.  The other is an additional guest room.  Those two rooms share the full bathroom in the hall.
The remaining space over the garage has been dubbed the “pool room,” since Billy acquired a free pool table (thanks, Andy!).

Here are some photos of the finished products from that day!
(Please ignore the trash piles, (as we didn’t have a dumpster yet), and the lousy photo quality.)
How cool is this?!
We’re on our way!