Interior Trim

Bruce and Susie and Tim have started my interior trim. First they had to finish the cherry floor, though.

I know they're professional skilled craftsmen/women and all, but... how they do that?
I know they're professional skilled craftsmen/women and all, but... how they do that?

Anyway onto the trim. I’m told the trim is what’s going to pull everything together — the walls and the floors and the windows. It’s the finishing touch. And you just have to appreciate the lengths the MFT Inc. crews go to to make sure the trim is just right. There’s a reason they call him the best builder in the state!

upstairs hallway
upstairs hallway
Baseboard: See what I mean about the attention to detail?
Baseboard: See what I mean about the attention to detail?
Tim's idea. He made some cherry trim and used the leftover floorboards.
Tim's idea: He made some cherry trim and used the leftover floorboards. Pretty nice, eh?

Everytime I go out to the job, I think to myself how lucky I am to have so many creative and talented people working on my house. Not only that, but they’re all pretty great people too!!

I've always wanted a stream…

We had one when Leah and I were young, but it only happened when the spring overflowed after a heavy rainstorm.  We had to share it with the cows, too. They usually drank it all, stomped in it and ruined it. Well, thanks to Pete Spaulding of Spaulding Landscaping at Home View Farm and his amazing crew, I have my very own stream that I don’t even have to share with the cows.

a view from above
a view from above

It’s actually a dry stream bed or “dry crick bed” as we call ’em in WV. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it helps carry excess water away from the house when it rains. They hand picked the stones along the edges from a big ol’ pile of rocks Zach pulled out of my foundation hole. Then they very thoughtfully placed each rock and even shaped some of them to make them fit just right to look natural. I’d say they did a pretty amazing job.

It runs along the back of my house
It runs along the back of the house
It runs along the back of my house, as if it was left there by mother nature.
and has a little natural bridge to get from one side to the other.

The best part is that I now have a wonderful feature in my yard created by talented craftesmen and craftswomen that I can build on with plantings, etc for years to come.

detail
detail

P.S. Did I mention the waterfall?

The dry waterfall that leads to the dry stream bed
The dry waterfall that feeds into the dry stream bed

Yeah, they made a a waterfall too.  Again they used stone that came from under my house. It will be a perfect frame for the view of the fields. I can’t wait to watch it and help it transform over time.

Another special detail from another skilled artist!

Cherry Floor: Phase Three

The drywall is finished, and Ken Purdham’s crew did an amazing job. Big thanks to them! The rooms look like real rooms now with beautiful solid walls.

In other news the cows have found me, and Frankie is finally using his window:

Moo.
Moo.
"Arf!" -Frankie. "Moo." -Cow.
Just the right height

We also picked up my floor tiles for the hallway and kitchen door entry. I’ll tell you all about how great and helpful (and patient) Julia McDonald at Rock and Tile is when I get to the tile installation phase.

I had to lay a few out to see how they're going to look.
I had to lay a few out to see how they're going to look.

But the biggest news of the week is my living room and kitchen floor. My friends Dustin and Laura Fritz and my dad are the most beautiful people in the whole wide tri-state area. We had a goal of getting all the flooring down in the living/dining room and kitchen. They worked like maniacs all weekend, and we met the goal! And they did it all for a coupla pulled pork sandwiches. I’m still in shock that it’s done, especially since Dad is the only pro of the group. Granted, Dustin and Laura renovated an 1800’s Fire House into an actual house, so they have a bit of experience with working on projects similar to this. But I still consider it a pretty great accomplishment. Thanks three thousand billions guys!!

Dad picking out a board, and Dustin nailing one down.
Dad picking out a board, and Dustin nailing one down.
Fritz Dream Team
The Fritz Dream Team
Laura getting the seams mega-tight
Laura getting the seams mega-tight
the finished living toom
the finished living room
kitchen
kitchen
View from above. Gotta love the variation in the Fruit Hill cherry!
View from above. Gotta love the variation in the Fruit Hill cherry! I couldn't be happier.

And I also want to give a special thanks to Dad for cutting and collecting all of these trees for me.  There wouldn’t even be a floor if he hadn’t found the trees.

Cherry Floor: Phase Two

For reference, this is how my floor started. (I thought I’d posted these photos, but I guess I not.) This is the day Keith came and picked up the logs to take to the sawmill. Phase One:

The pile of logs
The pile of logs
Keith taking the logs away
Keith taking the logs away

For phase two, Keith milled the logs into lumber and dried them in the kiln. Saturday we went to pick up the lumber and transported it to the Hicksville Planing Mill where they’ll make the lumber into floorboards.

We arrive at the sawmill.
We arrive at the sawmill.
Sawmill
Sawmill
Keith opening the kiln.
Keith opening the kiln to reveal my lumber.
My floor in the kiln: Keith told us about the very complicated sequence of temperatures and time that it takes to each species of tree dried just right.
He told us about the very complicated sequence of temperatures and time that it takes to get each species of tree dried just right.
Trailer's all loaded up. Hmm.. that might be a bit too tall and wobbly.
Trailer's all loaded up. Hmm.. that might be a bit too tall and wobbly.
That's better. We'll pick up the other bundle plus the Walnut this week.
That's better. We'll pick up the other bundle plus the Walnut this week.
Cherry Floor: Phase Two
Cherry Floor: Phase Two
We arrive at Hicksville.
We arrive at Hicksville.
Planing Mill
Planing Mill
Saturday's a busy day at Hicksville!
Saturday's a busy day at Hicksville!
Bye Phase Two! See you at Phase Three!
Bye, Phase Two! See you at Phase Three!
Is that a bike?! I hate bikes!!
"Is that a bike?! I hate bikes!!"
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"Get outta here!! I hate you, bike!!"
"Get outta here!! I hate you, bike!!"