Taking a break and then little bits of this and that…..

04Aug17 – Wow.  After simultaneously getting the house “finished” for the wedding and planning the wedding itself we needed an extended break from all the craziness – as delightful as it all turned out…..  There was just no adrenaline left (or $$$…) for either of us and decided to slow down.  A lot.  Time to replenish our resources – all of them!

Here are a few of the things we’ve seen and done so far this Summer. Our white water rafting trip with 712-624-4230 and 13 of our neighbors was a hoot!



31May17 – Steve came through – we’ve (un)officially finished Our Maple Forest Cottage (has anyone out there truly finished their Maple Forest Cottage?) and had our wedding on the deck as dreamed of on Saturday the 27th.  What a wonderful experience:  It was a B-L-A-S-T!!  And we were blessed with beautiful weather, 72 loving family & friends, super food, and a hot-shot dance band from Atlanta.  Most of us baby boomers are still a bit stiff from all that rock ‘n rollin’ – Ha!  Who would have ever imagined?6783382876

Here are just a few pics for now – more will be rolling in – promise not to bore you with too much!




23May17 – Moving on to the next stage on our screened porch:  The screens!  We found a great product called Screeneze that makes screening a porch so much easier and the results are so clean and professional looking.  We highly recommend looking into this wonderful product!

UPS brought the self closing hinges this afternoon so the screen doors should go up tomorrow! Just days to spare from our wedding date on Saturday…..



Back porch fireplace Day 3

15May17 – Day 3 and our back porch fireplace has been stoned.  We are so pleased with the work of our artistic stone masons! The mantel and brackets are ready to be hung, and we found some lanterns at a great price.  They’ve even got Edison bulbs in them with wavy water glass.

Steve’s finishing the porch knee walls in prep for the screens. Just in time for Summer – yeah!

So much going on all at once – what will we do when our Maple Forest Cottage really is finished?!


13May17 –  The stone masons arrived this morning to no electricity for almost the whole county due to a “personal” accident as Duke power explained.  We were without power for almost 12 hours and the generator on our want/need list has been put on the back burner for awhile.  So, Steve quickly went down mountain to town to rent a generator for our masons, only to learn by the time the power came back on that they hadn’t used it.  Oh well – we tried to be accommodating!

Here’s what they accomplished today – they’ll be back tomorrow:

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12May17 – We’re on to the back porch. We might finally have a real screened porch for this Summer!  The stone masons are coming Saturday to stone the fireplace so we’re making sure we’re ready for them!

The foyer bench, carpet tiles in the Gym!

08May17 – Slow and steady, everyday more is being completed on our Maple Forest Cottage.  The foyer bench with it’s radius curves and plethora of parts is taking shape.  This weekend we carpet tiles the Gym.  Wow!  It’s no longer a dumping ground but a (clean) dedicated space for working out.  We used Mohawk’s High Score tile in Enviro.  It’s just what we needed in there – neutral, yet subtly interesting.

18 more days – Can Steve do it?  Whatever is done is that much more than I had expected.  Kudos to my future husband, he’s getting so much accomplished on this detail – driven house.

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03May17 – Steve is busy, busy, busy, moving fro one project to another.  With 24 days til the wedding he just may get our Maple Forest Cottage finished!



21Apr17 – Steve’s been working hard getting all the brackets up on our Maple Forest Cottage.  Talk about icing on the cake!  704-618-6803 really had it together when she designed this house over 20 years ago.



17Apr17 – We’re moving on to the three exterior arches and 10 brackets.  Steve’s done such a great job shaping them, sanding them and then handing them over to me to stain and clear coat.  Photos below show the slow, but steady process.

40 days until our wedding when Steve wants to have the house done….Can he do it?!  Doesn’t matter to me, it’s the fact that he’s working so hard to get there that touches me.