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Archive for February, 2009

Of course during winter, we don’t do much to our garden areas but spring is just around the corner and with the opening of our inn coming up as well, we will be planting soon. Fortunately, we have some well maintained areas between the suites and main house that we may only tweak a little. Here’s some shots of that area (as well as the swimming pool!):

From the pool to the suites

From the pool to the suites

 

From the suites to the house (see the pool?)

From the suites to the house (see the pool?)

 

One of the main gardening project will be an organic vegetable garden. There is no infrastructure for that however so it will be more work. In the picture below, there is a field to the left of the long drive to the inn and that is where we will grow our veggies:

Overhead view

Overhead view

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The upstairs portion of the main house of our Inn consists of three bedrooms but only ONE bathroom! We wanted to change that and put a bathroom in each bedroom. The problem became, ‘where do we find room for now bathrooms upstairs in such an old house?’ Greg the problem solver went to work on ideas and came up with an ingenious solution.

He thought, “lets extend the pantry area below and that would support new bathrooms above”. Perfect! So now we begin that work. Here’s pictures of the early stages of that project:

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This frame will support the new bathrooms above as well as give us more pantry room below. That is much needed too. Speaking of the upstairs, we have only one bathroom right now which will go through it’s own remodeling, but by the time we open, all three bedrooms will have their own.

Here’s a look at the bathroom upstairs:

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By the way, Dave thinks the toilet seat is too good to throw out. Of course he won’t actually use it himself. What do you think?

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A Barred Owl that’s who. We spotted one the other day at the entrance to our drive. It perched in the location we first spotted it for at least a couple hours. Long enough for us to come back, grab a camera and snap some photos. Here is the best one:

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

 

Thank God for our National Audubon Society’s book on North American birds. We are spotting so many interesting birds around here.

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We have been blessed to have many of our multitude of family members come and help us with our many projects involved in getting out inn ready for business. Reid and Cathy Dusenberry havecome up from their home in North Carolina on several occasions to lend their hands to our efforts. One of the first rooms we have managed to get ready is the main dining room. Here is a picture of Reid and Greg installing trim work to the recessed shelves in that room as well as an after pic so you can see the results. Oh, we painted too naturally.

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The finished product

The finished product

 

Now, as much fun as certain tasks are, some get looked upon with dread. It takes a special volunteer to do those jobs and luckily Cathy was up to it! I of course mean the staining and painting of the shelves not just in the dining room but the library as well. Here she is toiling away:

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Thank you both for your help!

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After searching our options, we found the perfect materials for the flooring in our suites. In our East River suite (formerly known as the Dalmatian suite) and Chesapeake suite (formerly known as the “Roman” suite) we went with bamboo. Morning star Bamboo to be exact. The stranded varieties are the most  environmentally friendly. Every time it is harvested, it grows back to it’s same maturity every 4 years or so. Far faster than trees and it doesn’t require replanting. It uses all of the harvested bamboo stock and is weaved together under high pressure. The finished product is stronger than regular bamboo and any type of wood flooring.

If everyone considering new flooring goes with bamboo as opposed to regular wood, we can make a big impact towards saving our environment. It also looks REALLY good! For the East River suite, we went with the “Tiger strand”. Here’s some photos of the installation and a close up of the flooring:

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Installing the floor

Installing the floor

Close up of Tiger Strand

Close up of Tiger Strand

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Anyone need a Lavendar sink? Got 2!

Anyone need a Lavender sink? Got 2!

One of the things that you learn to get used to when going through a renovation such as ours, is that there are going to be several appliances, fixtures, etc. that just get strewn about the property. So, having a commode sit outside our front door has become ordinary! Of course, we are trying to re-use as many of the fixtures as possible..those that are still in good condition, or still work with our design for each room. A lot of the toilets are being removed, however, as we are replacing most of them with the more environmentally friendly dual-flush commodes.  Greg also found 5 pedestal sinks on clearance at Lowes which managed to cost him a grand total of $9.99 each! That made parting with the lavender sinks a lot less painful.

    And, have no fear, all other fixtures, appliances, scrap materials that we are not re-using will go to our local ReStore facility that is operated by one of our favorite causes Habitat for Humanity. We have also managed to find some things at ReStore that we could use in our projects. If you have a ReStore in your area, it is a great place to find building materials and fixtures at a fraction of the cost. A wonderful way to recycle and reuse. Pass it on!

Tank thinks he has a new water bowl

Tank thinks he has a new water bowl

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Last month we wrote about Greg spotting an American Bald Eagle off our pier. Well we have spotted one again and this time we had a camera handy! (Well actually Greg’s stepfather Winston did. A big thank you to Winston!) Winston got the shot from his binoculars that have a built in camera. Too cool!

Here’s a couple photos of the eagle from different angles:

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