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Hi everyone. Just a quick post to tell you about our past month here at the inn. It was by far our busiest month and probably can’t ever get any busier as we were booked solid almost the whole way through. That’s in large part thanks to the good folks at the DIY Network.

We posted at the time of the announcement that a house not far from our inn was chosen to be renovated top to bottom by several of the DIY network’s shows. So as you can imagine we were thrilled to host many of the crews who worked on the project. In between two weddings and a family reunion that is. They were a lot of fun and we got to serve several lunches on site for them and have some nice sit down dinners for them back here at the inn. A really good and crazy time!

We’ll have more info soon, especially about how you can register to win the house they renovated (we got a sneak peak and it is AWESOME!). But for now, you get some pictures of the last month!

House Crashers started us off

 

With the first of 3 Crab Pickings

 

The second went as well as the first

 More to come.

 
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We were very excited to hear that just down the road from the Inn is the location of the Do It Yourself (DYI) Network’s 2011 home renovation project. You can watch the announcement being made here at Blog Cabin.

Having done lots of renovations of our own, we look forward to seeing what they will do to the old house they’ve chosen. Hopefully they will use some of the green building techniques we learned along the way to getting our inn up and running.

The property has close to a mile’s worth of waterfront which is amazing! I imagine it will feature views much like those we’ve become accustomed to.

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The Captains Room

This room used to be a bright pink! We decided that the view was so beautiful from this room, that we wanted the paint to reflect the nature outside. Oh, and of course we added a whole new bathroom…no more sharing! Here is what it looked like before:

"Captains Room" Before

"Captains Room" Before

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The Captains Room: After!

The Captains Room: After!

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West Billups Room- before

Oldest Tabbs 069Way behind on befores and afters, so we will be updating for every room! This is the West Billups room, part of the old house. Not sure what it was called before, but it sure was interesting! Clem, (Lori’s Dad), was especially eager to paint over this one! As we showed in an earlier post, this room got a whole new structure- the bathroom. It was the only way to get a private bath in this room, but we were very happy with the outcome. Here are some before pictures…

"The West Billups Room" Before 9/08

"The West Billups Room" Before 9/08

Dad gleefully paints over the old design!

Dad gleefully paints over the old design!

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One of the big challenges in getting the upstairs rooms of the Billups house in order was getting bathrooms for each room as opposed to the sharing of a single bathroom that used to be the case. For two of the 3 rooms, we were able take the existing bathroom, remodel it and attach the second bathroom off of the plumbing from the first. For the third however, we had to start from scratch. We extended the pantry room below and built the new bathroom above it. This is the result:

West room bathroom

West room bathroom

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blogsite 152…But nary a drop to drink. At least not until we installed our new water system! Using well water as we do, we needed more than just a water softener and more than just a filter. To be truly eco-friendly, we couldn’t go the bottled water route and leave behind mountains of plastic bottles either.

Our solution was to go with Hague Water Systems. It’s reverse osmosis filtration extricates the hard minerals that can make well water taste metallic. Of course no expensive water bottles either! We are very happy with our results thus far.

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What would green renovating a bed and breakfast be if we didn’t get new Energy Star rated windows? Well that’s been our latest project and we’ve had a LOT of windows to replace. Older houses like our inn were not designed with the energy saving techniques widely in use today. They are often drafty which causes greater waste of energy to keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Weather proofing windows is probably the most important step you can take to making your home more energy efficient. Here’s a look at what we’ve done:

The installation

The installation

 

The view from the front

The view from the front

Okay, new energy efficient windows do not make any significant difference to the appearance of the inn but it will make a major difference on the energy bills!

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