October 26, 2011 § 19 Comments
The walls upstairs have been painted a light green, Sherwin Williams’ Opaline. And now Chad and Scott are putting down 4X4 sheets of pine plywood. This is going to be our floor for the time being. It started out as a budget option just to cover up the ragged plywood subfloor. But I’m prepared to love it. So far, it’s looking really cool. Here are some shots of the job in progress.
July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
Today is our 2-week anniversary in Five Islands. We are spending the afternoon at the Patten Free Library (PFL) in Bath because there is a nice young person, Chad, working on the house this week. The PFL is a lovely place to spend an afternoon; it has a quiet and comfortable reading room with a view of the Kennebec River. The church across the street is a real stunner against the blue sky today.
I thought I would take this opportunity to write my first proper blog post since I’m using the library’s wi-fi instead of ours (which is not unlimited or free unfortunately).
We’ve spent the first two weeks slowly unpacking our stuff, doing small projects around the house, shopping for more stuff to fill up the already stuffed house, and getting back to our paid work. The big project this week has been painting the window sashes and trim. Thank goodness it’s a tiny house, because trim takes a long time to paint, especially when there are 2 colors. We are painting the sashes (all the parts of the window that touch the glass) to match the muntins (those thingies that separate panes of glass in the windows). Our muntins are Sandtone, so the sashes will be a sort of light brown. Then the trim, or all the wood that touches the walls, will be bright white. So far, we’ve painted all the sashes in the great room and bathroom and primed much of the trim. Here are some close ups of the Sandtone on the kitchen windows.
For now, the house is a wreck because Chad has been doing finish work in the kitchen. So there are no pictures of the great room all put together. I feel like I’ve been posting nothing but construction shots for months. I’d like to start posting completion shots, so bear with me for a few more days.
We’ve had a little free time to visit some of our favorite spots near Five Islands. On Tuesday, we went to the General Store for our lunch break. On the way home we stopped at Reid State Park for a little stroll. We now have a pass for every Maine state park that allows in a car with up to 16 people. So we can drop by Reid whenever we want to. The park has 2 beautiful beaches and a lagoon. There are paths through the dunes and lots of rocks to climb on. We found a bench and soaked up a little sun before getting back to work.
Yesterday, we stopped in to visit the Coveside Bed & Breakfast on North End Rd in Five Islands. Tom and Carolyn run this gorgeous B&B on Gott’s Cove. They are also the winning bidders on a dinner for four at our house later this month. We donated the dinner to the Georgetown Historical Society’s annual charity auction. So we wanted to chat with Tom and Carolyn about the dinner and other island dining ideas. I couldn’t resist taking some shots of the views from their beautiful patio.
The house is also lovely, as are the gardens throughout the property.
Finally, I should note that all of our various animals made it to Five Islands safely. Admittedly, there were some scary moments the first couple of days. Our cat, Peanut, disappeared the first night and didn’t re-appear for 48 hours. We weren’t sure if he’d somehow escaped or was trapped in between the walls. He now comes out a couple of times a day, usually in the early morning and in the evening. But otherwise he has a very good hiding place upstairs, probably under the floor between the joists. Olive, our other cat, seems quite content. The dogs are lovin’ life on the island. There are exotic creatures such as the elusive chipmunk to keep their walks exciting. And the lack of any bus traffic on Lewis Rd is conducive to lots of relaxation on our little porch. Here they are chilling under the new bar (soon to be Robert’s preferred rest spot).
Well, that’s my report for now. I hope to have some shots of the interior next week to share.