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    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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    Forgive us the posting drought. By way of brief announcement, I was pregnant this fall, and over Thanksgiving I went into pre-term labor and gave birth to our stillborn son. We will be mourning for quite some time, but we have been so grateful for the love and support of our family and friends through it all. Pouring ourselves into finishing this house has been a great comfort to both of us — we are clinging to the happy anticipation of a finished house as a way to soothe the grieving process.

    We are close. Yesterday our staircase and landing rail system arrived and was installed in a matter of hours (you can also see our finished, exposed duct work):


    You can see the blue that we settled on for the large north wall, too. Many, MANY thanks to the our weekend volunteer crew: Judy, Greg, Nancy, Laura, and especially my father-in-law Tainui who couldn't be dragged from helping by wild horses. Tainui: we owe you our baseboard, our painted walls, our light fixtures, our tile floors, our sanity and our love.

    Davido's crew has been hard at work on our garage. Over the weekend that meant putting up particle-board sheeting in sub-freezing temperatures. Today, it meant installing a garage door in the biggest blizzard of the year:



    In the "insult upon injury" category, last Saturday night we discovered water damage in our kitchen ceiling. Turns out that a part of our master bath shower fixture had a slow leak that had been dripping onto our ceiling since it was installed. A late-Saturday-night visit from Davido, the plumber and my in-laws helped us pinpoint the location of the leak. The plumber repaired it yesterday, and today the drywaller was redoing the kitchen ceiling.


    Part of the stairs delivery included the frame for our front door canopy, which will eventually have 2"x4" cedar planks to form the "roof" for our front door and approach:


    So, we're getting there.

    12 comments:

    ArchMedia said...

    Though i only know of you guys from the blog, i send my deepest of sympathies in this trying times of yours. My wife and I had two misscarriages and are now expecting in just a few short weeks. The pain you are feeling rings all too true to us. I truly wish you the best and have you in our thoughts and prayers.

    With that said, it is good to see that you have a refuge in the house and it's demands of being finished. It looks incredible, and as usual has me jealous and wanting to build my own all the more!! Life works in funny ways sometimes, but I'm sure that in the end, just like the leak in the ceiling of the kitchen, everything will work itself out. A minor set-back is never reason to stop dreaming and working at those dreams, as i'm sure you know very well.

    Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to you both...

    Suzanne said...

    Oh that blue on the wall is spectacular. It makes it all feel like home. You both are amazing!

    Bad Grammar - Good Design said...

    I love it! sorry i wasnt there to help.

    Betsy said...

    You both are amazing. Hang in there and hope we get to see you over the holidays.

    amelia said...

    I LOVE that blue. The house looks amazing.

    Senja said...

    Hey, this is Gretel. I haven been following your blog quietly and am amazed with your progress in the house and can't wait to see how it looks like when finished! :)

    And I wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. My cousin experienced the same as you a few months earlier. Hope you guys feel better soon.

    Brooke said...

    Wow! this looks great! So close. Let us know where we can help!

    ArchMedia said...

    so i'll be the first to ask.. what's the name of the blue/color code for that blue? :)

    Tai said...

    The blue is from Benjamin Moore. We used the Natura line and the color is Providence Blue or something like that.

    Kersten said...

    The blue is Colonial Blue, 1677, in the Natura paint from Benjamin Moore.

    Leslie said...

    I haven't talked to you guys in a while, but I just wanted to let you know that I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you both.

    Your house looks fantastic. I can't believe how quickly you guys made it happen!

    Love,
    Leslie

    alyce said...

    I'm so sorry for your loss.