January 31, 2012 § 1 Comment
The Soapstone for the counters was quarried right here in Virginia by Alberene Soapstone. The trim and frame of the opening/doorway and the baseboards were carefully designed to replicate the originals. Trim seems like such a small detail but the craftsmanship of the contractor and his team makes you take notice. When completed the transition between old and new should be nonexistent.
There is a pretty awesome view out that window and now the sink is in front of it. Even better.
The fireclay farm sink is by Rohl. The cabinet above the fridge was a tragedy of contracting. The cost of home renovation is that there are always a few errors. Do you brush yourself off or make the rest of the project a drudgery. It’s really up to you, because having a project go off without a few mistakes is not humanly possible. If you think about it…in the grand scheme these aren’t really “problems”.
Ahh…there it is, and the counter too. BTW – the back splash is 3×6 honed Carrera marble tile from Mosaic.
November 15, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I came down the driveway to discover we had been invaded by giant dinosaurs, or the drill had arrived to dig the geothermal wells.
…all I could think was, “Poor Travis.” He worked so hard seeding the island in the middle of the circular driveway. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time it needs to be redone. Honestly the contractors are being as careful as they can, they just have massive machinery and can only do so much.
That’s my Kousa on the left, its leaves haven’t changed yet. It is one of the most perfect specimens I have seen. Keeping our fingers crossed that all is still well when everyone has cleared out.
There’s my Kousa again on the right. The rig is actually gone now, and our two 400′ wells are complete, but we still have a 5′ deep by 3′ wide trench leading over to the house. We’ve tried to find some bodies to throw into it (just seems like the thing to do), but haven’t had any luck yet.
Oh, BTW – if you want your own geothermal HVAC system you should check out Renewable Energy Solutions, Inc. Ask for Shaune Roop and he’ll hook you up. (Even if you don’t need a place to put the bad people.)
October 31, 2011 § 2 Comments
I intended to post about a revision to my country guest room, but it will have to wait…
I mentioned briefly our gardens, a small part of the legacy of one woman, and the product of a quarter century of diligence. These are the best of this past season:
It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers. – SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
October 20, 2011 § 4 Comments
We have just under 7 acres at the Rectory and it is daunting. Not to worry, the majority of it is woodland areas and fields of wild grass that get bush hogged ( [boosh-hawag, -hog] noun – device, pulled behind a tractor, having one or more blades spinning parallel to the ground and attached radially to a central axis, used for cutting vegetation and clearing land.) twice a year. However…we still have about 2 acres of proper lawn that needs to be maintained. Through multiple discussions with Travis over the Spring and Summer we came to the decision that in the long run a beautiful and healthy lawn would be the most economic choice, some investment up front, but ultimately easier and less expensive to keep up.
Not trying to give you a panic attack but these two photos equate to about 1/4th of the total lawn area to be maintained. Ha! (slightly hysterical out burst) As mentioned in earlier posts on this subject on our FACEBOOK page, the woman who owned the home for the last 25 some odd years was a passionate gardener and we have made a few decisions that have not gone over so well with some members of “the community”. Any resemblance to the title of an M. Night Shyamalan movie intended. These folks who whisper however are all people we have actually never met. Our friends know we have nothing but the best of intentions and that we are doing a maximum of research in order to preserve this landscape in the best way possible. Woah. I got so serious there for a moment. That brings me to our amazing tress. Yes, to benefit the greater good some (7 of over 150) have needed to be removed, but 5 of those were dead or dying. At any rate, a couple need to be replaced and we also have one area that we want to provide a natural screen for so I finally made a visit to Springtime Garden Center in Front Royal. They came highly recommended (by literally every one we know) and I was not disappointed. The owner spent an hour and half giving me the gardening master class and 1/3 of that time was after they had closed. I wouldn’t expect this level of service from a nursery where I was paying three times as much and from what I could tell at most other garden centers you can expect to pay three times as much. I think that is what happens when you buy anything from someone who is truly passionate about what they are selling…you get value.
These are the recommendations - Dramatic, fast to moderate growers, dear tolerant, and made to last:
Just a few of our trees (that we didn’t remove) that are starting to show off for the Fall: