There's been a few delays at Maple Tree Cottage. Mostly Mother Nature is to blame. She's been flying around on her broom causing weather issues all over the place. Our floors needed some repairs and Mr. Floor Man is one amazing guy. He got the repairs done and the sanding. After sanding, the floors were way too light. The wood is white oak. Mr. Floor Man brought over 2 samples of stain and I didn't like either. One was too light and one was too red. He bought 3 more. Two were too brown. I felt like Goldilocks until...
#5 was just right. It was meant to be because it's called Golden Maple. Mr. Floor Man is putting the Swedish finish on today. Now the the tile guys can get to work.
This is the ceiling of my covered patio. It's tongue and groove and the wood is cedar. It's just amazingly beautiful. Abby has been dreaming of Summer snoozes on the warm deck for months now.
Our contractor and his guys are true craftsmen. This is the electrical panel that they framed to give a nice finished look. It's the attention to details that I so appreciate.
Our contractor hunted down cedar shingles to match the originals from 1951. Once the house is painted you'll never know they aren't the original.
This is the addition. Notice the ramp. Mr. Maple and I aren't ancient yet but we have longevity in our genes. We decided to plan ahead to make our "golden" years easier for one day. We've seen so many houses that have ramps out front and although necessary they are also unsightly. We had our ramp put in at the back and the only way you see it is if you're standing in our backyard. We've done many things ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant.
There will be a rail and the deck will have steps down. It's still a work in progress but it's so close to calling it done.
Son Maple helped Mr. Maple prune the old apple tree. Hopefully the tree will one day be beautiful again and produce tasty apples.
Abby and I have shared so much of the before and process we thought you might like to see the colors we've selected for the exterior. Navy for the house, white trim and a coral door. Thank you Daughter Maple. We do not live in a neighborhood with an association so no rules and no fees. I don't want anyone telling me what I can and can't do. In closing, the sun is shining, if only for a moment.
Stay tuned, Abby and Stephanie