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December 1998:


Digging the foundation

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January 1999:

The first wall is readied to be raised.

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The view from the 1st floor (this will be the view from the suite balconies!)

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The great hall (20 x 48 ft) -- not only will breakfast be served here -- it will be a great place for parties, receptions and meetings.

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The first wall is raised -- we're on our way.

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View of the Livery from the front (this is where the entry to the suites will be. The guest room will enter around the side.)

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The four downstairs walls are up.

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Partitions are added on the first floor.

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The great hall from the rear. The large openings will be 12ft. wide french doors. A patio and garden will be behind the hall.

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Nigel and Marcy explore the 2nd floor deck

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Insulation arrives -- a whole truck full!

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J. Diamond pours concrete to finish retaining wall.

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February 1999:

The exterior 2nd floor walls and roof rafters are up. (And the 2nd floor bedrooms of the suites are wonderful!)

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Dale digs the footings for the deck and arbor off the rear of the livery

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It's beginning to look like the livery stable! (before dismantling)

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While the front looks like the livery before dismantling -- the rear looks entirely modern. Doors on the third story (bed and bath level) open to a porch. On the 2nd story, the 1790 windows overlook what will be an arbor. And on the ground floor, you can see the openings for the 12 ft. wide french doors -- which will give folks at breakfast or special events a terrific view of the meadow.

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March 1999:

The siding (which we removed from the "original" livery) has been put up once again.

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The doors which we removed from the livery were wonderful -- but not very air tight. Our carpenter Doug did a super job of restoring them. After taking the doors apart, he applied a sheet of felt paper behind the original boards, then a piece of plywood, the back is made of old pine boards with a "z" pattern -- so the doors look original both outside and inside -- but are weather-tight.

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This is the downstairs of one of the suites. Nigel will be forging staircase railings for the stairs in each of the three suites.

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This is a view of the 2nd story rooms from one end. Upstairs there will a bedroom and bath with a door leading to the deck (and a wonderful view!). Look at the ceiling and you can get a feel for the  cathedral ceilings the rooms will have.

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Siding and doors (with the exception of the 2 sliding doors) are up on the front and side

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The north side of the Livery. Doesn't it look like a mountain cabin with its unpainted siding and broken window? Keep checking for its "finished" look!

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The livery from the south side. The "hay" doors are now in place and look just as they did!

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Both cement trucks got stuck!! Dale and his tractor couldn't pull them out .....

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but Mo and his bulldozer could (thank goodness -- they really weren't attractive lawn ornaments!)

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And we finally got the cement floor poured! With the mucky spring weather, we thought that it might never happen.

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With the cement floor poured, the 12 ft doors we ordered, could finally be delivered!  Lowe's sent 4 guys and Doug had 2 helpers -- and still it looked like a lot of effort to get the doors in place -- but do they ever look wonderful!

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The inside of the hall -- with the floor poured and the doors in place, you can begin to get the feel of the place.  The half walls will be covered with ledgestone, with oak barn boards above. Between the doors, you can see the frame for the fireplace.

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Here's a close-up of the arbor which looks wonderful -- can't you imagine it covered with flowers?

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April 1999:

The back of the livery now has the siding up and the railing on the balcony begun.

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It's fun imagining how the stone walls and brick patio will look from the samples.

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While we were away on vacation, Doug and crew finished the building. So the building is ready to be painted -- first, Nigel (shown here) and Dale power washed it to help the adhesion of paint. We are going to use a linseed based solid color stain, which will soak into the old wood.

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May 1999:

We started painting with brushes, but quickly changed to a spray gun -- it went very quickly -- doesn't it look great?

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We've had beautiful weather (just look at that sky) -- here Dale and Nigel are working on painting the rear.

Summer 1999:

We had a very busy summer -- from the 15th of June, until the end of August we had guests in 3 of our 4 rooms nearly every day.  Didn't leave much time for working on the livery -- especially as summer also means lots of farm work too!

But we, with the help of Mo, did get the underground utilities run and the building was re-graded.

The plumber, electrician and finish carpenter did some work -- but it was so HOT -- that they left for inside air-conditioned jobs!

We did attend a few auctions and find some great furniture for when the livery is complete!

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Fall 1999:

We finally got back to work painting the outside of the Livery. It was painted the same colors as it had been 100 years ago. Our goal is to restore the outside and inside, using the original wood and components as much as possible.

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November 1999:

After much debate, we decided on a roof type and our roofer, Rowdy started putting the roof on mid-month.

 

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The roof is done -- the view from the rear.

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Winter 99-00:

Bill works on the cathedral ceiling in one of the suite bedrooms.

 

Spring 2000 to Winter 20001/2:

Our restoration work was curtailed by  "outside" forces. (Local zoning officials could not understand why anyone would want to stay on a farm. Our press coverage has proven otherwise). 

We focused our efforts on re-siding our barn and starting to build board fence (to replace the old mesh fence) around the barn's pastures.

We were finally able to return to the restoration of the livery stable this fall and winter!

Check out the progress of the interior restoration of the Livery!

 

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