Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Studio Day Eleven

Boy oh boy, it was busy here Tuesday... from early morning on. We had two deliveries arrive, one right after the other with odds and ends of materials for the finishing. Here's the upstairs porch with its new fir beam across the ceiling. There are three of these and I've got to sand off the printing that they came with. What a pain. Why do these things have to be stamped all over? Why?

And then the windows came. I couldn't sleep all night hoping the openings would be right for the windows I ordered. I told Kevin this in the morning and he said - "What are you worried about? That would be my problem." What a waste of sleep that was.....

All hands were on deck to unload the windows.

What a bunch of packaging and trash they generated. Boxes, plastic, wrappers, labels.

Our building supplies have come from my brother-in-law's family business Belletete's Building Supply in Jaffrey, NH. It's been great to work with David on this project, using his expertise to choose the best product for the situation. I still have a few things more to pick out and order but pretty much everything has been decided.

If you live in Southern New Hampshire and frequent Belletete's, thank you. You are helping to support my sister's family and all the people who work there. The Belletete Family business has been around for over 100 years. It began as a little general store in Jaffrey and has grown to be five stores and a lumber mill through hours and years of hard work. It's amazing that a business like this can survive despite all the competition from huge chain businesses. Hard work to say the least from all the family members and their employees.

Here are some of the windows after unpacking, waiting to go in.

This is my first experience with vinyl windows. All the windows in our house are wood and most of them are over 50 years old. I chose a brown shade called "terrratone" because the outside of the building will not be painted. I am going to let it age into the grayish brown shade that old barns have. It will take years to happen but I really don't want to stain the wood because it ends up looking painted and all the same tone.

More coming tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

So, the red plaid shirt is what the Farmer is wearing in for his shot on the June calendar page?


Jennifer said...

I can't help but notice that Farmer is going to finish a huge addition to the house quicker than I can finish knitting a sweater.

It's so much fun to watch it grow.

kit mitchell said...

Living vicariously through your porch project and thoroughly enjoying it! It looks great!

Turtle said...


Lisa said...

So exciting! There is a Belletete's here in Nashua. A little out of my usual route but knowing the back-story, I will be sure to make it my go-to hardware stop.

Anonymous said...

Watching your addition take shape is a daily thrill! Your blog is wonderful - every single post is inspiring.

I just visited Lisa Borgnes Giramonti's blog and have to share... While scrolling through the photos, I thought of you Kristin! (See 'Textiliphilia Antiquus', June 16)


onescrappychick said...

I live in the next town over from Jaffrey, and I always scroll down and look at your photos, then go back and read what you wrote (I am a photo girl, what can I say).. and was surprised and delighted to see the Belletete's truck in your post, then more delighted to read that you are related. I can't wait to see your finished studio.. what fun!

Susan R. said...

I know you must waver between excitement and anticipation of the finished rooms and exhaustion from all the work. It's shaping up to be a great space. I'm enjoying watching it grow.