Money Pit Update

Progress on the house is in full swing. Now that Dick is no longer around, things are efficiently and CORRECTLY getting done. Once again, it is fun to be there on a daily basis and watch the plans come to life.

Bob from DOORS BY DESIGN in Atlanta personally delivered my exterior doors. We have literally been in contact for almost two years and he needed to go to New Jersey for a job, so he made the extra effort to do the delivery so we could meet. I cannot wait to open those darn crates!!!


The roofers have been working around the clock to complete the slate. They are doing a beautiful job , as slate is much more labor intensive than standard roofing. The housing police only allow natural materials on the roof so that means slate, tile or cedar.

The blue finish on the house is a new product offered exclusively by my builder, Montana Contracting. It is a spray on vapor barrier that replaces the conventional paper wrap.


I love the copper snow birds!


The plumbing is being roughed in.


The retaining walls are almost done. They were mandatory by the planning board because of the terrain. I love them! Every rock used was dug up from the property.

The housing police thought the rocks we used were too big….pretty funny considering they decided that 2 months after we called for the sample inspection! If they were any smaller it wouldn’t be a RETAINING wall!


My wonderful framers were able to finish the turret, which was the last piece of the framing puzzle.


This is the spire I have ordered to go on the top.


Coincidentally, when I looked up to take the photo of the turret, I noticed this-


If you are familiar with the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” with Diane Lane, you will remember how many signs she encountered before during and after her renovation of a house she buys in Italy.

Just like the movie, my roofing crew is all from Poland. They are one of the most meticulous, courteous and talented crews ever. The photo is of scaffolding they built on the roof, but I choose to look at it as a sign-

A sign that the worst is finally over and we only have good things to look forward to.

Maybe I should make my own movie?


3 thoughts on “Money Pit Update

  1. Oh what fun your blog is!

    I love the expressions “housing police”! I am on the Design Review Board for our neighborhood in Montecito ; and I call us the “taste police”!!



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