Greetings from beautiful San José del Cabo, Mexico! We are spending a few days down here to
write blogs instead of hanging out on the beach recuperate from our busy summer work schedules. Yes, we still own the farmhouse and we’re still working on it, although I don’t think people believe that to be true unless I am blogging about it … kind of like that whole “if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a noise?” thing. Oh, how I hope something I write on this blog will end up being a strange half-riddle recited by the masses! Dreaming big, guys.
So, what’s been going on at Woodside for the past two months? When I last left you, we had started framing the first floor. Brendon continued working on that, and we picked out all of the fireplaces for the entire house so he can frame those out as well. We’ll have four fireplaces total, two on the first floor (dining room and living room) and two on the second floor (family room and master bedroom). There are approximately one million options for fireplaces, FYI. Anyone who knows me well can attest that I am NOT into shopping; I like to buy, not browse. So when Brendon told me I needed to go pick out logs for the fireplaces, I was like … there’s more than one type? I expect many compliments on our fireplace logs if you ever come visit, and I’ll pass those along to the salesperson who told me exactly which ones to buy, because they basically all looked the same to me.
Our HVAC company also started work at the house in September, and spent about two weeks running the system for the basement and first floor. They’ll return to run a second system for the second and third floors, and then a third system for the enclosed porches on the west end of the house. It is a little wild to see ductwork next to the house’s original floor joists from 1848. Right now the plan is to leave it all exposed (other than in the bedroom and bathroom) as there’s not enough room for a drop ceiling. However, as with most things at Woodside, the best-laid plans are futile as the final result will have to be a combination of what will meet code + what will meet historic renovation guidelines.
In the coming weeks, we’ll continue our siding and soffit work, and also install the final set of windows. More to come soon, but first, this: