No Go The contractor, who assured us he could start in October, just told us that he couldn’t get a roofer until spring. %^*&.
Building Permit Well, the bad news is, there’s no way we’re going to have a building permit in October. The good news is, we don’t need a building permit to replace the roof, so we can start anytime. This strikes me as quite bizarre — we need a permit to replace a window, but not […]
Moving Day Gary Kopperman and his entire crew from The Restoration Clinic arrived with a trailer truck, and spent the entire day clearing out all of the furniture. Dawn’s mother, bless her heart, spent the whole day helping. I know it was traumatic for her and I would have done anything to save her from […]
Resurrection Dawn is amazing. She talked to the county engineer and somehow got him to agree to a one-lane driveway with a pull-off instead of a two-lane road. They have agreed to have another meeting. We still have to show adequate access and parking, floodwater levels, stormwater management, well capacity, and an approved septic module, […]
Warped Yesterday, in addition to the mold on the walls, we also found much of the furniture was in trouble. We immediately called Gary Kopperman from The Restoration Clinic, who couldn’t think of anything more supportive to say than, “I told you so.” The humidity had caused the veneer to pull away on much of […]
Charming Forge When we first met Bill Coleman, I asked what made him want to restore the Coleman-Stiegel mansion, and he said “Charming Forge.” Another ironmaster’s mansion, it was later used only as a summer house, and so had never had heating or plumbing. After being vacant for many years, it was sold at public […]
Small Town Our friend Sally suggested we talk to the township supervisor, Jeff Burkholder, to which Dawn replied, “Hey, I went to school with Jeff.” I am moving to a very small town… Dawn did talk to Jeff and, basically, we’re at the mercy of the engineers. If they want to hold us to every […]