Tag Archives: Bill’s room


Dawn’s third (and final) to do list Within the next ten weeks, we should have the mansion ready and (hopefully) the Summer Kitchen as well. Unfortunately, the Paymaster’s Office will take a little longer. Notice I didn’t say “finished,” just “ready.” The stuff that is absolutely required in order for us to get our occupancy […]


Dawn sends status…and pictures! Two of the painters, Elmer Stoltzfus and Southern Long, started on Monday in the offices [third floor attic area] of the mansion. They should finish tomorrow and start moving down the stairs to Bill’s room, then the Boys’ room, then the hallway, then maybe to the game room. Jay Bowman started […]

SUNDAY, MARCH 05, 2006

Update on Dawn’s tasks On October 15, I published Dawn’s new to-do list. Let’s see what she’s accomplished in the last five months: Mansion Repoint east side, spot point as needed (Hollenbeck) — repointed entire building! Finish east gable, downspouts, front porch — east gable and front porch finished Insulate between all floors (blown-in blanket) — done! Paint all […]

SUNDAY, MARCH 04, 2006

Cheating As I’ve mentioned before, plastering is a lost art. And to the people who used to do it for a living, I’m sure they said “good riddance.” First, you had to put up lath, which originally was thin strips of bark or leftover wood, whatever you had available. This was nailed to the frame […]


Channel 11 news Picture this: It’s September 6, the last day of my “vacation”, and I’ve spent the last five hours talking to the plumber, the contractor, and the septic guy, when the channel 11 news van pulls up, ready to do an interview. Of course I knew they were coming — Dawn specifically scheduled […]


Dawn’s new to-do list Just in case we were getting excited about all the progress made so far… Mansion Repoint east side, spot point as needed (Hollenbeck) (November, after mason) Finish east gable, downspouts, front porch (Lantz roofing) Insulate between all floors (blown-in blanket) Paint all windows and sashes; hang windows by November 1st (Dawn) […]

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2005

Bath fixtures While I harbor no illusions that anyone is interested in our fixtures list, we’ve spent so much time on it that it would be a shame not to include it. Dawn asked me not to include prices, but I can say it will be about $30,000 total, not including the kitchen. Ouch. Addendum: […]

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2005

Structural engineer They want to put 75-pound weights on each stair to make sure the grand stairway can support all that weight. I have no doubt it will pass the test, I just think it’s a funny way to test it. I could just get fifteen friends to stand on every other stair, and save […]