Things with the addition kitchen/living room are past the design stage......the cabinets have been ordered! My sister Suzie came this last weekend and did the designs and we went and decided on cabinets, counter tops ,wall coverings for the CANNING KITCHEN!!!!!!!!!!. Even though I have an AGA in the new space, that kitchen will be the cooking and entertaining room, not the canning kitchen.
It will be a couple of months till all is completed , but I can't wait to see the spaces transformed! It still is strange to be able to walk into the addition and down to the basement without having to go outside. Plus the air movement in the house is much better and at night I can open the north windows in the addition and use the exhaust fan in my bedroom to pull the hot air out and bring the cooler air in! This is a game changer for more comfortable sleeping during this hot and steamy week.
The addition was Brandon's Baby....what you see was his vision and his hard work. I am sad that neither he or our parent's got to see it. It is a marvelous space with great accoustics and I only played a small part in it's construction. It brings me joy to see Brandon's personality stamped into every aspect of the building.
I have to give heart felt thanks to my Brother in law Richard,his boys and my niece's husband for doing the deck on the foundation on which the post and beam structure was built. A big thank you to the builder from Bethleham NH(whose name escapes me, it was 20+ years ago) for making and letting Brandon help assemble the frame. I want to thank the Gun enthusiasts friends(from one of his computer gigs) who helped Brandon and the blue tractor get the insulated panels on the north facing roof and then went and shot targets in the backyard at the home range Brandon had put together.
I realized today that most of the work happened while I was quilting or teaching quilting. How could I have missed all the hubbub. Plus we had three Belgian Tervurians at the time who needed to be walked or played with 3 times a day and Brandon was still working his computer gigs away from the farm in between working on the addition.
I know I helped put up the steel I-beams in the basement to support the sub floor of the addition. I helped bleach the post and beam structure once it was in place and helped to stain all the wood used for the ceiling and walls. But the rest of it, once the structure was in place it was all Brandon. He was a marvel.....god how I miss him.
It was less than 24 hrs since the last post and my world has changed.....it has been 20+ years I have been waiting for this day.
Now it is here.......no more having to go out the front door to get into the basement of the addition. No going out in the rain bringing jars down or up from the basement. I am adjusting very slowly and so is Zorra as she needs stair treads on the stairs as her feet otherwise slide when she is going up....so I will do that today.
Mary Will Sussman