About nine tons of stone...off.
The stone company is trying to help me find a new home for the surplus but now I have to wait while the stone yard cuts more of the thin wall stone that the masons need to finish the exterior chimney and, eventually, the stone fireplace in the hearth room.
Last, but certainly not least, I realized about a month ago that our bid for this project did not contain any allowance for our kitchen...no cabinets, counters, appliances....nothing. My fault for not checking the contract more carefully so I'm scrambling to figure out how we're going to pay for it but it makes all of the other decisions (like whether to replace the garage doors) more significant.
We also got the remainder of our insulation on Saturday. It's a combination of open and closed cell foam. The reason for the combination is that the 1949 part of our home was framed with 2x4s while the new section is 2x6s. In order to meet the required "R" value in the 2x4 section, closed cell foam is used. It's much more dense and structural while open cell is softer. I'm amazed at how much more quiet it is inside the house and how nice it is to look out of the windows now that the plastic is down.
As of today, drywall will be delivered. We'll have our insulation inspection tomorrow and, if all goes well, we'll begin to drywall by the end of the week. Also next week, the electric service will be connected.
There you have it, the authentic, honest, update on farmhouse progress. Have there been some significant delays and surprises? Yes, there have. Am I disappointed, of course. Did I expect at least some issues with a renovation of this scale and scope and did I plan for most of this? Thankfully, yes. Having done this four times before, I did... but that doesn't make it any easier when things go wrong. The good news is that I realize how blessed I am to be doing this at all and that it's nothing compared to the challenges that many face on a daily basis which keeps things in perspective.
Also, I promised a post on limewash so look for that soon. Happy July and thanks so much for reading!