I have also had quite a few trees cut down, around 20 so far. I loved my shade but I also want to have some sunshine so I can grow a garden. Also, too many giant trees right against the house makes for a scary time when the wind blows hard in these mountains.
With the new addition and the sleeping nook I will have 472 sq ft of luxurious room! I have a few pictures to post of the outside but there is a lot going on inside that I can't get pictures of yet. I have a great carpenter helping me out part time. Work is progressing very slowly this time of year especially what with the cold or rain and Christmas. Hopefully it will be done by Spring!
I was in a very serious car accident August 24th. A lady decided to turn left right in front of me on a two lane highway and hit me head on. I was driving about 50 mph. I had taken my mother and my grandmother for the day to Asheville NC and we were within 2 miles of their house on the way back when we were hit.
My Grandmother passed away about 3 hours later. My Mother and I were airlifted to the University of Tennessee hospital. My Mother died on August 30th after struggling very hard to survive. I was released from the hospital on the day my mother passed. I was the lucky one, my injuries were not life threatening. I sustained 8 broken ribs, 2 fingers were completely bent backwards but surgery fixed them and I had a severe head injury with brain bleed. I am doing fine, still recuperating and unable to go back to work, but all will be well.
I was left a small inheritance by my Grandmother and decided to use it to work on my house. She loved it here and would have been delighted to see what I am doing.
All of my lumber has come from a local sawmill and the cost is ridiculously low compared to what I would pay at Lowes or Home Depot.
I still don't have running water, but I am working towards that. Building a bath and laundry was the first step.
Check out the photos and I promise to post more as we progress.
Now we're getting the roof, fascia and window trim added
Here are some close ups of the trim. I used live edge cedar for windows and live edge white pine for fascia. I've used 12 inch white pine siding and will add the battens later after it's had a chance to dry.
My old porch is being taken off and we're adding a new porch. I had used lumber from the sawmill to build it originally and it was rotting. New porch will be pressure treated. The left corner is where my sleeping nook is going, it will be an 8 x 8 space.
The new porch will match the porch on the addition with Trees for posts. I will also have a new porch all the way around the front. All fascia, roof and window trim will match.
That's about all I have to show you right now, other than the mess in my yard from cutting trees. I have a neighbor that wants the logs and firewood, so I'm waiting on them to come clean up. It looks like a bomb went off in the meantime, and these are only a few of the trees on one side of the house!