Beams and Stones

Tis the season to be busy! This is the workers final week of work until January, and I wanted to post an update, so everyone could see the progress we have made with the house.

The outside stonework is completed and the old beams have been installed inside, and the courtyard is finished.  The flooring and cabinets and finish work still needs to be done inside the house.

Laurie Southworth of Southslope Woodworks stands atop a pile of old beams in the living room.
Laurie Southworth of Southslope Woodworks stands atop a pile of old beams in the living room.
Old beams lying in the living room. The workers are preparing to put them up on the ceiling.
Old beams lying in the living room. The workers are preparing to put them up on the ceiling.
The old beams are up in the living room. The kitchen, living room, and dining area is all one big room; we used the beams to delineate different spaces making the space seem like three separate - yet related- living areas.
The old beams are up in the living room. The kitchen, living room, and dining area is all one big room; we used the beams to delineate different spaces making the space seem like three separate – yet related- living areas.
The stone hearth and old beams in living room; you can see beams in the hall ceiling too.
The stone hearth and old beams in living room; you can see beams in the hall ceiling too.
Close up of old beam in hallway showing marks of age and the hand tools that crafted the beams one hundred years ago.
Close up of old beam in hallway showing marks of age and the hand tools that crafted the beams one hundred years ago.
This says Tim and Lory forever together. I found this one day as I was walking out the front door. One of the workers wrote this tribute to the main builders Tim and Laurie Southworth-- partners in business and partners in life. Perhaps I should date it, so that when someone in 2065 takes the boards off, they will see this tribute and smile. They will wonder-- who was this Tim and Lory the writer spoke of, and how were they related to this house?I love life's little mysteries.
This says Tim and Lory forever together. I found this one day as I was walking out the front door. One of the workers wrote this tribute to the main builders Tim and Laurie Southworth– partners in business and partners in life. Perhaps I should date it, so that when someone in 2065 takes the boards off, they will see this tribute and smile. They will wonder– who was this Tim and Lory the writer spoke of, and how were they related to this house?I love life’s little mysteries.
Obaldo, the stone mason, put this final stones into the west wall.
Obaldo, the stone mason, puts  final stones into the west wall.
All the stone work is done on the front of the house. Note the barbed wire wreath hanging on the post. One of the workers made that for the new--old looking- house.
All the stone work is done on the front of the house. Note the barbed wire wreath hanging on the post. One of the workers made the wreath  for the new–old looking- house.
Ouzel showcases the beautiful stone work of the new wall and the old wood surrounding the windows. She can put her paws on the stone window ledge and see what's going on inside the house.
Ouzel showcases the beautiful stone work of the new wall and the old wood surrounding the windows. She can put her paws on the stone window ledge and see what’s going on inside the house.
Mane is cutting bricks for our new courtyard.
Mane is cutting bricks for our new courtyard.
A view of the newly finished courtyard. The bricks are a combination of old bricks from the well found near the original homestead and new bricks made to look old.
A view of the newly finished courtyard. The bricks are a combination of old bricks from the well found near the original homestead and new bricks made to look old.

22 thoughts on “Beams and Stones

  1. This looks really beautiful – I love the different shades of gold and brown throughout. What other secret messages will you leave for future inhabitants?

    1. This looks really beautiful – I love the different shades of gold and brown throughout. What other secret messages will you leave for future inhabitants? Joanna- I love your suggestion “other secret messages for future inhabitants.” I will let you know what they are as they come to me. 🙂 I’d like them to be writing of some kind….

  2. Love the rust on rocks and wood and the view from the terrace helps understand why you moved away from us temporarily!

    1. Love the rust on rocks and wood and the view from the terrace helps understand why you moved away from us temporarily! Hi Perry – Quite a different view than the one from the Wizard’s Cottage. Instead of a salty sea we have an ocean of prairie and rocks. Happy holidays to you and Steve.

    1. The old beams and stonework are so beautiful! And I still love the idea of a courtyard that is protected from the wind….
      Thanks Mary! I hope it really does protect from the wind! Stay tuned.

  3. Hi Sher,
    Lovely photos. I’m looking forward to a tour come spring.

    I drove by back in October —- a little detour from a drive up to the Stewarts for dinner

    with Mother-in-Law, Carolyn.

    Just checking out the status of the project from the main road.

    My main take at that time was how beautifully the house was set, and oriented.

    I may have told you this already. Memory!

    Anyway, Frank Lloyd Wright had this comment attributed to him (or something similar):

    “A structure should grace the land, not disgrace the land”

    I would say your new home is meeting that standard.

    And, as you know, that is an uncommon achievement.

    Merry Christmas to You and Bruce.
    Bruce

    1. Hi Sher,
      Lovely photos. I’m looking forward to a tour come spring.

      I drove by back in October —- a little detour from a drive up to the Stewarts for dinner

      with Mother-in-Law, Carolyn.

      Just checking out the status of the project from the main road.

      My main take at that time was how beautifully the house was set, and oriented.

      I may have told you this already. Memory!

      Anyway, Frank Lloyd Wright had this comment attributed to him (or something similar):

      “A structure should grace the land, not disgrace the land”

      I would say your new home is meeting that standard.

      And, as you know, that is an uncommon achievement.

      Merry Christmas to You and Bruce.
      Bruce

      Thanks Bruce. First snow here today. Beautiful. I look forward to giving you the tour come spring. Sher

    1. It must be exciting to have so much progress made – enjoy the holidays Sher and Bruce (oh, and the donkeys as well)!

      Thanks Karen, and I hope you have a great holiday season too! Progress IS wonderful, and now all slows down for the holidays. 😦 🙂

  4. Oh My Goodness, your house is looking *fabulous*, Sher.

    The stone cladding is just exquisite, and I can’t wait to see what the beams look like when they’re all mounted.

    That note to the builders is adorable, such a nice touch!

    1. Oh My Goodness, your house is looking *fabulous*, Sher.

      The stone cladding is just exquisite, and I can’t wait to see what the beams look like when they’re all mounted.

      That note to the builders is adorable, such a nice touch!

      Thanks Reggie – the builders are well known in this region, and I think 100 years from now someone will find that phrase, and they will put two and two together – that the writer meant the builders Tim and Laurie Southworth. The idea of this makes me smile.

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