So this is how it looked at the end of the day yesterday…from the outside. The casual observer might think “one wall in an entire day?” but there is nothing casual about this crew. The supports for the floor were painted. Next up, let’s take a trip inside!
It took most of the day to get the support beams up for the second story, and the floor laid–after they put in the wall and the stairs. The bathroom will go in the space under the second story and stairs.
My best guess based on how quickly they got the first floor walls up is that they will get the remainder of the second floor walls up, and the roof framing today. Normally, they return to Illinois on Fridays, and return to the work site Mondays. Yep, the crew is based in Illinois. I said that was a pretty long weekly commute, but we sure appreciated that they did it. They start at 7 every morning and work until 6 or so, depending on the light conditions. Once they finish, the electrical and plumbing will be completed, by the same contractor who did the foundation work–another crew we appreciated and look forward to an ongoing relationship with until we get the house issues all corrected.
It was a productive day for me as well, restoring items to the kitchen and continuing the unpacking process, so we did take-out last night. We are a little tired of our usual stand-bys, and while looking at options, I spied a restaurant name I did not recognize: Tarasque Cucina. One glance at the website and menu, and I said “that’s what I want!” Chef John Martin Stokes, native Oxonian, “is classically trained in both French and Italian styles. Stokes is influenced by Old World cooking, Southern classics, and the idea that the best way to get to know someone is to break bread with them.” He and his wife live in Water Valley, are renovating an 1840 home, and have a dog named Scufflegrit. How could I not love these folks?
Pappardelle Bolognese for Rand and Capellini Puttanesca for me. It was love at first bite! They will be #1 on my list for a while.