December Update 2014: Windows, Doors, Stairs and Wreaths

This December has proven a busy one for Jonathan and I as we continue to work non-stop on our home.  We are also planning the farm season for next year and working our full-time jobs.  Finding a balance of work and rest is a constant struggle for us.

We got a late start on our wreath-making this season, thus only making a couple of wreaths for the practice of it.  We used all vines, greenery and berries on the farm.  Next season we hope to actually make some wreaths to sell with dried farm flowers and greenery.  This is Jonathan’s first wreath ever given to my sister for her front door!  I love how wild it is.  We have a long way to go with the wreath learning but are off to a good start.

Jonathan's first wreath
Jonathan’s first wreath

Early December we completed our stairs.  We plan on building a recessed bookshelf in the living room that follows the staircase.  The stairs were extremely challenging and we couldn’t have done it without the help of accomplished carpenter, Daryl White in Hillsborough. He helped us lay out the stringers and Jonathan and I built everything else on our own.  Thanks Daryl!

Staircase
Staircase
Down the stairs
Down the stairs
closet under the stairs
Closet under the stairs
Megan installing stair treads and risers
Megan installing stair treads and risers

We are also quite excited that we finished installing our windows and doors on December 27th and they are just gorgeous!  They are energy efficient casement windows and we are delighted with the way they seal out the cold and let the light into the house.  It certainly added character to the house to see them go in!  Thank you Jeremy Coerper for teaching us how to install our windows and doors.

South view of the house
South view of the house
Jonathan Caulking windows over the kitchen
Jonathan caulking windows over the kitchen
South side
South side
south side windows for passive solar heat
South windows for passive solar heat and winter light
winter light
Winter light
front door and windows leading to the porch
Front door and windows leading to the porch
A happy Jonathan
A happy Jonathan!!
More windows!
More windows!
Megan caulking windows in our bedroom-to-be
Megan caulking windows in our bedroom-to-be

Coming next (if the weather will ever cooperate): The tin roof!

Stay tuned for a January update with more photos!