House Update Fall 2016

It has been a while since we did an update on our house, and since MOVING IN has been our main goal this year, it is time to show off our progress. Last time we posted we had just finished installing the cabinets. Since then, we have been checking off the items that we need to get our certificate of occupancy.

lightElectricity was the first thing on our list. Moving the power from the temporary pole to the house meant we were done with all the digging around the house and could get the grading done. To get the necessary permits to put power on the house, we had to install of of the electrical fixtures. We needed scaffolding to reach these fans in the living room, but once we had them, they made working inside a lot more pleasant.

living-roomNeeding to get the fixtures installed also gave us the push we needed to finish our porch. The porch is a major feature of the house and a big outdoor living space. We used beadboard for the ceiling and of course put up ceiling fans for summer comfort.

porch2porch1Once the fixtures were installed and the electrical trenching was done, we had the area around the house graded and a driveway installed. With each passing project it looks more and more like a finished house!

grading2 grading1While all this work was being done on the outside, on the inside we were working through our list and making the house feel more like home. Once we had the cabinets in, we moved on to the rest of the kitchen.

kitchenOne of our favorite features is our farm sink. We found this double drainboard sink on Craigslist. When we got it, it had several chips in the enamel, but we had it refinished and can’t wait to use this treasure!

sink-before sink-afterMegan installed a tile top on a reclaimed vanity and we installed the bathroom sink downstairs.

bathroom-sinkAnd we hired a colleague of Jonathan’s to do the tile in the shower. He did a great job.

showerUpstairs, we installed the wood floors that we reclaimed from our church’s 1891 chapel.

churchwood-floorBut one of our favorite projects, and one that makes a huge difference making our house into our home is the hearth and wood stove we installed. This is our Jotul F-1 that we found unused on Craigslist.

hearth2As you can see in the background, we have started on the window trim, the last big project before we can get our c/o. Once we do that we’ll still have a few more project like finishing the floors and installing interior doors, but we are getting closer and closer. So this winter, you know where we’ll be: Sipping hot chocolate in front of a fire, reveling in the hominess of our hearth and the comfort of our home.

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Spring 2016 Update

It has been a busy spring and early summer here at the farm and here are some photos of what we’ve been up to. We’ve been making slow but steady progress on our house but most of it isn’t the kind that looks good in photos. However the cabinets that we installed in the kitchen show up on the camera and give shape to a space that had previously been hard to picture. Enjoy the rest of the pictures of the farm, of our subscription bouquets, and of course of the ever-present Mr. Bingley.

Our cabinets!
Our cabinets!
Spring Forth Farm in April 2016.
Spring Forth Farm in April 2016.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets ready for delivery.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets ready for delivery.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets.
Spring Forth Farm subscription bouquets ready for delivery.
Jonathan with half the garlic harvest.
Jonathan with half the garlic harvest.
Garlic harvest curing in the barn.
Garlic harvest curing in the barn.
Zinnia bed.
Zinnia bed.
Mr. Bingley, fearsome hunter, enjoying a wallow in the crimson clover.
Mr. Bingley, fearsome hunter, enjoying a wallow (and a graze) in the crimson clover.

Weekly Bouquet Subscription

Subscription.jpegWe are excited to announce our first ever bouquet subscription. Each week this summer, you can have beautiful, fresh Spring Forth Farm flowers for your home, business, or office. Bouquet pick-up will be in downtown Hillsborough and Durham near the intersection of Broad and Guess on Friday afternoons. For more information and to register, please read our 2016 Subscription Info.

Aspen and Jack’s DIY Wedding Flowers

We love seeing what brides, grooms, and their friends and family create with our DIY flowers and foliage. We pick beautiful bunches of fresh, seasonal flowers and foliage imagining what unique creation the wedding party will make with our flowers.

Aspen and Jack’s late fall wedding featured the beautiful reds and purples of fall. Congratulations Aspen and Jack!

Aspen's DIY bridal bouquet. Photo courtesy of Martin Photography and Video (http://www.martinphotographyandvideo.com/).
Aspen’s DIY bridal bouquet. Photo courtesy of Martin Photography and Video (http://www.martinphotographyandvideo.com/).
Aspen and Jack's DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack’s DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack's DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack’s DIY flower arrangements.

Thank you to Aspen and Jack and Martin Photography and Video for sharing these pictures.

If you are interested in DIY flowers, please check out our DIY FAQs and look at more photos of beautiful DIY creations.