Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Yesterday they came and replaced the baseboard and trim, and re-stretched the carpet. Only hours later, the effects of Hurricane Sandy came to pound our west-facing home for hours and hours and hours.  And...you guessed it, it leaked. A lot.   

It had passed the garden hose test a couple weeks ago. I guess a garden hose is no match for the wind and blowing rain.  So now we're back at square one and I'm incredibly frustrated and on the verge of tears.

I don't know what the next step will be exactly.  Maybe they'll pull down all the stone, replace the window, both, or neither. I'm nervous about the state of the OSB underneath it all. Is it the window?  The stone?  Both?  One thing is for sure, it probably won't be done in time for me to unpack and decorate for my Thanksgiving guests.  

I don't know much about construction, but a friend sent me a link to this article (click here) explaining how porous stone is and how it should be installed to create a drainage space behind it like brick has.  I don't know if this is an option, but I'm going to ask J, at the risk of coming off like a jerk.  I hope I don't offend him or come off like a know-it-all. Desperate times call for desperate measures I guess. 


  1. Just checking for updates & to see if everything is fixed and you are now happy carefree homeowners! and.....to see more pics.

    That is the plan I am tossing around along with the stafford with lots of updates. Litchfield has more included already.

    Wanted to see if you would share pics from:
    breakfast room to kitchen. Kitchen to breakfast room. Greatroom to Kitchen. Kitchen to Greatroom. Dining room to Kitchen/greatroom and kitchen/greatroom to dining room. Thanks in advance!! I'm stressing out because I can't make up my mind what I want. Thanks.

  2. Hi Amanda! They came out and replaced/repaired all the exterior this week. Next week, they're going to finish fixing the interior (drywall, paint, trim). We love this floor plan and went back and forth over many of the ranches. It's bigger than we thought it would be based on the dimensions on paper. If you live near Stark Co, OH, you're welcome to come by and see it. Email me at buildingstorieswh@gmail.com if you want to. I'll take some pics after I clean this weekend ;) and post them for you. I probably have some from before we moved in, too. I'll also be updating the blog next week after the repairs are complete.

    1. Okay, sounds great! Look forward to seeing them. Take your time! :-)

  3. I apologize for not getting the pictures posted. We had a death in the family Sunday and this week has been busy.