Progress and Patina
Architect Joan hadn’t been up to the manor for a while, but I prepared her for the lack of progress. Any progress that happened in the last few months has been internal; in the walls are yards and yards of cable and plumbing. Maybe Joan can find some satisfaction in this, but speaking as a decorator: ho hum! I know this is silly but along with looking for signs of progress—sheetrock, windows, etc.—I also would love to see signs of aging like cracked stucco or ivy crawling up the walls. My Styrofoam blocks may be the latest, most energy-efficient building material, but is not the material to choose if one is looking for any kind of patina. Hopefully the stucco I’ll apply will do that. The most I can expect from the Styrofoam is the look of an over-used ice chest sitting in a garage. Covering the walls with Boston ivy as I propose to do, will look great, but now I am way ahead of myself.
Speaking of ivy, I have a meeting scheduled this weekend with a highly recommended landscaper. Not knowing much about this process, I’m excited about what he has to say. One thing I do know is that this will have to be done in stages: one tree, one bush, one flower, one seed at a time. First priorities are ivy to cover the walls, and some kind of visual blocking for my bedroom. Even if there are only about two cars a day on the road, those two cars can look directly into my room.
As surprising as this sounds, contractor Mitch did not deliver the promised door/window last week. At least I have a picture of it so I know it does exist, whether it’s for my house or not, I’m not certain, but there is a beautifully fabricated steel door (without glass) out there somewhere. I hope it’s mine; it will look great in my house.
Since there’s not much new to report on the house, I guess next week’s topic will be landscaping. It’s so great to learn about something new, a whole new field out there I have had little or no experience with. Think of the possibilities…