The Truth Can Finally Be Spoken

Construction?  What construction?

Yeah, there’s been a dearth of construction-related news here.

As the months and then years dragged on and our theoretically minor renovation project grew in scope and complexity, friends often asked how the work was progressing. My response?

Silence.

I couldn’t possibly talk about it without exposing my abject fear that the project would never end — and certainly not before June 4, the scheduled date of arrival of our first guests. How could I possibly have posted pictures like this, taken in March?

Granted, it was a huge step ahead of where we started….

… but we were at a point of no return.

Unlike last year, when we were able to put the project on hold and open the house for the summer rental season, there was no turning back from a hole in the floor where we wanted stairs to be.  So I wrote a nary a word and posted nary a pixel.

Thing is, I was scared witless (or something that rhymes with it).  Time marched on while we (“The Benano Split” — Paul and I and our friends/co-owners Jeff and Robin) anxiously awaited news of progress. Meanwhile, unaware of our angst about the construction schedule, our 2011 guests were paying their deposits and buying their tickets.

But it all came together just in time.  It was if we had written the plans.  And, in fact, we did.  We planned for it to be finished by early June, but maybe we should have been more specific … it was originally intended to be completed in June 2010.

But we’re so happy with the results that the extra year hardly seems to matter anymore.

Here’s another set of before and after shots:

More to come.