Some News about Lakeland
You may remember that the Lakeland house that Russ and I have been living in for the last two months was pretty darned great when we got it. We just wanted to do a few little upgrades before releasing it to the world (right now we think some lucky families may get it as a vacation rental this summer!).
So far I’ve added a window and new light fixtures in the gorgeous kitchen, and painted it to blend in with the rest of the family room area. And there is an exciting new master bath that I can’t wait to show you, as soon as it’s all clean and shiny! It has some custom features you won’t see anywhere else! It’s fun to fix up a house that’s not entry level every once in a while!
Here are some pictures of the current work, which is to repaint the dark entryway and family room a lighter color that still has the Mediterranean feel of the rest of the place. We just love how it reminds us of a villa in Italy! The color is “puce,” we’ve decided. That’s a greenish color to those of you who aren’t quite as into color names as the women on our team are. I’m “obsessed” (like the California lady on “Flip pr Flop” keeps saying) with this color. It makes me smile every time I go up and down the stairs.
I was also really happy with the painters, who are guys Russ and I have worked with before in our earlier days before Hermit Haus. They were in and out in a flash. These are the kind of folks we will use again and again–they followed instructions and met their deadlines! A welcome change from our recent experiences!
But, What about the Deck?
Faithful readers may remember earlier posts about the two-story deck we have planned to really make this place an oasis of fun. It got delayed for the usual reasons for our projects: waiting for permits. This time it was the local village, who had some pretty funny requests (like I had to personally draw a picture of the project, even though we’d sent in engineering drawings). The good news is we have permits! And Russell and I have fled town to go be with our families for the holiday weekend so that the deck team can power through that second level. We have been promised that it will be done by the end of the weekend.
We plan to have our company weekly meeting at the Lakeland house next week. We hope to share pictures of us hoisting an adult beverage and looking out at the beautiful Texas hill country from our new and lovely space!
But, Where Will You Be?
Well, since that last buyer withdrew from the Blue Ridge house, we decided to buy it for ourselves! We are empty nesters now, and the location is really convenient for all our work. Having a finished house to live in will give us more time to find and locate the “fixer-upper” we really want to get next–and any big repairs can be done without us having to live in the house. In the end, we all think it’s worked out for the best. It’s SUCH a cute house, and we’ll love all the work space in the garage, as well as the beautiful pergola out back.