The Cross House
Anybody walking by the Cross House last year could not help but notice a LOT happening.
Here is what the house looked like when I purchased it:
But this year it appears, appears, that nothing is happening.
At least from the exterior.
Inside though is another story.
In 2015 the living room went from this:
In 1999 there was a (gulp) fire in the house. Water damage destroyed all the plaster in the library, and for the next fifteen years it was a gutted space longing to be whole again:
Another major project was restoring the original finish to all the trim in the parlor and library. It looks really lovely.
In the spring I had the radiator system reworked and revamped and reconfigured, and this work is now 96% done. The bill was the size of the Titanic, and I have been paying this off in installments. So, until it is paid, no more hired help!
The plan was for me to then start painting the north facade of the Cross House, with the hope of finishing it by the end of the year. Then, the two main facades would be be painted and, wow, what a difference that would make. Wow. Wow!
But…this nobel effort was thwarted by a tenant wanting to rent the carriage house, so all my attention was suddenly diverted to this new project.
Sigh. BIG sigh. I have not emotionally recovered from this thwarting, and have a deep Y E A R N I N G to be painting the great north wall.
I have done numerous posts on the work going on with the carriage house, and each passing week sees more tasks accomplished. The work is slow because I cannot hire any help until the Titanic is paid, and much of my time is consumed by my business. But each week sees some progress on the carriage house. Baby steps, baby steps.
There have been a multitude of other small tasks accomplished so far in 2015, but the above are the highlights.
If all goes well, by the end of the year all the secondary roofs (towers and porches) will have been done, and the built-in gutters redone. This work will be paid via the grant the Cross House received. There should also be several more stained-glass windows restored.
In short, while it is not readily obvious to anybody walking by the Cross House, a lot has happened in 2015, and with more still by years end.
In December I look forward to the return of the 3-story Christmas tree of lights (bigger and better for 2015!), and above the tree will be the new roof on the pointy tower.