Sunday, September 20, 2009

Come With Me....

Come with me on what has become my daily drive from my current home that I sold and am renting back from the new owners to my new home that I am remodeling so we can move into it. Every day I drive 3o miles/45 minutes to the new for 6 hours or so and then drive home. It is like a REAL job!

Today it is raining. It has been raining for about 3 weeks now. Mr. Comforts of Home is coming with me today and driving. Normally he is working at his REAL job and can't come to the new house to work.

I have a nice area of the world to drive through.

Look! Some fall color in the picture below!

This is Hendersonville...Main Street....The town I am moving away from. It is a very charming small town.

Halfway between my old home and my new home is this huge flea market. Today it is raining so not very many people are here. Even though it is huge, it is really like a BIG bad yard sale. Not a great flea market.

See the picture below? Remember my post the day after we purchased the house? We had a pipe burst in this powder room and flood the first floor. We had hoped that our insurance would pay for it, but because they determined the pipe was broken PRIOR to use purchasing the house, they would not pay. Even though the flood happened AFTER we bought the house. We are not very happy with our insurance company right now.
Anyway, this is the powder room. The floor in it has been removed, waiting for the sub floor to dry.

The adjacent, eat-in kitchen, dining, living and great room all had to be sanded (because they warped and stained with the flood) and refinished. Below is after the first sanding and first refinishing coat. They still have to sand it and coat it two more times. In the mean time I can't get in there and do any painting. Hopefully they will be done by the middle of this coming week.

Here is another picture of the fireplace redo, taken from the great room and without all of the scaffolding in the way. Obviously it still needs to be sanded and painted. Then we will add the travertine tile front and the mantel and corbels.

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!
Welcome Home,


  1. What awful luck with that plumbing. I thought you were going to say that the insurance wouldn't pay because of what we had a year ago. If water comes up, they don't pay. If it goes down, they do. Ours came up from a pipe bursting under the concrete. So we paid. Good grief, I'm wondering why we even have insurance. Haven't helped us a bit on this house. Good luck with the rest!

  2. That's a shame about the insurance company not paying for the flood damage. However, your floors and the fireplace are looking nice and hopefully, you won't have any more surprises!

  3. So sorry about the insurance company. I LOVE Hendersonville...but my favorite area there is the road between Bat Cave and Chimney Rock. I just love the Rocky Broad River. I can't wait to get up there in a couple of weeks! Not sure what direction you are heading from when you leave Hendersonville....but up there almost everywhere is a great drive!

  4. Everything seems to be coming along good. Congats on selling your home so fast. At least you won't have that worry on you. Your fireplace looks really good. Can't wait to see it all finished.
    Don't work too hard,

  5. Hi Penny,
    I just went back and read through several of your posts...and I have to say, you are amazing, friend! You sound so calm...wish I was so cool and calum when going through stressful situations. Moving is stressful enough without bursting pipes. Well, your hardwoods are going to look brand new when they are all done...that will be great! I sure hope your insurance company comes to it's senses! Ummmm, maybe you could report them to whatever state agency monitors insurance companies...can't think of the name right now. I love all the great things you have planned for your home...this is very exciting following along! I believe you could join in for Met Monday every single week with all the changes! :-)

  6. You live in a beautiful part of our beautiful country. Mimi

  7. It is always so disappointing to try to work with insurance companies. You pay your fees to them and then they don't help you out when you need it. Would the former homeowners still have had it insured? The bank? Maybe their insurance would cover it? At any rate, I can't believe how quickly you have whipped this house into shape and how quickly you will be moved. It alredy looks so fresh and pretty and when you do your magic with furniture and accessories it will be stunning:>)

  8. Hi Penny,
    Thanks for the drive photos. I can't believe that the insurance company would not pay. What's the point of homeowner's insurance? The floors look beautiful, and I can't wait to see the fireplace finished. Your furniture is going to look stunning in this room. That is the best part about moving, that everything you own looks brand new in it's new home.


  9. That's too bad that the insurance company won't pay! You home is turning out to be so nice with all of your changes. The fireplace is going to be awesome!

    Lee Laurie

  10. Oh, those insurance companies work so hard not to pay out…
    It makes you wonder…


  11. If it wasn't raining so hard, I could have seen you drive by! lol Hope your week goes well working on the house! You are making changes that will make the house your dream home! Maybe we can meet for lunch one day or you can stop by and I'll make you lunch!

  12. That fireplace - can't wait to see it!
    Too bad about the insurance company's decision. I wouldn't be very happy with them either - perhaps a little chat when all is over and done, and some investigation of other companies (although the cynic in me offers that they may all be the same)

  13. Your daily trips remind me of the year my first husband and I built our home, in the country. That was 1973. Our home was about 35 miles from our new home. The old house sold in 24 hours. Two couples looked at it and the first couple bought it! Wow! Anyway, that put us on a quicker deadline than we thought we would have. Every morning I would get the older kids on the school bus and load my youngest into the car and away we would go to the new house, where I was staining all the trim and a few other sweat equity jobs. I'll never forget those trips! The kids' dad still owns the house and lives there, 36 years later.

    I sure hate to hear about your plumbing dilemma's!

    I love what you are doing with the fireplace wall!!

  14. Hi Penny,
    Things are really moving along how exciting for you both.
    I must say how pretty and green the county side looks,I know the rain must be a drag to drive in everyday, but it sure looks pretty and keeps everything green. We are still having awful heat waves, I wish it would stop, I want fall.
    Thank you for your comment on my blue toil, I ordered the plain Jane curtains from Country Curtains and just added trim they are really simple but nice. I will post them soon they are in our bedroom and I am still working on the room.
    Looking forward to seeing more process.
    Enjoy your day,

  15. Sounds like you may be getting even more rain today - flooding in the NC mountains according to the news. Hope all is OK where you are Penny - you certainly have had enough wet stuff! Drive carefully on your daily route. Hope it is lovely and dry we we visit.

    Can see where you're going with the fantastic chimney breast - will be awesome.

  16. Pooey on the insurance company! Thanks for sharing your ride with us... any drive in the mountains is always gorgeous!

  17. Oh my, lots of work, but so exciting. Sorry you're having trouble with the insurance company.

    Good luck with the fix up.


  18. Hi Penny,

    You have a lovely area to drive in, even in the rain :) I'm so sorry to hear about the insurance company. We had a similar issue years ago with a water leak and a big "nope" from the insurance company...Grrrr! I feel your pain on that one. It does look like it is coming along though!


  19. Hi Penny
    Oh boo about the pipe bursting!! thats not nice...and I would be really angry with my insurance company too!! Oh dear. But it looks like things are coming together. You sure do a full time job each day but a really nice one...going to your new home and working on exciting it is for you.

    Thank you for sharing some pics. The place looks lovely. You have nice hight ceilings...

    have a great evening

  20. Ummmm, yes, I would be so unhappy with the ins. company, too. Sometimes, they aren't very nice!!
    Everything is sure looking good, tho. That fireplace is going to be a killer. It will be sooo pretty.
    So will those floors....

  21. It looks a nice comute for now. I'm sure you'll be glad to just be moved in.

    That fireplace is going to be spectacular when you finish~no matter how you do it. I just can't wait to see how you make that big ol' space feel like home.

  22. Insurance companies can certainly be annoying. Their stand on this seems like it might be worth a challenge with the insurance commission.

    You know I love Hendersonville and the surrounding areas. You are so good about this big project. It is very obvious that you are keeping your eye on the glorious outcome.

    Good for you, Penny.

  23. Penny, your house is just going to be beautiful!! And how blessed we all are to have you share this journey with us! Nancy

  24. I am so sick of the rain Penny. Today I saw a peak of Sun. Keep plugging away. Your chase is looking great!

  25. Penny,

    I think you are making great strides and I can barely wait to see what the fireplace will be like. You are going to have so much fun decorating and we are going to have so much fun seeing how it looks.


  26. Can't wait to see it all done Penny! It look like it will be gorgeous!! Was the scafolding hard to put up?? I need rent some so I can finish painting the two story foyer and change out the light fixture.

  27. Hi Penny! Omgosh, I love it! What a beautiful floor! I enjoy seeing your photos of everything you've done so far. :)

  28. Wow - that's all I can say... It's going to be so amazing when it's finished! ♥ Diane

  29. Penny, this home is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see the finished product.