The 1850 Octagon House is not quite complete and already Jim and Sam are on to a new project, restoring an 1857 stone house to save it from demolition. Sam will take the lead on this project as Jim is old and worn out. Jim will still provide advice and encouragement when needed and maybe a little help, but this will be a test of all Sam has learned in the last four octagon years. Here we go again!
Things are framing up. I no longer have to rely upon upon a ladder to ascend to the second floor. Jim spent two weeks building the double winder staircase. The subfloor has been installed in the original house section and the addition. Blue spruce is a fine light contrast to the aged patina of the ash timbers. All the windows are installed. I am now turning my attentions to furring out the walls and ceiling for the electrician, plumber, and most of all the insulator. Electricity has been connected to the house, although a good handsaw and plane go quite a distance. With any luck and a lot of continued persistence the house will be closed up by snowfall. Sam