The Home Stretch… Annex Renovations

Six more days…that’s all we have to finish it up. Yikes…maybe we shouldn’t have written that number out — now we’re a little stressed.  Oh well, we can do it! It’s really coming together. We can’t wait to reveal the four newly renovated rooms in the Annex…soon to be called the Longhouse.

Here is some more progress shots for you to enjoy.

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Here is Brett nailing the reclaimed wood headboards onto the wall, with direction from Joanne who is taking the picture.

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Brett’s waiting for Joanne to get the boards in place where she wants them. We are excited to see the end result.

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Putting the pieces together. Soon the unveiling!

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The painters, toasting to job well done! Francis, owner of Vermont Pro, and his crew, Greg, Andrew and Tyler, are rocking it!

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Yup Greg… it looks like you picked the right spot…

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Floor is in in the hallway…

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Paints done…now here come the decorative lights Joanne picked out for these windows.

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More built-in bunks for the upstairs rooms which have second rooms…these work well for families and friends traveling together.

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More coats of Polyurethane to keep the tops nice.

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The tile in the shower is done! All the way up on these guys!

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Custom made table lamps from old floor lamp parts, made by Conant Metal and Light… can wait to see all the different bedside lights we get.

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Joanne’s painting technique for the vanity tops. Recipe is reclaimed 2×4′s, some stain, some cream paint, some black paint and a whole lot of little bit here, a little bit there… sanding… a little bit here, a little bit there….

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Our crazy designer and friend, Joanne Palmisano (pretending to work the nail gun). She did a fair amount of the chop saw cutting…but she hates the sound of the nail gun, so she let Brett work that part. She is a truly a hands-on designer.

Final pieces coming… amazing recycled Sari throw blankets, recycled wood blanket decorative pillows, custom made end tables from recycled wood and stone… and decorative lighting made from recycled chicken feeders…

The final rush will be Monday… then fluffing pillows on Tuesday, ready for guests by Wednesday!

Huge shout out to Joe and Greg, our family from the mid-west, who came here to do all the construction of the renovation. This would not be happening without them! Thank you guys!!! You are the best!

Can’t wait!

Our best, Heather and Andrew


Almost there…Annex Renovations at Mad River Barn

We’re getting excited because the four rooms we are renovating in the Annex building (soon to be called the Longhouse) are coming together.  These parts are so important, making sure the place is insulated well, waterproofed, electricity in the right spots, energy efficient, and all that fun stuff…even though it is the design work in the end that gets all the credit.

The new annex rooms not only have plenty of space for you and your family (sleeping from 4 to six people) but these rooms will have televisions in them. Small luxury for those who are not staying in the barn building. Again, four of the eight rooms will be done…next year…the rest of the building.

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Exciting right! Insulation between the rooms. Those who have stayed in these rooms will totally appreciate this extra effort.

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Getting the stairs prepared for sheetrock after the soundproofing is done.

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There is always something to discuss…the details are too numerous to count. Thank goodness we are experts now — after the barn, this is easie-peasie. (Maybe we should not jinx ourselves…but it is a bit smaller of a project.)

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The tiny pieces of wood that we can’t use (according to Joanne that would be about 1 inch by 1/2 inch) we put to good use with some chocolate, graham crackers and a bunch of warm marshmallows!

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Joanne has a plan for these pieces of scrap stone she got at Burlington Marble & Granite! Nothing goes to waste with her!


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This is the hard part…paints change colors, depending on the wall, angle of light, time of day…Joanne tells us picking paint colors is the hardest part of her job. Phew…thank goodness that’s not our problem :) She has picked some! Yippee, painting starts today!

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Just getting the tile into the first bathroom. LOVE this old wood tile look… We are soooo excited!

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The stairs are sheet rocked and primed — Look how happy Gizmo is about this…See…he can barely contain himself.

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Joanne asked Brett to make the vanities again…He is happy about it (even though he looks so serious in this picture). Here he is in his garage working away. Everyone loves the reclaimed wood farmhouse tables he made for the restaurant, the pub tables and the bathroom vanities made from our reclaimed wood and metal. We kinda know what Joanne’s design is for the Annex vanities but we are not exactly sure. We know Joanne is having him use wood from our renovation (see the tops) and reclaimed dimensional lumber–that’s good enough for us. He is also making the end tables… We should see these puppies by the end of next week. Not sure we can wait that long — so excited!

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For those who don’t get excited about primer, sheetrock and insulation…you will love our new container gardens! Filled with herbs, tomatoes…and much more for the chef, for the restaurant. We stuck a few things in for ourselves as well. We’ve made a path for all our gardening guests to enjoy these beauties.

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We had to show you the pile of our vintage, reclaimed wood left over from the barn project and from the Annex building. We spent the weekend organizing it all. Now, if the rest of our lives could be so organized… Can’t wait till these pieces of red painted barn wood become round tables for the rooms!

We hope, when you are planning your spring breaks, summer vacations, fall foliage tours or winter ski trips, that you’ll come stay, eat and be merry with us at Mad River Barn.

That’s it for now… less than 30 days! The count down begins…better book your room now :)

Our best, Heather and Andrew