It’s a gorgeous, sunny week with a holiday tossed right in the middle…pure perfection! This Tuesday Tidbits is a little more “behind the scenes.” We have been working on small, mundane tasks within the house but the truth is we need to get the door trim/casing finished to truly wrap things up.

We have two arched doorways that we are having trim custom made and it has been 6 months in the works (no joke). We measured everything out (which proves very interesting with a large arch) and sent it off to the big architectural company we had recreate one of the missing original windows. These guys specialize in recreating things on old homes. They are high end and their work is amazing. We sat and waited…knowing it would take a few months. Long story short, we somehow fell to the bottom of the pile and what we thought was in the works was not even started. It happens…life goes on. We realized during this time frame that they may not be the best people to handle this (plus, they are several states away which adds another difficult element).

So, I did what any 40+ year old female would do and I called my dad. My parents live in the Middlebury/Shipshewana area and happen to know a lot of the Amish contacts. After running around to severals different homes/shops, my dad found someone willing to take on our small (but very difficult) task. So, we are in the process of getting new measurements and drawings to this guy. For whatever reason, this has been one of those tasks that simply drives me crazy. I hate (HATE) that the doorways are not fully complete. And because the doorways are not complete, the trim on those walls is not complete. And because the trim on those walls are not complete the flooring threshold is not complete. And because the flooring threshold is not complete……… get the idea.

Inside of doorway heading into breezeway:

Outside of doorway in breezeway (heading into the kitchen):

Flooring situation that still needs a threshold piece:

Doorway in office (which we will open back up) that needs custom work as well:

You can see the original frame (which is amazing that it was left while someone covered it up):

Even our “main view” from the foyer will change once the arched opening by the breezeway is totally done. I’m just ready for it to be O.V.E.R.

Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July holiday!! Thank you for following along!




  • July 3, 2018 Reply


    We understand your frustration AND your patience. What you have accomplished is overwhelming to your fans.

  • July 3, 2018 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Hang in there. It sounds like your Dad may have an answer with his Amish contact. There are many very skilled craftsmen in that area. Try to keep your chins up and something will work out in the end. Happy 4th of July to you too…

  • July 9, 2018 Reply

    Karen Petsovich

    There is a Facebook group called “Old Michigan Houses” I think you would like! Look it up if you haven’t already joined.

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