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Meetings, meetings, and more meetings

I think I am all done with meetings. I am quite ready for the work to begin.

We had a meeting with a landscape designer and her partner-contractor. We really like both of them. Her name is Lisa Mierop and you can see some of her work here. Her partner is Frank Contey of Terra Graphics. We were quite impressed with their knowledge and inventiveness. And we seemed to have very good rapport, so they are the ones we chose to do our landscape work. Phase I is the backyard - clearing everything, except for a beautiful old linden tree, and leveling, so the kids have a safe place to play. The work includes new drainage, as the house is on the slope and there is a LOT of water coming down the hill when it rains. This work is slated for the spring.

The roof, ah, the roof... We had another meeting with our preferred architect, Mark Wright, about the scope of work. We told him what our total budget was and our concerns about the cost of the project. Apparently, we are so ignorant about the cost of this work that with the budget we had in mind we could get, well, one third of the roof we wanted. He's now gone back to the drawing board and hopefully we will have the plans we can use in a few weeks. It is almost September and this needs to be done before the winter.

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