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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Kitchen work is beginning at Stephen's Home

Over the past couple weeks the framework for the central area 
of the main kitchen was started. The needed preparation for the massive
ventilation system that will go in, as required by local authorities, 
you can see in these photo below. We are required to have
restaurant regulation sized piping to make sure gas from the stove
exits through the proper systems, 12 inch piping. 

Once the wood framework was up, I got to work on the artwork.
I've wanted to kitchen to be a special place of learning for these young men and we've tried to make it both easy to get around in, but also an enjoyable place with the anticipation that much time and sharing will happen here in this part of the home.





Valic and his worker who did all this set up,
now putting in a dividing wall between what will be the stove/oven area and the
work space for the guys on this of the dividing wall.


minor problem, took a few times to get it perfect


Not Michelangelo or Da Vinci
I prefer Monte or Renoir




my vantage point
the first couple days I was a bit frightened to even move
the structure sways very easily, though it won't fall, I'm told

I've watched so many of the workers up on the scaffolding much higher than
I am here, I just pray no one gets hurt in the process



took a few times to get the spacing correct for this large timepiece



Maxim is working diligently to get a number of the other details
in the home completed. Along with Valic's help we have a
small bathroom for the teams, as they come, there's now facilities
available on their floor. 


Maxim specializes in electricity and technical aspects
that I know nothing about, these sconces on the columns are some of his handy work.



Thursday, June 13, 2019

In trying to make sure all the little details get accomplished, as other big projects are getting completed we seem to have and endless flow of items moving from one part of the home to another, moving stuff out of the way, so projects can get completed. That challenges things as one day work is being done in one spot and I return to it the next day and all my materials have been moved so they have to hunted down and rearrange and then begin again. Time often disappears trying to get things together and cleaned up so work can begin again. Here's some completed projects and some that are just getting started. 


work on the fireplace getting completed


extension getting started on the boys bedroom, the one large room for 4 guys



main bathroom, everything in place and hung


design for the guest bathroom tiling


getting started on the main kitchen, the island


our little helper, Johnny Boy, he likes to be in on the action 



Friday, May 24, 2019

Deadline number ONE: May 10 - Get the first bathroom, 
which is the main bath, completed. The deadline got set back a week as Maxim and his wife have been quite sick and needed time off. NOW...We just have a mirror to hang in the outer sink area, but otherwise, this bathroom is complete.





This area above the sinks will be where the mirror will hang, 
it's a large and bulky design.

THE MAIN HALL CEILING

The finishing stain of the higher areas of the ceiling going on.
The idea of a contrast between the woods is just as pretty as hoped for.


The lower areas of the ceiling are remaining natural 
with a clear lacquer coating only.

TIS THE SEASON
The roads out in Dari'vka right now are just lined with Iris' 
of every color right now, it's just beautiful.

Friday, May 3, 2019

FIRST DEADLINE WE'RE TRYING TO MEET
MAY 10th
as so much is happening at Stephen's Home
In and attempt to complete one room and then the next and then the next...
we've put up a big wall calendar in our office with all of our goal dates
so we can visually see "what's next on the list."
And though that list seems never ending, 
September 1st is going to be here before we know it, and hopeful everything on our list will be checked off and the house will be about completed, Lord willing.

Here's where were at from this weeks work adventure.






stain work will be next
the higher ceiling area will be dark with the lower ceiling a clear lacquer

OUT IN THE THERAPY GARDEN
amidst the mess


at the base of our fruit trees, the flowers survived



apple blossoms



pear blossoms


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Over this past week


INSULATION & A FINE LAYER OF CEMENT FINISH GO ON




THIS PICTURE ABOVE SHOWS THE CEMENT 
ON THE INSULATION SURFACE






KITCHEN CEILING




MAIN HALL CEILING



SNOW BEDROOM DOOR




SHELVES FOR THE MAIN BATHROOM




 SASHA & I WORKED ON LACQUERING THE SHELVES


our new addition to the home, Johnny Boy
HE LIKES TO HELP AND BE HELD
MAXIM IS WORKING ON GETTING THE SNOWROOM LIGHTS UP



SPACKLING ON INTERIOR WALLS GETTING COMPLETED


HOUSEPARENTS BEDROOMS, FLOORING COMPLETED



GOD IS SO VERY GOOD!