Construction Update or Apple to the Rescue!

construction update, new porch
construction update, new porch

New addition looking beautiful—love the Chinese Chippendale rail

WThis construction update today was the most challenging of my blog career—LOL!  Apple gets the credit for this post. Thank you to Dan in Arizona, Erica in New Mexico and Danielle in Tennessee. Yes, it took three Apple experts and almost seven hours with Apple Care to solve the problem! Mr. P. and I had two phones, my laptop and a shared screen with Apple for most of the day. Thank goodness we weren’t on FaceTime as we were in PJs and taking turns eating, typing, and taking the puppies out. (It takes two or more people when these things happen.)

Note to self and others, ALWAYS buy Apple Care. Go Apple!

Construction updates happen on laptops, too. It seems that all the passwords—the keychain password and the Apple ID password (and everything else I own) were trapped in the Cloud. They all took an early Labor Day vacation. I hate it when that happens. The Cloud vacation had to be grounded, so I could post today. Do Clouds drink? I think they party a lot up there. My editor tells me I need to read The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media by John Durham Peters. I don’t think so!

Construction is going great up here in the mountains. We have decks, walls, paneling, tile, electricity and water! The new cedar shake roof is beyond words—we decided to re-roof the entire house. The pickwick paneling is lovely and the new Gothic stone fireplace is just the most beautiful thing ever! Mr. P’s new rustic porch includes poplar bark, barn wood and a massive stone fireplace—with a TV connection. His grill kitchen has a huge window that opens out 90°. He is a man of few requests, but the rustic porch, grill area and massive window bar were his must-haves.

Take a look at what a ‘Party in The Cloud’ provided for us today—a construction update!

construction update=laundry room

New laundry room with great view of the garden


construction update the new mudroom

Mudroom at the back door, great for boys and dogs—and Gracie loves it!


new pantry and puppies

New pantry just off  kitchen—and puppies looking for their food bowls


construction update-flower sink

New window, my flower sink area


new office area

New office area—all electronics and files hidden (I hope)


grill kitchen and bar

Grill kitchen has window that opens all of the way out with seating area underneath


french doors to screened porch.

Doors open on to a screened porch—Gracie hates bugs!


construction update fireplace

Gothic stone fireplace


construction update-bathroom

Small bathroom—in case someone gets dirty


construction update-stone fireplace

Mr.P’s rustic porch, the most complete area of the entire addition (he added TV over fireplace)


poplar bark porch

Mr. P’s favorites—poplar bark, barn wood and stone (and Janie finding pizza crust)


Chinese Chippendale rails

Chinese Chippendale rails and stairs lead to new level garden area


level walled garden

Short wall filled with flowers and a small path—coming soon


fire pit area

Enlarged fire pit area to have stone


new entry garden.

Love the new stone walls in the entry—plantings on the way


walled garden

Boxwood to edge end of stone wall (to protect the Cherry tree roots from damage)—love that dumpster!


xo♥, Lissy
All photos by Lissy Parker for You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.




  1. Reply

    Design Chic

    August 31, 2016

    Can’t technology just drive you crazy, but what would we do with out it – happy you got yours back in shape. Your addition is looking so good, Lissy – love seeing your vision come to life. The stone on the porch is gorgeous and I love the gothic mantel! Can’t wait to see more…happy Wednesday!

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      August 31, 2016

      I am so happy to have it all working again—slow here because now the tower is down. LOL

  2. Reply

    C McNally

    August 31, 2016

    Terrific update!! Love Billy’s porch!

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      August 31, 2016

      Thank you! New gutters being installed today and the cabinet man was here to pick up an antique to use in the bathroom.

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    Jenny Ling

    September 1, 2016

    Love the rustic wood on porch ceiling!!

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      September 1, 2016

      Thank you, the wood is old barn wood and is a real puzzle to work with. The lengths and widths never match.

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    Susan Griffin

    September 2, 2016

    You must be so happy with the way the project is looking! You have done an amazing job that will bring you, your family, and friends much pleasure!

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      September 5, 2016

      Thank you so much! We can not wait to have a huge ‘Addition’ warming party.

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    Cathy Garrett

    September 30, 2016

    Everything looks great! In the sixth picture the office area. What is that on the walls?

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      September 30, 2016

      Cathy, It is wood paneling called Pickwick paneling. It looks amazing!

  6. Reply

    Lisa Carll

    August 3, 2018

    I follow your blog and love all your posts! I especially love House Crush! The remodel is
    gorgeous, and I especially love your new windows and doors. I am planning a major remodel this year
    and wondered if you would share the manufacture/source for your new windows and french doors. They
    are exactly what I am looking for! Thank you for all your wonderful posts!


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