Waypoint House

Address: 211 S Church St. Berryville, Va    Reservation Line: 540-955-8218

Renovation

The Big Reveal

It took two weeks from start to finish, but we are ready to show the big reveal of our wallpaper project!

First, I have to give a very big thanks to Terry Ashby of The Cutting Edge wallpaper service. Thanks to him, the process was easy and efficient, and we are so pleased with the results!

One of our worries upon starting this project was how the old wallpaper would come down. I’ve done quite a bit of wallpaper removal myself, and you just never know how the process will go. I was fairly confident that most of what was on plaster walls would come down just fine. We knew there were several drywall additions, though, and I was suspicious that at least one area had multiple layers of paper to get through.

In just two days, though, all the walls were ready for priming. Jonathan and I tackled that chore. Once that was done, we also painted the bottom half of the walls with the new color we had already selected. We knew it was important to get all of out painting done ahead of the paper installation. That way, there was no need to worry about painting near, or splattering on, the new wall covering.

Terry and crew were able to install like the wind after that. In just two and a half days, they transformed the space. Finally, my in-house carpenter (AKA, Jonathan) was able to install the chair railing, and just like that, our lovely lady now looks stunning in her new dress!

More updates to come

In other news, there continues to be great progress on the new roof. We’ve only lost a couple of days of work due to poor weather, and the crew is currently working on the south side of the house which will be the easiest section as there are no angles or valleys to contend with. I’m still very eager for the copper accent roof on the bay window to go on, but I know my patience will be rewarded, and I’m looking forward to sharing that update with everyone soon.


Celebrating Our Five-Year Anniversary and Our June Improvements

It’s been a very exciting first two weeks of June, and today is a very special day for us. Today we are celebrating our five-year anniversary and our June improvements are underway!

Yes, that’s right, it’s already been five years here at Waypoint House and we still love every minute of it.  By itself, that’s a pretty big deal this week, but also we’re right in the middle of our planned June improvement projects.

Aside from the little hint I gave you in the last blog, we are also undertaking having the roof replaced – a new hat for our old girl, as we like to say.  Ironclad Contracting has been on the scene taking the old roof off section by section and re-installing our beautiful new standing seam metal roof.  We are already so pleased with the progress.  The cherry on top will be when our side bay window receives a new copper roof that we think is going to be a really spectacular accent.  I can’t wait until I have photos of that to show you!  It will be the last thing the contractor does, so we must be patient for a few more weeks.

The interior work is underway as well. The front hallway, stairwell and second floor hallway will have all the wallpaper replaced.  We will install chair rail molding and paint the bottom portion of the walls.  Jonathan has already primed and painted the molding for installation and today the wallpaper removal process started.  I’m also doing some touch up painting on the second floor hallway doors and trim so that everything has a nice, clean, polished look.  We’re calling the wallpaper project the new “dress” for our dear girl!  So, a new hat and a new dress for our lovely lady as we celebrate our five year anniversary – not too shabby!  Stay tuned for more updates as progress continues!


Spring Rejuvenations

Spring finally seems to be arriving and we’ve been working on some spring rejuvenations. The days are warmer and we get an extra bit of time each evening before the sun goes down to complete our outside chores (of which there are many this time of year). As you may know, we have a tendency to be involved in some sort of home improvement project on a nearly ongoing basis. Whether it’s outside or inside, we’re almost constantly working on something. We can’t help it. We’re compulsive. We just want to continually make things better. Early on, Jonathan and I had this instilled in us. For me, perhaps, my 4-H days are partially to blame. Any former 4-H kids out there remember the 4-H motto? *Raises hand with enthusiasm as only a nerd at heart would do.* “To make the best better.” Yep, that’s us.

Recently, it’s been outdoor updates keeping us busy. It is spring, after all. The lawn has needed some thatching and reseeding, and we’ve annexed a bit more garden space for our herbs and vegetables this year. I really enjoy being able to bring fresh things from our yard right to the breakfast table and I keep looking for new ways to be able to do that. I just have to figure out where to put those blueberry bushes I want…

Spring Rejuvenations: Our garden annex for 2017

Spring Rejuvenations: Our garden annex for 2017

The most exciting news, however, is that we have two very big projects planned for this summer. Big in scope and big presence. These changes will be zingers.

We’re going to need a little time off to accomplish it all though. We are planning to keep the work mostly to weekdays in the month of June, so if you are considering a weekend visit this summer, we still have you covered. Plan ahead though, folks. With three rooms, we tend to fill fast.

There will be lots of photos and updates through the blog, Facebook and Instagram. If you don’t follow us on either social media platform, now would be a good time to start. Links to our social media pages are in the sidebar of this page. Go have a gander.

“But what are these projects?” you are saying to yourself right now. “Aren’t you at least going to give us a hint?” Okay – one hint:

Getting ready for some changes at Waypoint House Bed and Breakfast

Getting ready for some changes at Waypoint House Bed and Breakfast

 


Open for Business! Our Renovation Reveal

We made it!  We worked up until the very last day, but were ready for our re-opening on December 30, and graciously welcomed our guests!  What a delight to finally make our renovation reveal! We had a terrific New Year’s Eve and served a delicious breakfast the next morning to a boisterous crowd around the breakfast table.  We are so grateful and would like to wish everyone a very happy 2014!  Come visit us this year!

I’ll have more photos to post in the days to come, and of course the room pages on the website will be updated, but I know Jonathan is going to want to obsess over just the right angle and just the right lighting for a while!  For now, here is a photo of the updated Shore Room, which is the one I have been dying to show you all.

Renovation reveal - The newly updated Shore Room

Renovation reveal -The newly updated Shore Room

Remember what it looked like before?

Shore Room

Shore Room

Six weeks seemed like a lot of time in the beginning, but in the end it went by very quickly.  The list of things we got accomplished is long.  Shall we do an accounting?  Here we go:

  • Removed two old oil tanks; Replaced with one large, new tank
  • Removed old boiler; Added new, energy efficient boiler
  • Created a dual zone heating system to heat the guest section of the house separately from the owners’ quarters
  • Replaced valves to all radiators so all of them now function!
  • Repaired/re-pointed foundation of house
  • Repaired Front Porch, including replacing several rotting beams
  • Removed old metal roof on porch and replaced with new, custom metal roof
  • Re-routed and replaced guttering on front of house to direct water away from the porch
  • Removed old floor in back entry; Added new joists and insulation and re-floored
  • Insulated and added new dry wall to basement entry room
  • Removed and replaced basement stairs
  • Removed florescent lighting fixture in back entry/laundry room and replaced with new LED down lights
  • Relocated washer and dryer from old closet to the back entry room; added new plumbing to accommodate this relocation
  • Created a new pantry area from the old washer closet
  • Removed all aging smoke detectors and replaced with new smoke/carbon monoxide detectors – six in total
  • Removed window casings from Shore Room; Removed old window counterweights, and insulated weight well
  • Removed all paint layers from window casings, repainted and put back in place
  • Removed and replaced toe kick in Shore Room
  • Stripped and repainted baseboard molding in Shore Room
  • Removed old flimsy closet shelves in Shore Room and replaced with a custom built system
  • Re-secured bead board to walls in Shore Room where needed
  • Repaired plaster cracks in Shore Room
  • Removed wall paper from headboard wall in Shore Room
  • Repainted Shore Room, top to bottom.
  • Re-positioned ceiling fan junction box to center of room in Shore Room, removed old ceiling fan and replaced with a new ceiling fan.
  • Refinished floors in Shore Room
  • Built a new, custom headboard for Shore Room
  • Removed wallpaper from accent wall in Traveler’s Retreat
  • Repainted Traveler’s retreat, top to bottom
  • Removed wallpaper in Traveler’s Retreat bathroom
  • Repainted Traveler’s Retreat bathroom
  • Added a polyurethane coat to wood bath surround and vanity cabinet in Traveler’s Retreat bathroom
  • Added a new tile step-out area in front of the shower in Traveler’s Retreat bathroom
  • Added new, LED down lights above shower and tub areas in Traveler’s Retreat bathroom
  • Repaired plaster cracks, second floor hallway
  • Removed and replaced toe kick, second floor hallway

Quite a list when you look at it that way!  We are looking forward to a great birthday year for the house.  We think we gave her a good start and we look forward to having everyone come visit us soon so you can see all of this for yourselves.

I’ll keep posting in the weeks to come.  We have a few more details to finish out (remember those new lighting fixtures for the Traveler’s Retreat bathroom I mentioned?) so stick around.  It’s going to be a great year!

-R