We received the structural report last week and James has met with a framer and the engineers to go over plans, so we're very close to submitting for our permit!!! Yay!!!!! If all goes according to plans, we could hopefully have our permit around the beginning of the year and get this party started! (Ok, enough with the exclamation marks, but I'm just so excited about progress.)
This past year has been full of growth and learning. James and I have hit our stride in communication and conflict resolution. I'm proud of him and the work that he's been doing. Because of him, we have found the property, saved it from being torn down, applied and received approval for the national tax credit, applied and received approval from the Historic Preservation commission for our paint, doors, windows with insulated glass, and recycled material shingles. The last two are huge because that doesn't usually happen, but James never gave up! We've gotten the historically accurate windows ordered and they are very close to being finished. (Watch for a future "story" with people from Wewoka Window Works. It's going to be good! The people there are awesome.)
We will now also have our building permit thanks to James. This is the work he's supposed to do according to our agreement, but you never really know what kind of partner you're going to get until you get into the thick of the work and I can safely say that I'm a very lucky person to have him as a partner and a friend. There are many things we've accomplished together and I'm grateful for our synergy. We've overcome struggles and challenges and have become even better friends in the process. In our discussions, we've talked about how easy it is to be overwhelmed by what we see ahead, but we help each other to remember that we just need to take it one day at a time, one task at a time and we'll climb that mountain together.
I'm so grateful and I can't wait to see the building become the physical manifestation of so many months of paperwork, applications, hard work, plans and dreams. Take a look at it because it's not going to look like this for long!