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Busy week but much progress

This week has been really busy:

1) We chose our contractors to do the first phase of removals. Eight Point Construction really impressed us with the resources and expertise they brought to the project. They start work on Thursday removing all the finishes and unwanted modern fixtures (1930's/40's). They will also remove the wall in the Kitchen so we will get a sense of what it will be like as one room.
2) We visited New Paltz buildings inspector to get our permit. Stacy Delarede the buildings inspector came round to inspect the house and was wonderfully supportive and informative. Really nice to meet someone from the town who takes pleasure in her job and wants to be helpful. She was lovely and will have the permits for us next week.
3) Met with Frank from FJF who is removing the asbestos. We need to do this before the construction starts. He will be at the house Tuesday with tents and negative air fans that will make sure no asbestos dust gets into the air. Immediately after 8 point will rig up the temporary ducts for the heating.
4) We have arranged for the society for the preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture (Robert Stevens and Robert Sweeney) to visit the house on January 16th. We should be well into the "demo" phase by then so that should give them a good understanding of the structure and will allow us to show them anything we uncover.
5) Our blog has also attracted the attention of Richard Heyl de Ortiz, Director of Public Programs at Historic Huguenot Street. He has offered to help us with our renovation efforts, an offer we are likely to take up. They have an amazing library and historic documentation, especially about the Deyo and Elting families who both lived in the house. The houses (especially the Bevier-Elting house) on the Huguenot Street in New Paltz seem very similar in structure to ours.
6) Allison Rachleff, our friendly neighborhood architectural historian, has agreed to help us document the history and follow up on an apparent documentation with the "Historic American Buildings Survey" inventory in 1967. (The recorder is listed as Mrs Avery Smith, Kingston, yet the property does not seem to be listed anywhere). It was amazing to us to discover that there are only 11 properties in New Paltz on the National Historic Register. This area has a wealth of pre-revolutionary war properties that are not even documented, let alone protected. Allison is going to help us rectify this.


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