25 May, 2009

We Got It - Tree and All!

We got it! Negotiations went well, and we are the proud new owners of an inn in Hiawassee, GA. The first order of business for us was removing that huge tree from in front of the house. We knew there was going to be some landscaping work done, and we were sure the tree was not going to figure into our plans. We found a great contractor, and he set the tree-pullin' wheels in motion. We travel among Hiawassee, Charlotte (home), and Atlanta (hometown) a lot these days, so the tree was pulled on a weekend when we were not in Hiawasse. The contractor reported that the house looked better already - you could see it from the driveway, and it looked welcoming. Unfortunately, when the tree came up, so did a water main. That was no good, but they were able to replace the main fairly easily. No harm, no foul. We have had our first bump in the renovation road. Hopefully, things will go more smoothly from here.

Before (with tree)

After (without tree)

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