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26 Main St.
Windsor, VT 05089

802 227 0008

Pure. Fresh. Vermont

That's what we offer at the Snapdragon Inn. Join us for a  relaxing getaway and explore the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. 

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Some "good bones"


Everyday, the car park is packed with people who are helping us get closer and closer to opening this baby. The other day I was at JoAnns getting some fabric and the woman who helped me asked what I was doing and I told her about the project and she knew exactly which house it was and was so excited to know what all the work at that house was. She said that she has spent a lot of time in quintessential New England towns and that Windsor has some great "bones" as she said with beautiful architecture. Thanks Marianne! That was just what I needed to hear.

New Bannister

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There are lots of bits and pieces we have had to change for safety specifications. When we heard we needed a 2nd railing, we were wary to change the beautiful wood staircase but man, check out the new bannister that matches perfectly with the current wood color. Again, it's the little things.

Update: We are painting like maniacs in order to have as much done before next Tuesday when we are having ALL the floors refinished. There is SO MUCH WHITE TRIM TO BE PAINTED but it is worth the extra work and time because it looks so crisp and finished. Hopefully I will have some pictures of Room 1 and Bathroom 1 tomorrow as we are finishing those up.

Weekly update pix


Repaired broken glass panes throughout building

Dining Room Window

Chases built around piping and wiring (Room 3)

Installation of remaining lighting fixtures (Bathoom 6)

Mouldings here and there

Bookshelf construction in the library

The punch list continues to get shorter every day over in the Inn. Note: If you don't have experience replacing panes of glass (especially custom shapes as in our dining room) seek help because the cutting and putty-ing is not easy and you want your glass to stay in the windows ;)

A few Before and Afters

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There are so many many many steps that have gone into each bedroom to take it from where they were to where they need to be. Yes, the wall paper in Room 3 was very old and quite cool but we've been cleaning everything up. Stripping (not easy), Plastering, Sanding, Caulking, Puttying, Sanding, Sanding and finally Painting (which includes trim/window painting which is incredibly time consuming but so worth that clean, crisp edge) to take hundred year old walls and make them as smooth as we can manage.



Early on in the demo days we discovered a wall in Room 5 that was hiding some beautiful brick that we opted to uncover (so it could breathe). This week we filled the brick and cleaned it up (with the expertise of our local Chimney Charlie) and its looking very cool.




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As we wrote earlier, we discovered some great brick features in demolition that we decided to preserve and incorporate into the designs. Despite the drywall process being like a jigsaw puzzle, this area is coming together great. This bathroom it going to be a really unique and cool room.


We needed to take down the old plaster for a section of the wall, because it was in bad shape. This is what I found when I knocked it down:

This is a "behind-the-scenes" part of a fireplace in an adjoining room, but the geometry of it is just awesome. The dirty grey string is the original plumb line used when the house was built!

Still in progress:

Can't wait to be able to show you AFTER...


Cables, Cables, Everywhere...

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We have finished pulling coaxial cable and Cat5e cable to every guest room and the common areas that need it. Mike the Man somehow made the magic happen when he was able to figure out the cable chases for the third floor. He is very comfortable in tight dark spaces. We have a few more wires to run to power our video security system...but we are close. So, what do you get after you run thousands of feet of cable through a house that was not meant to have electricity?