The weather has turned cold, but progress is being made. Yesterday the work crew, headed by Jacques « Coco » Aubin, returned to work as scheduled. We were glad to see them. A week without hammering and sawing was peaceful, but the attic job needs to be finished.
When Coco came in, Walt went to talk to him. "We're putting the staircase in today," Coco announced. We were surprised. We had been operating on the assumption that the stairs would be the last thing put in.
But flooring still needs to be put down upstairs. And closet doors. All the taping and mudding of the plasterboard has to be finished.
To protect the stairs for the duration of the travaux, Coco and his crew taped pieces of cardboard to all the steps. That will work, I think, to keep the bare wood from getting too dirty as the crew runs up and down.
At the end of the day yesterday, we were able to walk up the stairs ourselves. Callie came up too, but she didn't like it. I'm sure she'll get used to the staircase. It's pretty steep, and fairly narrow. But it occupies its space unobtrusively. I like it.