February 12th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
It's been almost 14 (very long) months now since the fire. Annette and Hera lost their home and escaped narrowly with their lives in a 2008 Christmas Eve fire that destroyed nearly everything. Our showroom was just across the breezeway and we suffered enormous damage as well, but nothing compared to the devastation for Annette and Hera.
Rebuilding has been an incredible process. Annette has been involved in every detail of the new house, incorporating all kinds of cool green technologies into it, from super effective foard insulation panels, to solar panels, radiant heating, passive solar, bamboo flooring, energy-saving lighting and appliances and on and on.
The house is a showcase for green technology and a fitting tribute to the original circa 1814 farmhouse Annette lovingly restored about 10 years ago. We're excited for Annette and Hera as they start to move back in and get re-settled. It's been a long cold 14 months hanging out in a temporary trailer next to the rubble, while tending to all of the organic farming chores that didn't go away just because the house burned down. We salute you guys and look forward to seeing you relaxing on the couch together with a good book and a cup of tea.