A group of volunteers did demolition ahead of the beginning of Phase I of construction on the Main House.
Volunteer coordinator Mike Mattingly was joined by his son Jeff (a Prince George’s County firefighter), D.C. firefighters Scott “Smitty” Smith and Alex Graham, and Ted Smart of MDC Services LLC, our project’s construction manager, who is also a board member of the Home Builders Care Foundation.
The group removed all of the decking on the front and side porches, as well as the rails and soffits on the front porch. (The second-floor decking overlooking the waterfront already had been removed.)
“We probably removed 38,398 screws,” Mattingly said with a laugh. “It went very well. That was the end of the demo phase. The construction crew is ready to come in.”
Phase I of the renovation includes new front porch walls, ceilings, posts and decking around and through the screened-in side porch, as well as five new entryway stairs, new gutters, new metal roofs, new flat deck roofing, a wheelchair lift, an interior portable handicap ramp and an outdoor kitchen.
The decking will be Zuri Premium Decking, donated by Royal Building Products through HBCF, which is the nonprofit arm of the Maryland Building Industry Association. Royal Building Products also is donating lots of other trim, all of the fascia and cornice trim and porch columns, Smart said.
“It’s the most beautiful decking material I’ve seen ever,” Mattingly said.
Patriot Point welcomed Operation Second Chance for a weekend for a caregiver retreat.
The weekend was full of fun, relaxation, pampering and some much needed down time. Thanks to Mission BBQ for catering a hearty dinner on Friday night, which was followed by local artist Kate Huntington holding a paint session with the caregivers.
On Saturday, the group took a self-guided tour of Patriot Point, enjoying some sea glass hunting along the way. They took advantage of the amazing Under Armour Freedom Fitness Center, played cornhole and, once the fog lifted, had a blast at the five-stand skeet shooting range. A few of the guests had never shot a gun before, and to say that property manager Tim Mitchell was a patient teacher is an understatement, wrote Sara Moriarity of Operation Second Chance.
After lunch, the group gathered by the firepits, listening to music and really getting to know each other a bit better. The afternoon held a pampering session filled with pedicures at Victoria Nail & Spa in Cambridge, followed by the best seafood that you would ever hope to eat at Old Salty’s. Tim had a bonfire set up and waiting on the beach for the group as they returned from dinner, which was full of laughter and many memories to cherish for years to come.
Sunday was the day for more group photos and saying goodbyes. Sara wrote that this was a first visit for everyone, and they are hoping it isn’t the last. They left with full hearts and pretty toes, but most importantly they left with new sisters and new adventures. A HUGE thank you to ALL who were involved with making this such a great trip!