So, a quick update...
We decided to use the slab itself as our floor, so yesterday and today a pile of guys came by to grind, polish, stain, seal and wax it. Hopefully tomorrow will be their last day, as nobody can go into the house until they are done.
We are also having our front door made by a local artisan, who also happens to be blind. The door is about 3 inches thick, and has a massive 50 pound, 20 inch across porthole in it. Here is a picture of the half-finished door, along with the guy who is making it and his little three-legged dog, Ruthie. It will be painted scarlet red on the outside, and kept oiled mahogany on the inside. The door, that is, not the artisan. We are going to use a huge 15" bronze boat cleat for a door handle... DSC_8916.jpg
Our friend who broke his back is doing very well, and has been by a few times just to say hi. All the other people who were helping have been called back to their real jobs, so it's just the two of us.... Sob!!