Every project reaches a phase during construction, which only an architect can love. There is that point in major renovations, when structural elements have been completed, but little of the trim or details have been put back in place. None of the proportions, which make a building sing, are visible yet, and all the rough edges show through. When this ungainly stage coincides with the spring mud season, we have a big mess.
On the other hand, hope springs eternal and after being nervous as an expectant father on many, many projects, I have learned that no matter how bad the half finished phase looks, the final outcome will match the drawings. If the proportions work on paper, they will work in the field!
So, we clean our boots and hold our breath and imagine the chimney finished, the windows in, the lawn seeded, and a day when we can sit on the porch with a glass of wine, and watch the world go by.