Today during my lunch break my grandson wanted to take a bath. I was in the kitchen fixing lunch and taking care of the day’s mail when I could hear a voice singing from the bathroom. He was singing his own little song, making it up as he went. This is his “Happy Place”
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This evening I was a bit disappointed that I got back from town so late. I wanted to take some pictures of the progress at the house. It was already past sunset. I decided to stop anyway and try to take a couple of shots because there was a very bright moon tonight.
I found my way in the dark to the door and walked in the dark up the stairs to take this shot. The upstairs is basically gone except for a short wall on the east and the west and some larger walls left on the north and the south.
If the mosquitoes weren’t so bad this evening I might have considered getting a couple of sleeping bags and sleeping out under the stars tonight.
Here are a couple of shots of the guys removing the rafters today.
Tomorrow should be an exciting day as we see the roof lines starting to take shape.
It’s been about two months since we finalized the purchase of our project home in Upsala. Since that time my husband and I have done a lot of small and big projects. We have been busy building new stairways, removing old stairways and entirely gutting the upstairs down to the studs in preparation for this day.
Today our carpenters arrived to start putting our dreams for the property into reality. Yesterday we finalized the color choices and the floor plans.
I love watching the trucks arrive, unloading the lumber and the smell of freshly cut wood. I had a hard time concentrating at work today know that things were happening just up the hill but not within my sight. At lunchtime we joined the carpenters on the front lawn for lunch. They all sat in their lawn chairs with their coolers sitting in front of them and we with our sandwiches and coffee from the convenience store in town. It was a wonderful place to eat lunch today admiring the work that they had accomplished this morning.
It might not look like much of a change so far but here it is. They changed the roof line on the garage and framed for the new part of the roof with the car port. I’m excited to see the roof on the house opened up next week and see all the new roof lines, windows and shingles upstairs. The new upstairs will have much more room and light than before we started as well as additional bathroom in the home.
The plan with the garage was to change the present lean to style attached garage to a hip roof. The garage door opening in the background will be moved one stud space to the left and the windows to the top panel and grids placed in the glass. We are working on plans to make the garage door look more like a set of carriage doors rather than a conventional door.
One of the main projects besides replacing the roof is moving the stairways to a better location. It is currently in the center of the house and has very steep, narrow steps.
For the past week or two as we refine our plans for the house a new vocabulary has crept into my life. It revolves around the building of stairs.
Who would have thought that there could be so many words that had to do with stairs. There are the usual words like treads or steps. That I understood, but add stringers, risers, winders, walk line, rise and run, landings, and that is just the beginning. Add to the list newel post, rails, balusters, bullnose, etc.
Tonight we spent our usual evening with our grandson while our daughter attends a college night class. Tonight’s entertainment was the home improvement center where we picked out the supplies we will need to start building the new stairs in the house this week.
Our grandson learned the fine art of picking out the best wood for the project and eagerly helped load it onto the cart. It was a late evening but well worth getting what we needed so we can get right to work on Thursday.
This week is decision time. As you can tell this house needs some help. We will be replacing the shingles, soffit, and fascia. The entire home will be repainted and we will wrap the cement chimney to give it more character.
When I first looked at this home I knew I wanted to do something different with the colors. The starkness of the white with the cedar color is just not very inviting especially when you see the white on the garage as well.
My first choice would be a medium gray with white trim and a black roof. To me it says neat and maybe a little stately. The problem with this choice is that the home just to the left is painted exactly this way. You can see just a bit of it in the photo above.
My second choice would be something green tones with cream trim and dark roof. The only problem with the greens are on either side of the home two doors down in either direction are green homes, different greens. Adding a third green to the mix might just be too much.
My third choice is maintaining the front color of the house and painting the rest of it to match the front color with almond accents and a black roof. It would tie all of the house together and we wouldn’t have to worry about the fascia or soffit fading over time if it were painted almond. I think is would still have a stately look to it.
So many of the homes on Main Street are painted white, light gray or almond that I want to stay away from those colors. There are also two different blue homes in the near vicinity so I don’t think blues are in the running either.
So many choices… so little time. Am I putting way too much thought in to this? We need to pick out colors this week. Open for suggestions.
This afternoon after working our “day jobs” my husband and I headed to 309 S. Main Street to continue our work that we must get done before the carpenters come to work on installing the dormer and replacing the roof, etc.
We made a lot of progress in the three short hours we worked. Dean worked on cutting the hole for the new stairway from the second floor down to the first floor.
We started with a clean home…….
At the end of our three hours he had the hole cut for the new stair location. I love when a plan comes together and no one gets hurt.
I spent the afternoon removing sheet rock and insulation in the other half of the upstairs. The goal is to have the upstairs gutted to the studs and ready for the carpenters as soon as possible.
My favorite part of the afternoon was finding a picture of Queen Elizabeth tacked inside the roof rafters. I would love to know the story behind the picture.