Monday, February 21, 2011

Siding and mud!

The only thing left to do in the garage, besides paint, is fix this door. It is way too tight.
Last week I mentioned a painting party. Lucky for all of you it didn't happen! The guys that we hired to put siding on the high part of the house called us last week. They wanted to jump in and start siding since it was going to be warm out. Well, the garage was needed to put the siding in, so we would have been in each others way. So we put the painting off. The weather has turned cold again, so the next warm weather days I'll try to paint the garage.
In the meantime I thought I'd share a story and show you the siding progress.
Our construction area has turned into a mud bog since the snow melted.

We laid down all of this scrap wood to walk on.

Last Friday, the guys needed some siding materials and Dave was working. So my friend, Marcia, and I went to Chrysler and got Dave's truck out of the parking lot. Then went to the building supply store and picked up the siding materials, and proceeded to the house.


What a mess....
Lucky for us I've lived in Indiana all my life. I learned at an early age how to rock an roll a vehicle to get it unstuck in the snow. Mud is about the same theory. Problem is, I flung mud all over the truck, all over the siding, all over everything!

The guys that were siding had a hard time too. Their ladders sunk in the mud, they sunk in the mud, there is mud throughout my house.

But look how nice the siding looks...

I know a lot of people are wondering/asking why we went with white and why vinyl.
1) White is classic and traditional.
2) You can add color in other areas. Remember the one area on the other end of the house that is sided with T1-11. It can be painted any color I want. I can also add some shutters and stuff in colors. But in the house I live in now, the roof is dark green and we have dark green shutters. I loved the dark green color. Now I'm tired of it, but can't change it.
3) Vinyl is maintenance free. I want a low maintenance house. We are 52 and want to enjoy this place as much as possible. That's why....

So many decision to be made. We decided to flute the add a little character...

But not the corners of the fireplace box. You don't really want it to stand out.

The front. I couldn't take a picture of the entire front because of the mud.

The front edge - fluted corner.
That's it for now. It rained all night so I doubt I have updates for awhile.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Garage is almost done!

I went to our house today to help my Shug work in the garage.
It's been a couple of weeks since I've been there. The first thing I noticed was this light, over the door. I like old light fixtures. I love the blue on this shade. My Shug has it set up so that when you walk in the garage, this light will come on. Nice.
This contraption is also new. He had to figure out something to use for the garage doors. The ceiling is really too high in the garage, but the trusses were already made when we tried to cancel the order, so we couldn't cancel. There is a vaulted ceiling in the garage, which makes it much higher for the contraption that holds the garage doors. It's hard for me to explain so just hang with me and you'll see what I mean.

See what I mean?

Right now we are waiting on a part or two so we can finish the other door. In the meantime, today I wheeled him around on the scaffolding while he puttied the ceiling. This took about four hours. He said if he had to climb up and down that scaffolding all day, it would have taken him two days to do what it took four hours.

We're supposed to get some warm if anyone wants to come to a garage painting party on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, lemme' know ;-)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Lighting and garage - now

It's really hard to see the difference in colors in these pictures. But one is almond and one is bone.

Anyway, I chose bone color. It matches white and cream. Dave had some of each in his garage. I commented on it and he said, "now see, you are getting a trained eye and noticing stuff like that. You never noticed stuff like that before." He'll change them to match, I know he will. He won't be able to stand it that a girl noticed the difference!

The garage is almost done. He's putting up some temporary lighting right now.

All of the o.s.b. is up.

Hopefully the basement will go faster as it should be warmer working in it.