Sunday, June 24, 2007

Outside Lights are Up!

Eddie took a well-deserved break from working on the house, but after I badgered him a bit about the fact that it was pitch dark outside at night, he agreed that it was time to put the outside lights up. The ones on the ends have motion sensors.

Left front corner.

Front door, kind of obvious, but extremely helpful since we have a brick stoop with several steps. Slow-going in the dark, let me tell you!

Right front corner--facing the driveway--lets us know when a delivery or another person is approaching, if the dog doesn't tell us first. :)

Monday, June 11, 2007

What Happened This Weekend

Well, for starters, Eddie fell off the ladder when it was over at the corner of the house (He was fine, but he did throw the ladder, which, as you can see, came out undamaged). He blames my recent plantings for unstable soil conditions. Hmmm. This is what he was working on.

At any rate, work continued, and the weekend's goal was to put in new soffit to keep the critters out, plus put the gutter back up, which you can see at the peak of the roof in this picture. Emily used the power washer to clean off some of the soffit material Eddie was going to be cutting and installing in the front.
He decided the sun was just too much in the back of the house. Up front we have a lot of nice shade from several trees, so he moved the saw horses and equipment there. Not to mention there'd be less walking--if he remembered to bring everything up, which he didn't, so I was doing a lot of traveling to the workshop to look for things :).
Down to the end almost--it's amazing how much time it can take to do what looks like a small job, but if you don't get it right it will look really bad. So there's lots of measuring and cutting going on here to make the end look right.
Here Eddie is cutting the last bit of F channel for the soffit.
When he had finished, Emily and I were volunteered to climb up on the roof to hold the gutter up (with straps) so Eddie could re-install it. I think we did a fine job!
Here's Eddie adding the last few clips to keep the gutter up.

Saturday, June 2, 2007


A good friend, and she knows who she is, was discussing just yesterday that she'd like to add a pergola to her back deck (for some dappled shade), which overlooks her beautiful pool. A group of us moms and our kids were there for a medieval feast (and swim), celebrating the end of a homeschool history co-op we do together during the "school year."

Her husband didn't seem too keen on the idea of having to do the work of building it, so I've found the perfect solution for them. :) He'll thank me someday.

They've already got great patio furniture to go with it--they can just add the lights and it'll be perfect! Note to the husband, there's even a "thick, weather-resistant polyester top" you can close for instant shade. Oh, and it does mention that there is "assembly required." Sorry!

We all live conveniently close to Plow and Hearth, too, so they won't even have to pay for any shipping. Hey, maybe there's one at the outlet!

Hoping to Add Rain Barrel

I forgot to mention that Eddie removed the front gutter today, too. He needs to replace the wood fascia board with the PVC stuff we have now. I am hoping that when we put the gutter back up and the downspout, I'll be able to sneak the rain barrel into the job, too. I'll be using it to water all the new plants and veggies I've put in.

Back to Work on the Siding

That husband of mine, he's always slacking on the job . . .

Tools and materials ready to go. That piece of white board with the house shape is going to be an "architectural feature" in order to cover where the seam is at the peak.

We had gotten the soffit installed a few days ago, but this boxed in area will be coverd on the bottom and will be a nice solid place to mount the motion sensor flood lights. Previously they were mounted to the aluminum gutter for lack of a better surface.

Another really safe technique--don't try this at home, folks. He's nailing in the "architectural feature."

And this is what it looks like when he's done with it.

And now the whole side is done!!! But then there's the whole back to do, and I really don't want to be up that high over concrete on that walkboard. I think he'll have to find another helper.

Eddie started on the other end today, too, just to where the chimney is. I'll have to get some pictures of that tomorrow.