Archive for August, 2017

Beach house #23 – Finally, the beam

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Oops! I totally forgot about the other side of the beam – you know the one I posted about all the way at the beginning of August? Well, my mom sanded the heck out of it for me right before they left and went back to California. She left it looking beautiful. As soon as they […]

Beach house #22 – thinking in color

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Went and bought my first can of accent color from Lowe’s last weekend. It’s called “Amalfi” and it took me literally 2.5 seconds to pick it out and decide that it was The One. (Yes, I know the paint chip on the wood is called “Blue Nile” – the paint lady stole my chip and […]

Beach house #21 – happy deck!

Friday, August 18th, 2017

I got the rest of the decking boards laid! It looks great! View from the front door: I kind of love the color of the boards just as-is, though they are going to be stained and sealed. Check out the neat little border: Laying the 1x6x12 perpendicular to the others like that solved three problems. […]

Beach house #20 – sad miters.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

So, it turns out my fancy sliding compound miter saw… sucks. See this little test column base cap I did? I ripped an angle on it on the table saw, planed it down smooth, and then cut it into mitered pieces on my compound miter saw. Lovely, right? Well….. no. Not if you can get […]

Beach house #19 – Foundations

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Looks like the foundation and sill plate guys are nearly done! It’s been slow primarily because they have to lay 7 sections, and get their work inspected prior to and after each concrete pour, which can take days (or even a whole week if lines get crossed and no one arrives to let the inspector […]

Beach house #18 – sorry daddy

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Unfortunately, we used up most of my parents’ stay before we got around to doing the deck, so we didn’t get to finish before they left. They got to see it almost done though. We laid down a few boards to figure out where we’d start running them and what to square them up to (not […]

Beach house #17 – decking dreams

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

In typical family fashion, my dad and I finished that first half of the beam and promptly got distracted with a different porch project. I had been wishy-washing over whether to build a deck over the ugly, badly-laid tiles, but while my folks were here, a deck just seemed the logical thing to do. What with […]

Beach house #16 – The face-lift continues

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

My parents were here for the last two weeks and…. did we take a vacation like a normal family? Sit around, go on car trips, go to museums, eat a lot of junk food? Well, there was some of that. I’m not a slave-driver. But (luckily for me) my family is just as crazy as I am. […]

Beach house #15 – roofers!

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Surprise, surprise! When we showed up to work on the house this morning, the roofers were already well into tearing up the old shingles. Just a few hours later they were already nearly done: Good thing too, since it then absolutely poured for the next two days. It’s gonna look great when they’re done with […]

Beach house #14 – mockups

Friday, August 4th, 2017

I did a little photoshop to dream about what the house might look like when done: Siding, windows, porch….Some day!