May 27, 2012

New Things to Come

I know that I have been absent from this blog for quite a while.  Fear not, however, as I will be posting some new stuff in the near future.  I have, however, disabled comments entirely, as all I get is spam.  If you want to comment, please send it directly to my email rfgriffiths@1160main.com .  Thanks for your patience.

December 21, 2008

Eye Candy

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The painters finished up (for the most part) the north and west faces of the house. Here are some pictures of their hard work. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. All I can say is that I finally have a storybook Victorian home, and I love it!!!

December 19, 2008

Exterior Update

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The painters were here again today. They managed to get a coat on the west side siding, as well as finishing a coat on the west side gable. They got the rest of the porch primed, and finalized some trim. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow, but be nice on Saturday. He said that they’ll be back out on Saturday, but might be here tomorrow if the rain doesn’t come as anticipated.

He mentioned that they WERE going to come out last Sunday, and yes, he knew it was Sunday. He said that it was raining there at 6:30 in the morning, and that the rain was expected to clear out in the afternoon. He called his crew and told them that they weren’t going out … the rain stopped at about 9 and never started up again. I told him that we had no rain whatsoever out here. Oh well …

No pictures today. I’ll update with pictures after they finish on Saturday.

December 18, 2008

Interior update

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I’ve been on vacation this week to try and get some stuff done in the foyer. I’ve got some of the baseboards installed, some of the plinth blocks, and some of the casing. All in all, it’s coming along nicely. I hope to have most of the wood installed prior to our New Year’s Eve get-together.

Here’s a picture of some of the woodwork. The quartersawn red oak looks pretty nice. I imagine it will look even better once I get some finish on it.


December 17, 2008

No News Update

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Well, the painters didn’t come by on Sunday like they said they would. I kind of figured that they wouldn’t. So, we’re sitting here with an almost completed front, and a gray west side. Looks like the next best chance for good painting weather will be this Saturday. If all goes well, I should be able to get a few pictures to post.

On the inside, I’ve got one door frame cased, and only need the corner blocks, which, unfortunately, won’t be here until mid January. I told my sweetheart that I would MAKE cornerblocks if I had time, but … absent that, will bne putting up moulding sans cornerblocks…

December 8, 2008

Another Colorful Update!

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I took some new pictures today, since the sun was out, and was able to better capture what is becoming a work of art, as far as I am concerned.

I’ll start with a couple of exterior shots of the gable and the front of the house:
House front overall


Next are some views of the completed porch. Well, almost completed. The floor still hasn’t been painted. It will be either Red or Terra Cotta, I can’t remember which.

The entryway:
Front Entry

Front Entry and West Porch

Porch Looking West

Here’s the living room window
Living Room Window

Here’s the porch looking east and the carport:
Porch Looking East and Carport

December 5, 2008

More Painting Today

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Since it was so cold out today, the painters worked on the porch. They got most everything primed, and even got some color on the ceiling. I’ll have to get a picture, but you’ll have to wait till tomorrow’s update, when there’s more color on the porch.

The painter said that he wants to concentrate on finishing the gable whenever the weather permits so that he can get the lift out from in front of the house. He’s also hoping to have the porch finished by the end of Saturday, so that we can take the plastic off. I told him no hurry on the plastic, I kinda like the pseudo-closed-in porch in this cold weather…

We’ve had quite a few positive comments on the color scheme. I’m liking it alot.

December 4, 2008

Colors! Colors!!! Lots of Colors!!!

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The painters primed the house last week and yesterday, and started putting the colors on the front of the house. It’s looking pretty good, although there is still a good bit of work to be done detail-wise. That’s going to get held up for a few days while Louisville’s “Storm teams” help us get through the impending blizzard and save us from certain death. (Excuse me while I run over to Kroger and get a few gallons of milk and a case of bread …)

In the meantime, they’re going to work on the front porch, which they have weathered in with plastic and propane heaters.

It is looking pretty good. Here are a couple of sneaks at the “work in progress”

November 29, 2008

We Have Paint! er … Well … Primer …

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HOORAAY!!!!! The Painters got primer on the front upper part of the house! I’m waiting for someone to ask us if that’s the color we’re painting it … ’cause it’s primer and it’s a medium grey.

A few shots:

The good news: They’ll be here tomorrow, and hope to get the west side prepped and primed.
The bad news: The weather is going to get bad Sunday and Monday, with snow showers predicted.

November 27, 2008

The Painters are Here, The Painters are Here!!!

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Tuesday, they dropped off a boom-lift.

Wednesday, as I was headed off to work, they were pulling up into the driveway. When I came home Wednesday afternoon, here is what I saw:

Gable after scraping

And this:

Window after scraping

And this:

BR Window after scraping

I told the painter that he was a sight for sore eyes. He said that he didn’t know why, since it looks worse than when he got there. I told him that it was just good to know that they have started. They worked pretty quickly on the front of the house. It is almost completely scraped, caulked, and glazed, in just one day’s work. Look for primer in the coming few days!!!

Here are some pictures of the window detail work that the carpenter and I recreated. (I added myself because I made the trimwork, and he installed it.) The windowsill, I built, he cut and installed. The Plinths were my goof up from making the interiors, so even though they’re oak, they’re “paint grade” and will carry continuity nicely from outside to inside.

Window detail 1

Here’s a view of the side of the house with both windows completed.

West side

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