The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 14

Posted 23 June 2017 at 4:56 PM | Comments (0)

Man, that roof looks good. And we’ve run out of money.

Next step: paint the wood siding of the car port until we can afford to finish the gables.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 14

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 13

Posted 22 June 2017 at 5:46 PM | Comments (0)

We’re so close…

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 13

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 12

Posted 21 June 2017 at 8:36 PM | Comments (0)

The roof is halfway there.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 12

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 10

Posted 19 June 2017 at 9:37 PM | Comments (0)

The asphalt roof is coming off. Black dust is everywhere.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 10

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 9

Posted 18 June 2017 at 9:12 PM | Comments (0)

Between near-constant rainfall all weekend, somehow we managed to finish painting the fascia boards. We’re ready for the roofers (only barely).

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 9

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 9

Also, I think we’re going to be happy with the siding color, Pewter Tankard from Sherwin-Williams. It really does feel like a warm pewter. I don’t know if it feels like a tankard, though, considering I have no idea what that is. I imagine an army tank in pewter. Hm.

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 8

Posted 17 June 2017 at 3:53 PM | Comments (0)

The roofers are coming this week, so we’re priming and painting the fascia boards today. We’ve picked Pewter Tankard from Sherwin-Williams. I hope it’s not too light—Elephant Ear was a close second.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 8

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 7

Posted 25 May 2017 at 8:26 PM | Comments (0)

Steadily moving forward! The soffits under the roof eaves are done.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 7

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 7

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 7

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 7

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 6

Posted 24 May 2017 at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

Today we’re closing up the eaves with soffits, as you can see. We’re also removing the chimney and patching the brickwork.

Closing up the soffits was one of the things I did not want to do, because I wanted the rafters exposed, but the only way around that was to spend more money that we don’t have. Oh well, it certainly doesn’t look bad. It looks quite clean.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 6

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 6

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 6

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 6

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 6

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 6

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 5

Posted 23 May 2017 at 8:40 PM | Comments (0)

Fascia boards! Sheathing! Holy moly, we might be getting somewhere!

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 5

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 5

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 5

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 5

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 5

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 4

Posted 10 May 2017 at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

The old fascia boards are gone, and new ones are taking shape.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 4

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 4

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 4

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 4

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 4

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 4

The fascia boards were actually the catalyst for a lesson I learned this week; a lesson which I’m not too happy to accept, but I know I have to try:

Sometimes, the thing you want can only be achieved by throwing more money at it. If there is very little money to throw at it—like maybe you only have a handful of pennies left, which is pretty much the case—then you have to accept that what you want is not possible.

Aspects of this project are not going exactly the way that I wanted. I wanted a more horizontal window, but that meant adding more supports. I wanted a metal roof that is neither brown nor gray, but that meant sourcing materials from out of town. I didn’t want to have to trim the entire house with a horizontal “stripe” along the top of the brick while getting rid of the boxed eaves, but that is the only way we can level the roof and keep the underside of the eaves consistent (long story). I wasn’t expecting any of these changes to my plan, but I felt like I could live with them. However, the one I’m having trouble with is the fascia boards. I wanted them to be slimmer, like you see in this Austin, Texas ranch house:

French Place Cottage in Austin, Texas by Rick & Cindy Black Architects

The only way to achieve slimmer fascia boards throughout is to replace all of the rafters, and we just can’t afford to do that. I’m pretty bummed. I may have cried a tiny bit. I may have even kicked someone. You will never know.