The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 22

Posted 4 May 2018 at 10:16 PM | Comments (0)

Here’s what the front of the house looks like at the moment. The carport exterior looks massive and uninteresting, so we’re looking forward to supercharging it with foliage and a wall sconce.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 22

We didn’t have much time to spend on the house today, but we did continue priming the carport interior.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 22

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 21

Posted 27 April 2018 at 11:34 PM | Comments (0)

I have been waiting about six months to do this. This wet, dreary, Pacific Northwest winter has kept me from my baby (my 1959 brick ranch, if this is your first time tuning in to my blog)!

Our new window and sliding glass door, which are from the Anderson 100 series in Terratone, both had unfinished wood framing that I finally got to paint today. I used Griffin from Sherwin-Williams, which turned out to be a pretty good match to the Terratone.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 21

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 21

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 21

I pushed through the wind as long as I could, and then the rain began to fall. We did get a little priming done in the carport, though.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 21

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 20

Posted 20 April 2018 at 11:25 PM | Comments (0)

Finally, a day dry enough to get some work done! Today we installed these beauties from Modern House Numbers. We ordered the Palm Springs numbers in brushed aluminum. They look fantastic.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 20

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 19

Posted 8 January 2018 at 2:45 PM | Comments (0)

Wahoo, gutters and downspouts were finally installed after a couple of months of waiting for our order to come in (apparently the order was misplaced).

I was on the receiving end of many confused expressions when telling people that I wanted round, silver downspouts, but despite the funny looks, I went ahead with my vision. They look great. They match all the other silver things poking out of the house.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 19

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 18

Posted 3 November 2017 at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)

The gables were finished in September, but we kept dragging our feet on painting them. I was going back and forth on color choices (everything in Pewter Tankard, or introduce a new color?), and we were just very busy.

Then, last week, we noticed the weather forecast showed sun for several days, which is unusual for fall in the Pacific Northwest (usually it’s rain and more rain). So, my husband scrambled to take days off work, and ended up spending six days spackling, sanding, priming, and painting.

We got really lucky, too, because it wasn’t just that rain was coming—it turns out that snow was coming. Two mornings later, this is what we woke up to.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 18

Next, we have to get the gutters and downspouts on. Good thing, too—we’ve heard there may be some precipitation…

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 17

Posted 3 September 2017 at 5:16 PM | Comments (0)

Gables are done! This part actually took all week, so technically it’s Day 17-21, but since I didn’t take photos any other day, we’ll just group it into Day 17. It looks good, doesn’t it? More painting days to come.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 17

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 16

Posted 2 July 2017 at 7:55 PM | Comments (0)

I went to the house by myself today and painted the car port. It was peaceful and meditative—and this is coming from a person who used to think I would never want to own anything but a condominium, because I didn’t want to have to take care of the exterior and grounds.

You could say I’m growing up.

In the right light, the color (Pewter Tankard from Sherwin-Williams) is perfect: silvery gray with a touch of warmth. In morning light and under cloudy skies, it looks like a cooler gray, which is a little less sexy against the brick house, but it’ll do.

I am having the best time working on this house. Next up is cleaning and painting inside the car port, which is a big mess… but I have big plans for it. Big mess, big plans—sounds about right.

Sherwin-Williams Pewter Tankard, Gray Exterior Paint Color, Looks Good with Brick

The Lake House Renovation: Exterior, Day 15

Posted 25 June 2017 at 7:00 PM | Comments (0)

It was a family priming affair today. All four of us (including our two boys, ages six and nine) spent close to five hours priming the car port. In the process, I learned that new parents should hold off all painting projects until children are old enough to help! It went faster, and they learned a new skill as well.

While we were priming, a neighborhood couple walked past us and yelled out that they were big fans of the gray paint sample. I am glad they agree. Goodbye, ugly terracotta!

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Exterior, Renovation Day 15

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