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

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