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.

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