The Glade Exterior

I haven’t had a chance recently to take photos around the outside of the house so I took a few early yesterday morning.

The original header for the blog before any construction was started.

The original header for the blog before any construction was started.

The most recent photo from the same viewpoint.

The most recent photo from the same viewpoint.

In addition to plants (for which we’ll probably wait until 2015) the house needs to be painted, both shingles and old wood trim.

The front yard needs some foundations plantings to soften up the edges of the house.

The front yard needs some foundations plantings to soften up the edges of the house.

We must repair, paint, and replace the shutters.

The front and west facades needs shutters on every window.

The front and west facades need shutters on every window.

We also need to think about the driveway and paths around the house.

The current path around the house is corrugated cardboard to try and keep the mud at bay.

The current path around the house is corrugated cardboard to try and keep the mud at bay.

First, however, we must have all the building clutter removed.

In a month or so the house will barely be visible from this vantage point due to the foliage.

In a month or so the house will barely be visible from this vantage point due to the foliage.

I’m sure we’ll have a very productive summer.

Are you in the planning, doing, or tweaking stage of your exterior or yard?

The Architect’s Site Visit

Our architect has been trying to see the progress on our home renovation which she designed for at least a month.

The Glade was redesigned to accommodate 2 additions.

The Glade was redesigned to accommodate 2 additions.

The weather has not been cooperating. It’s been cold and snowy even after spring began.

Early March at The Glade this year.

Early March at The Glade this year.

At last she made it by and I think she really likes what she saw.

Approaching from the street this is the view of The Glade.

Approaching from the street this is the view of The Glade.

She did not pick any of the finishes.  She basically designed the structure including all the little details that make the final building so special.

The architect thought our choices in the kitchen really represented our style.

The architect thought our choices in the kitchen really represented our style.

Some tweaks have been made in the building process due to local codes and our personal preferences. Early in the contractor bidding we were advised to eliminate the conservatory to save money.  I know now that we would never have gone for a second round of excavating and framing to build the conservatory at a later date.

The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.

The conservatory is one of our favorite spaces.

You can see our architect’s other work here.

What’s special about your house that you enjoy?

 

Lost in Winter

I have had a small herb garden near out Wee Little House for many years now.  Generally the perennial herbs planted there come back year after year.

The herbs were growing in September, 2012.

The herbs were growing in September, 2012.

There are garlic chives, regular chives, thyme, catmint, sage and rosemary.

In September of 2013 the very same herbs were doing well and had never been replanted.

In September of 2013 the very same herbs were doing well and had never been replanted.

Alas, due to the unusually frigid winter, the rosemary did not make it.

Unfortunately the once lush rosemary is death and ready for the compost pile unless someone knows of a use for death rosemary.

Unfortunately the once lush rosemary is dead and ready for the compost pile unless someone knows of a use for dead rosemary.

We can replant it though, right Charlie?

What herbs are you planting?

Just in Case

While Charlie and I were drywalling the bathroom in the conservatory he said we should mark on the wall where the pipes are just in case one day we wanted pound a nail into the wall to hang something up.

This purple drywall is for damp installations like bathrooms.

This purple drywall is for damp installations like bathrooms.

I thought it was not a bad idea except I know we’ll either paint or tile these walls and any marking we made would be covered.

I guess we won't be putting cabinet recessed between the studs over the sink.

I guess we won’t be putting cabinet recessed between the studs over the sink.

Oh, yeah, but I’m keeping a blog heavy in photographs.  I’ll just take a picture and label each of the water walls in the bathroom before we finish drywalling.

The wall over the toilet has a clothes dryer vent and a drain pipe.

The wall over the toilet has a clothes dryer vent and a drain pipe.

Behind a the shower is a narrow access space which will also become a storage area where we will be careful not to nail into the pipes.

The shower wall gets green board on the back and Hardie cement board on the inside.

The shower wall gets green board on the back and Hardie cement board on the inside.

Please notice our “green board” is actually purple. Hmmmm.

What confusing terminology have you discovered in your DIY experience?

 

My Drywall Tips

I probably should call this post “My Girlie Drywall Tips” because Charlie keeps telling me its not the way to do it.  So I’m not going to give instruction in hanging drywall, I’m just going to list a few tips that work for me.

We finally cleared the sheets of drywall off the floor (by leaning them against the wall).

We finally cleared the sheets of drywall off the floor (by leaning them against the wall).

I was working on the wall inside our conservatory closet which has a washer/dryer hook-up so the drywall needed a few cutouts.

Inside the closet are hook-ups for a washer and dryer which need to be cut through the drywall.

Inside the closet are hook-ups for a washer and dryer which need to be cut through the drywall.

Measure carefully and allow a little more space in the cutouts than the actual size of the outlet or other impediment.  By a little more space I mean 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. I try to measure everything from the same side, if I start measuring from the left I take all the measurements from the left.

I always measure from the same side.

I always measure from the same side.

For a circle I try to find or make a template.

Templates can be anything.

Templates can be anything.

Then I score the circle with utility knife and cut across the circle with the drywall saw.

The circle has been scored and the segments sawn.

The circle has been scored and the segments sawn.

The sections will just knock out. Then cut the paper on the back of the drywall.

The scored circle is very accurate.

The scored circle is very accurate.

Charlie’s method is to carefully cut out the circle with the drywall saw.  Way too tedious for me.

The scribbled word says  "metal" and designates a no screw area.

The scribbled word says “metal” and designates a “no-screw” area.

I also make plenty of notes on the ceiling, floor, and other walls as to where there are metal plates or special circumstances so I can remember what’s going on under the newly applied sheet when I screw it in.

I use a drywall hand saw to make cutouts.

I use a drywall hand saw to make cutouts.

When using a drywall saw wiggle the tip to bore through the board and be patient. It will go through.

Drywall

The piece fits.

The piece fits.

On a slightly different subject: Don’t step on the corner of a piece of cement board if it’s not supported. Guess how I know.

I accidentally stepped on a corner and it broke off.

I accidentally stepped on a corner and it broke off.

One more tip: When scoring drywall Charlie says I must make 2 swipes with the utility knife.  I don’t, I only make one cut, then break the board.

I also draw quick guidelines for screwing.  It really speeds up the process.

I also draw quick guidelines for screwing. It really speeds up the process.

And I don’t put nearly as many screws in the wall as Charlie does.  Not right or wrong, just the difference between men and women, I’m sure.

What things do you do differently from your significant other?

Sticking It Under the Sink

The prep sink on my side of the kitchen has finally been hooked up.

Running water.  Yippee!

Running water. Yippee!

So before I put the cleaners and other useful items under there I wanted to protect the brand new cabinet floor.

The cabinet under the new sink is pristine.

The cabinet under the new sink is pristine.

I asked Charlie to cut me a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit in front of the pipes.

A piece of cardboard was cut to fit under the sink.

A piece of cardboard was cut to fit under the sink.

Then I used a box of old stick-on tiles that I found in the cottage.

A few of these tiles had been left over from someone else's floor project.

A few of these tiles had been left over from someone else’s floor project.

I cut the tiles to size by scoring them with a mat knife.

I notched the first tile so it would hug the door stop at the front of the cabinet.

I notched the first tile so it would hug the door stop at the front of the cabinet.

Then I just placed them on the cardboard under the sink.

The tiles sort of match the kitchen even though they will rarely be seen.

The tiles sort of match the kitchen even though they will rarely be seen.

They’re old and have a little bow to them so I placed some heavy items on top to weigh them down since the stickum was still plenty sticky.

The tiles needed encouragement to stick to the cardboard.

The tiles needed encouragement to stick to the cardboard.

Now there’s a nice wipeable surface under the sink.

Just add the cleaning solutions and other bottles we store under the sink.

Just add the cleaning solutions and other bottles we store under the sink.

One more chore knocked off the list.

Have you had any sticky situations recently?

 

 

The Last 4 Mind Freeing Questions

Back on April 5th, 2013, I began to answer “50 Questions that will free your mind” to complete #43 of 101 things to do in 1001 days. Today I’m answering the 4 I still needed to think about.  My answers are in green.

14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? I think insanity often creates such a narrow focus that it appears to be creativity.  True creativity is a disciplined approach to inspiration that exhibits itself in originality.

I hope the chaos of our renovation allows us to have a lovely yard once again.

I hope the chaos of our renovation allows us to have a lovely yard once again.

15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people? I know I handle money differently than most.  I would rather save for a big extravagant  expense rather than nickel and dime my money away on daily or weekly (even monthly) indulgences.

A special treat.

A special treat.

18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? My only child was married without telling me. I’m working on it.

All grown up and married.

All grown up and married.

48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? I love Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I often get to express this openly in the safe environment of home and church. Recently I had the opportunity to respond to a question from a couple that told them exactly where I stand on the issue of what happens after we die.  As important as heaven and eternal life is, my focus as a Christian is based on the abundant life in Christ in the here and now.

I made these last year and have the supplies to make some more.

Indeed.

There now, #43 of 101 Tasks in 1001 Days is finished.

Have you answered any difficult questions lately?