Thursday, August 26, 2010

Painted doors

They painted the doors and some other things that were added since the last time it was painted. They also removed our port-a-potty.
This is the door under the back porch.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Garage doors

They installed the garage doors today. Now we have to decide which garage to use for each car.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


They finished the cover for the back porch. They added bracing for the roof.
The top of the garage door opening for the small garage needed to be lower so the garage door will be below the beams in the garage when it is raised. They lowered the top today.
I am told we will lose our third bathroom -- the Spiffy Biffy -- soon.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Porch cover

They put on the porch cover today. The cover has a slight tint to block out the UV light, but you can still see the trees through it.
This a view of the cover from the ground.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Porch cover frame

They built the frame to hold the cover today.
This is what the frame looks like from the back porch.
If I were to put in a zip line from the back porch to the garden, this would be a good place. You would need to hold up your feet to clear the landing railing.
They cleaned up the yard and re-graded the yard where it needed it. They moved our third bathroom (the Spiffy Biffy).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Start of back porch cover

They worked on the frames for the back porch cover today. They blocked our back door and back stairs while they are working. You can see the cover will be over the steps too. This will allow us to get to the garage without going out in the rain.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hand Rails

They put up hand rail rails on one side of all our stairs.
This shows the profile of the hand rails. There is a spacer to get the hand rail away from the side. The top of the hand rail is rounded so it can be gripped.
They also finished the downspouts today. It is a long way from the roof to the ground.
Today they delivered the covering for the back porch. The covering will block UV light, but will still be translucent.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Downspouts and trim

Today they worked on a lot of things. You need to look closely to see the changes. They started to put in the downspouts. The black tubing is gone from this picture. They added a cedar trim to the outside of the porches and landings. They also put up the vertical stripping on the wall under the front porch.
They also added cedar trim to the back porch and landing. You can see they haven't put in all the downspouts because we still have a black pipe in this picture. You can see the posts that will hold up the cover for the back porch. You can see that they have graded the back yard. We still haven't put in a lawn.
They also put in siding on the wall above the front porch. The old siding may have been removed when they lifted the house.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Today they painted the area of the wall that didn't get painted before because it was covered by the old cover over our back porch. They are going to start to install the new cover. This cover should let us get to the garage without going out in the rain.
It is hard to see, but they installed flashing between the walls and the back porch.
They also put varnish on some boards they are going to use to trim the back porch. I didn't include any pictures.