Exterior House Work, House and Acreage Restoration



It’s like the weather can’t make up it’s mind! It’s like we live…like we live in the midwest or something!

Do you know what is NOT ideal for siding? Mud. Cakey, sticky, sink-into-the earth mud. Although it might seem nice to have a 50 degree day to work on the house, the ideal would actually be 32 degrees. At this temperature, the ground would be frozen enough to actually walk on.

Yep, the scaffolding started sinking….
Yep, the scaffolding started sinking….

Why is mud a problem? Well, it makes working on scaffolding very slippery. It also makes ladders a little less than safe. And, despite Tyler never saying this, I imagine getting things level when you are slipping and sliding around is a trifle more difficult.

Sorry, this was fuzzy, it was drizzling all day.
Sorry, this was fuzzy, it was drizzling all day.

So, instead of siding, the soffit and corners of the garage for the siding were placed. Not without some creative thinking.

We discovered something else about our lovely *ahem* “contractor” who owned the house in the sixties/seventies. Let me explain.

A crooked garage.
A crooked garage.

The concrete that is poured for the garage was laid likely before the porch or garage were enclosed. It was probably something to drive up on…some homes still have these parking pads. The pad was laid with  a slope to allow water to run away from the house and not pool in the parking pad. However, when the garage and porch were actually build onto the pad, there was some “funny math” happening. Studs were placed, not quite equidistant and the pad wasn’t level. Meaning the garage walls aren’t level. Meaning there is a whole bunch of compensation that has to happen. If not, when we put the siding on it won’t line up. The slope on the pad means the walls aren’t evenly tall. Meaning you can’t put siding on exactly level because your eye will look at the siding and say, “Hey that siding is crooked.”

Did I explain that well enough? (I’m sure it’s not scientifically correct, but I prefer the vernacular to science).

Trying to work out the problems...
Trying to work out the problems…

The way the porch sits is also a little too low. The porch walls go straight down to the poured concrete pad. Look at some houses while you are out today (or buildings for that matter). Houses have a space, often where the foundation walls are sticking out, between the ground and start of the siding. Siding doesn’t just go all the way to the earth on homes without a foundation. You’d have moisture problems if it did. So thinking has begun. We are in the process of deciding about putting some brick or stone on the porch wall with the windows and garage to alleviate this problem. But this won’t likely happen until next summer (as it requires warm weather). The house would not have likely had brick or stone in 1900, but we have to create something so that house is safe. So if we do pick stone, we will likely pick local rocks (probably from our yard when we dug up the foundation for the additional basement) or a brick in a white/grey or red that actually existed during that time. (Which we know about because some of the red clay bricks from the house were dug up also during the digging of the foundation for the additional basement).

And for your viewing pleasure (randomly)…Tyler working with power tools.

As Tyler said, “Our house is going to be magnificent.”

I agree.



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