First Time Ever

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Herbie to the rescue

For the first few months we spent a lot of time removing Herbie board. Well the real name is particle board but we nicknamed it Herbie board because he used it everywhere.

For some background Herbie Continue reading

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That First Step

It’s no longer a steep step out of our bedroom door! With Spencer’s help Ron got the plywood up to the balcony and secured down. A few more wind gusts and they wouldn’t have been able to do it. I was super happy when it was all up without anyone being worse for wear. In 1983 Ron and a sheet of plywood went off the roof of our city house in front of me. He was young and landed well in a muddy spot. Today it wouldn’t have been the same story hence my relief. Then we added one more layer to the bottom level. On top of the concrete we put the cinder blocks. The awesome part of this — from here up its wood! On top of the blocks is a wood header; you can see the hangers on the house already for the joists.

The amount of rock work on the front of here isn’t daunting at all. 8″ by 30′ – piece of cake after our crazy big walls. It also doesn’t come until near the end – lots of other details first.

By the end of the week the balcony will have a durable decking cover in a warm multi coloured tone. We will have two scuppers ** in place and the little curb wall when he shows up on Wednesday. Ron has already taken off the siding as the material goes up behind it.

That leaves the railing up next and we are working on getting prices on our rough draft design of it. Pretty sure we should have been on this detail a month ago but we weren’t so that’s life.

We are significantly closer to a material for the veranda floor. We’ve found some 4 3/4″ tongue and groove cedar boards at a small mill in B.C.. It will be shipped out this week along with our cedar shingles (that’s a whole different project). We also need to dig out the tongue and groove salvage planks for the ceiling so I can start painting them.

In the meantime, on the small landing deck, the trim boards are up and the painting is complete. Just need to install the pot lights. I’m quite sure we won’t get to the outdoor kitchen this year but with that landing complete we can now proceed with the stairs down the outside of the retaining wall.

I had better hurry up and hit publish because each day we get a little but more done and then the blog is behind.

Bernie

** scuppers — I was so excited to learn this new building term.

A scupper is an opening in the side walls of an open-air structure, for purposes of draining water. They are usually placed at or near ground level, and allow rain or liquids to flow off the side of the open-air structure, instead of pooling within the walls.

There are two main kinds of scuppers:

1 Ships have scuppers at deck level, to allow for ocean or rainwater drain off.

2 Buildings with railed rooftops can construct scuppers to let rainwater drain off, instead of pooling within the railing of the roof. Scuppers can also be placed in a parapet, for the same purpose.

On a parapet the scupper hole is often disguised as a gargoyle! Kind of neat and I love the last photo’s caption!

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Zippity Do Da

I kind of feel like I missed the boat. This post is like 8 days old and I only had a title inserted. It’s now obsolete as we’ve moved way on beyond what it originally was about. Which means the dilemma is if I do it as two posts or one.

Now to the average reader it doesn’t matter a Continue reading

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Building the Base

We’ve started building the base of the foundation for the pillars this weekend. Can’t say it was particularly easy but where there is a will there is a way. There was also a lot of swear words tossed around at various times and some blood but the job got done. Continue reading

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WOD

What? WOD stands for work out of the day. It’s a cross fit gym thing. We did our own version yesterday.

But to back up and set the stage for this I’ll have to reference the work done on Saturday by machine. Continue reading

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Drafting the Design

I am super stoked to record here that we have nailed down the design for the veranda and balcony. Our daughter thinks the drawing is worth framing and I would agree (if he fills in the blank spots). Continue reading

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