This is the Side that never ends

This is the side that never ends
Yes it goes on and on my friend
We started doing it not knowing what it was
And we’ll continue siding it forever just because
This is the side that doesn’t end
Yes it just goes on and on my friend
We started siding it not knowing what it was
And we’ll continue siding it forever just because
This is the side that never ends
Yes it goes on and on my friend…………
As yes – the words to a famous Shari Lewis song – don’t remember it? perhaps you are the wrong generation or blocked it out! I’ve attached the link so you can refresh your memory about Lamb Chops, Charlie Horse and the dog who’s name I don’t know or can’t remember!

One fine summer day when we were working away on our respective “assignments” I said “this is like the side that never ends” and then spent the rest of the day with the song stuck in my head. Still there when I bounced out of bed the next morning so thought I would do a blog entry as a take off. And the added benefit – you all now have that song stuck in your heads so maybe after a week it will leave me alone!
Seriously it did feel like the side that never ends but now the great reveal moment!! Tada – featured below the house as it is meant to look.

On closer inspection you would see that the walk out siding now needs to be cleaned, patched and repainted. It had a few things bounced off of it – nothing that wood couldn’t handle so it just needs some TLC. Hence the fact that the scaffolding is still there at the bottom level.

The biggest time element on the walk out side was definitely these bay windows and the roof/shingles on them. The amount of cutting time was astronomical on both siding and shingles as was chalking all of those joints but they look so darn good! I’m really glad we went with the trim board the contrasting color even if it was fussy painting.

Spencer said the house was harder to spot from the highway now and he is certainly right – the white stood out but the red and green blends into the country side. I love this picture!

The scaffolding sorted and waiting to go up. We have done the ground work and prepped a work area made out of pallets. It’s DEMO weekend – time to strip it down. Bored and need something fun to do – come on out! Demolition is very satisfying albeit dirty work and not all of it will be done from scaffolding.
This next side looks so small and so easy compared to what we just conquered. Hm – my philosophy is still do easy first and work your way up to hard but perhaps “his way” will serve well as we have learned so many lessons on the other side and we are seriously motivated to get cracking on these last two sides. Unfortunately the days are getting shorter and the evenings cooler but we’ll push hard and see what we can accomplish. We have decided to replace all of the fascia board fairly quickly so that we can then get the eavestrough guy back out so that will slow us down a little as well but we can “factory” paint all the boards at one time and installing them isn’t usually too difficult (famous last words). The amount of trim boards to redo on these two sides equal the number on the side we just completed which puts it into perspective how darn detailed that side was.
So that’s the scope. If you happen to know the dog’s name please leave me a comment – I tried looking it up on Wikipedia but wasn’t successful. And of course any comments are welcome.

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10 Responses to This is the Side that never ends

  1. Gary Cruikshank says:

    Congratulations for a job well done. When I get organized I’ll send some pictures of the amphitheatre at Haney Village.


  2. Patti Erikson-Reynolds says:

    Oh, it looks so great Bernie! And I noticed when we drove back from the lake how “invisible” your house has become from the grid roads. And Shari’s dog’s name was Hush Puppy. (Lambchop was my favourite, though, lol!)


  3. Janice says:

    ….. sssshhhh … it was Hush Puppy! ;0 I only remember because someone else told me! HA! I had a cardboard cutout of Sherri ….. you could put paper clothes on her and her friends! It is a wonder how we grew up to be competent adults!
    The house looks WONDERFUL – all of you should be so proud of what you have done – congratulations!


  4. Kendall says:

    The dog’s name is hushpuppy
    and he wears a red sweater!


  5. Shannon Gasparatto says:

    What an amazing job you have done! The house is beautiful.


  6. Arlene says:

    Looks great… will have nothing to do all winter but sew!!


  7. Anonymous says:

    looking good hope we have a long nice fall Mom


  8. georgina says:

    WOW, it looks fabulous!!!


  9. Lenore says:

    Simply put – thank you for sharing this amazing journey. We’re so fortunate to have this archive. Beyond the documentation of the transformation of a piece of our built heritage – your sharing of stories, nature and personal triumphs and pain is much appreciated.


  10. Marian says:

    Looks fabulous! You are obviously, and rightly so, thrilled with the result.


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