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.


** 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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4 Responses to That First Step

  1. Alma D says:

    Oh I love this post and the wonderful progress you are making. So excited for you two! Also glad everyone is fine. I get nervous when my hubby is on the roof,too.


    • bernielynne says:

      I don’t even want to think about all those shingles headed our way. Not looking forward to that project at all.
      It is so exciting to get back to the “bones” of the house and reconstructing it. It’s like the rock walls derailed us for a few years.


  2. Janice says:

    Aha – “scupper” new word for Scrabble! 😉 LOVE LOVE LOVE how you are now moving toward your goal! So excited to see the new additions! Play safe!


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