As I contemplated working off taller ladders I looked at the east wall of the addition: the wall that is above the basement entryway. Even the lowest boards will required more than normal step ladders to reach. I didn't want to have to climb tall ladders to both prime and paint this wall.
|The lowest siding board will be at least 8-9 feet above the ground level.|
The top of the wall at the high point of the roof will be about 20 feet high.
It was a nice, warm day again in Holland. So I spent the day in solitude with 16 foot long pine siding boards, a gallon of primer and my trusty 3 inch paint brush. No one was around to take my picture with brush in hand. So the pictures below show the day's effort. Twenty-two boards. Two coats of bare wood primer. Ready for the carpenters to install later this week.
|My "paint shop" with the first few boards drying at the right.|
|At the end of the day, twenty-two 16 foot long boards were primed.|
|All the primed wood was moved into the garage|
to keep therm clean until they are installed.
As most of you know, the closest city to 3283 is Holland, Michigan. Each May the city hosts a ten day long festival known as Tulip Time. Literally millions of tulips bloom throughout the city as the residents celebrate their Dutch heritage. Each year organizers commission a poster. A number of these posters are on the walls of 3283. This year's poster has been purchased and waits for construction to move ahead before we hang it.
|Tulip Time 2013 Poster|
Tulip Time 2013 began on Saturday. And 3283 managed to keep in step with the festivities. Although most of the yard has been torn up by the construction, a small corner of flower bed remained untouched. And, today tulips began to bloom at 3283. The display is not as dramatic as the poster. But I think it means that Mother Nature has accepted the changes we are making.
|The few Tulips beginning to bloom at 3283.|
There WILL be many many more next year. Promise!