|Jeff and Bill are lifting the largest window into place in the addition's west wall.|
|Mervin is shaping the end of a timber that will be used at the end of a top row.|
|It looks different from above the wall and below.|
|Near the bottom. Jeff is manning the nail gun,|
Bill is fitting the siding tongue and grove together.
John is out of the picture operating the saw.
|On this wall it worked out that an even number of siding rows fit under the window.|
|Before long they had the siding up both sides of the window and over its top.|
Here's how the addition looks from the front porch.
|After the first few rows of siding on the north wall the first of the small|
windows is being nailed into the roughed in opening
|Jeff and Bill are preparing the opening for the second window.|
Notice how well the siding has been fit around the meter box and the conduit to the house.
|Almost done with the north wall.|
Details under the eves will be dealt with another day.
As the carpenters were working on the north wall, Mervin was completing the work on the retaining wall. It was good that both contractors could work at 3283 today without stepping on each others toes. It was especially important since both groups were trying to get their work done in a half day.
|Mervin worked on the east side of the addition.|
Most of the carpenters, work was on the north and west walls.
|The basement door is being set into the rough opening.|
|Jeff is checking the door frame, shimming it to the studs, and screwing it in place.|
|Here's Mervin checking out the completed retaining wall.|
The complete door (less hardware) is at the bottom of the steps.
As I mentioned, both contractors gave 120% by coming to 3283 on a Saturday and made great progress on the project. They committed a morning to the effort and almost were able to pull out by Noon. Almost. We guess it was about 1:00 when Jeff and Mervin pulled their trailers down the driveway. I said "we" because about 10:30 Bobbie joined me in my supervisor/observer role. It was great having her here. And especially good that she saw "action" not just the results of past work as she had in the past.
|Bobbie is sitting on part of the regaining wall near the bottom.|
The terrace behind her will eventually be planted.
|One of the nice things about having Bobbie here is letting me get in the pictures.|
So, it's a nice spring Saturday. The contractors have left the site. Bobbie is here with me. What to do? Lunch first. Ottawa Beach Inn for OBI Burgers and beers. Then a trip to Lowes. There is a lot of bare wood now covering much of the addition and parts of the cottage. It is calling out to be painted. The weather forecast is good for the next few days. We picked up two gallons of exterior bare wood primer, a couple new brushes, and some nail hole filler. And we headed back to the lake shore. And I began to prepare the siding to be primed. This afternoon I filled most of the nail head holes so tomorrow they can be sanded and the primer applied.
|Lowes had a great product. It was a tube of nail hole filler with a foam applicator tip|
that made filling each nail head dimple easy.
|There are a lot of nails. I filled all but about the top 2 or 3 rows....for which I'll need taller ladder.|
It was a great day at 3283. I'm hoping that this is harbinger of a good week ahead. It definitely means that tomorrow, Sunday, won't be a day of rest. It will be a day of paint. Or, more correctly a day of white primer. Below are a couple pictures of the cottage/ addition with the siding in place. Try to picture it painted white. We'll start making it that way in the morning.
|Real wood siding is part of the tradition of 3283.|
I could never never put vinyl on the addition.
|The west wall late in the day.|
Late enough that tree shadows are crawling up the wall.
|One more front side picture. This one with Bobbie.|