Sunday, July 27, 2014

Marion Explains It All

I could explain how we used the marks on the house (called witness marks or ghost marks) to figure out what the original porch looked like, but I thought y'all might rather hear Mare's explanation.  Enjoy.

Friday, July 25, 2014


Remember those little pencil drawings of the front porch plan that Mare did a couple of weeks ago, and how we hoped they'd be enough for the Building Inspector?  Well, they weren't.  We really didn't expect them to be, so back to the drawing board we went.  And by "drawing board", I mean the concrete slab of the front porch, where we measured and drew and measured again and tried to anticipate questions and finally came up with four pages for the Building Inspector.

The site plan and the elevations, with the suggestions y'all made:

A framing plan:

And a materials list:

So now we wait for approval of the building permit.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just Because

A bit of backstory:  All around the house, at the point where the overhang of the eaves meets the wall of the house just above the wide trim boards, whoever built the house used chair rail.  It's a little bit of decoration on a mostly plain Queen Anne Cottage and I've always liked that detail.  When I picked out the colors for the house this time, I chose a dark grayish brown for the chair rail, a color that I never really liked but chose because it coordinated well with the other paint colors.  

So now that I've told you that, a couple of days ago I was doing some invisible but necessary work on the front of the house: painting the eaves and soffit along where the new front porch will go.  I say invisible because, except for the fascia boards at the edge, the rest of it will be hidden once the new porch roof goes up; necessary because the soffit needs to be painted to protect the wood and that's a lot easier now than clambering up onto the porch roof to do it after the porch is built.

Anyhow, there I was on the front of the house, scraping away paint from the chair rail under the eaves that will never be seen again and getting a crick in my neck from looking up.  A big chunk of paint popped off the chair rail and underneath I saw bright turquoise blue.  At one time the chair rail was painted that color!  I love turquoise blue.  It's one of my favorite colors, in all shades.  

Y'all know what happened next, right?

I briefly considered what the house would look like with turquoise blue trim.  I worried that other people might think it was ugly.  Then I decided that, by golly, it's my house and I love that color and I think it would look great!  

So I painted the chair rail turquoise.  

And I painted the underside of the eaves the same pale blue as the side porch ceiling.  Just because.

I think the house looks happier.  I know I am.