Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer is done, and so is painting

I had to use my motorcycle's grip warmers on the way to work today. It is officially fall.

Luckily, painting is mostly wrapped up! All of the siding and trim has two coats of paint, although the front and back second floor trim needs an additional coat or two of white paint.

And because I haven't documented much progress in a while, lets go over the highlights.

1) You get a really tall ladder (this is a 16' stepladder), and you pressure wash the siding to remove both the dirt and dust that naturally accumulates on the siding when exposed to weather outside. But it also removes the footprints from the siding contractors. :)

2) Using tape and paper / plastic, you tape and cover whatever you don't want to paint. For painting, I used an airless sprayer I bought from Harbor Freight. The parts are compatible with Graco sprayers, so accessories, extra hose, new spray tips, can be bought any decent paint store or Home Depot.

Here is a picture of the north side of the house, after being all masked and taped up, with the first coat of paint on the first floor siding:

3) After the siding is painted, I came back and painted the trim for the windows. For painting the trim after the base coat is applied, I use a regular brush and roller to apply the paint:

4) Now lather rinse and repeat around the house:
And so on. (Notice in the picture the second floor corner trim, window trim and belly band are blue and not yet white, that will be fixed soon, but thankfully, I don't need to race the weather, I can put this off until next spring, if need be.

Next steps? Insulation and dry-wall. Also, the electrical is hooked back up to the house, and so I can pull the temp pole and dig a trench for the new water-main to the house.

But, finally, it is looking like a real house!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It has been a while!

Hello everyone.

Things stalled because I ran out of money and had to save.

But while I was saving, the balloon payment on the property came due. Unfortunately no banks will refinance the project until the construction is finished and the permit is closed.

So first I had to save up to pay the balloon payment, and then I had to save up to continue the project. It was a lot of saving!

We are back in the swing of things, and have been since roughly May. We hired a net zero energy home expert to help us decide on some of the energy saving features. We also hired a custom home builder to handle the siding / electrical / plumbing / natural gas / hvac.

I wanted someone who had experience coordinating that many sub-contractors and making sure things happened orderly and quickly.

The current work is completed, the house is sided, all of the rough ins are complete. Next steps are painting the exterior, interior insulation and drywall.

We have started painting the house ourselves and over the 4th of July, we figured out our system for painting. We tried brushing, rolling and brushing and spraying. Spraying was by far the fastest and gave us the best results.

We managed to finish base color on the north side of the house, which looks like this:

Anyways, once I get time, I'll go back and update the blog with the various steps we've taken to get here. But until then, I figured everyone would like an update! :)