In Brooke’s Garden House, episode 7, the cuteness factor has increased a thousand percent, thanks to the reclaimed siding and the entry way.
Remember way back when you were little, and it was Christmas Eve, and you were trying your best to get to sleep because your parents told you Santa wouldn’t come until you were sound asleep, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse?
Like, I know that was a crazy run-on sentence, but still, remember those times?
I’ve had a few of those nights lately. I wake up thinking about the garden house; all of the to-do’s on the list, and I dream of how it’s going to look when the project is completed. But then all of these thoughts drive down a few different paths late at night, and I end up watching Golden Girls marathons until it’s time for work.
Thing is, I can’t contain my excitement!
It’s Getting Good!
Now that all the boring stuff is taken care of – the footings are poured, the beams are set, the framing is done. You know, the pretty stuff is kicking in and all those glorious details that I’ve planned and saved for, for eight years, are now in the works.
It’s the one time in my life that I’m not really minding all of the sleepless nights, frosted by a few Golden Girls episodes. I don’t know if that makes me old, or just little kid giddy. Regardless of whatever, everyday something gets checked off, and we’re inching our way along on the garden house build.
I know I say this every week, but we achieved another milestone. The entryway was built this week and it escalates the cuteness factor of my garden house by a couple thousand percent. RTB built it in only a few short hours, and what a difference.
I found the columns at a barn sale about 6 years ago. Total find, right! They’ve been stored in the barn, like everything else, until now, and here they are looking right at home. Two things about these columns: footings do need to be dug and poured so they are secure, and I want to move them out about 6 inches. Doesn’t sound like much, but I would like them a little closer to the end. Make sense? ‘
I would love your opinion. What do you think, should I move them or keep their placement where it is?
Great Siding Story
I love being able to say that the majority of this garden house is reclaimed. Even the siding. Sean and RTB took the siding off a 100 year old house that is currently being remodeled. The removal was painstaking because of the long, square nails holding it in place, and the quantity of nails. We will need a few more pieces to finish siding the back of the garden house, and I think Sean’s going to grab some more this week. Hopefully.
With the siding, I’ve been scraping and sanding each piece before I prime. Even though I’m working piece by piece, I figure it’s easier this way, rather than waiting until it’s installed and working on it then. You know, me and heights and all. Plus, when I go to paint the garden house, I’d like to do everything all at once. That does make more sense. All of the priming does feel a little like Groundhog Day, but whatevs.
The to-do list is getting shorter, but the tasks remaining will take a chunk of time. Of course finish priming and then spraying, and then it’s time to be floored. We need to level it out so I can install the brick floor. Speaking of floors, the footings need to be poured for the columns and the entryway needs leveling and rock. Siding needs to be installed on the back of the garden house, along with facia and floor boards around the outside perimeter, getting it completely dried in.
So, lots to do, but it’s the fun stuff. Take a look at Episode 7 and see how far we’ve come on Brooke’s Garden House!