Our last two blog entries have been about Holiday festivities but I don’t want you all to think we have shut down the building process. Fortunately we have had several days of dry, sunny weather. We took this opportunity to button up the face of our South wall. Although much of it is windows and a door, there is still some framing that has been exposed to the elements.
We decided to use cement based Hardy Plank with a stucco relief to fill in the exposed areas. It comes in 4’ X 8’ panels and is very dusty to cut. I made a paper pattern first and then carefully cut the pieces to fit around the windows and up against the arches. It was very “fiddly” and took many trims with the saw and a plane to get it just right. But the effort was worth it to have as few seams as possible. These were then sealed up with a generous application of Vulkem caulking.
By the end of the weekend we had it pretty much done. There are just a few pieces under the door and window that we need to get but we ran out of material. It was a hard days work and we were rewarded by a visit from our friend Nolle who brought an amazing meal for us. Thanks Nolle!
Let the winter storms roar now….
Though we are happy to take as many dry days as we can get.
P.S. In this picture, you can just see the lights on our Christmas Tree through the window. When it gets dark, the lights are visible even from the road.
Didn’t get as much done as we’d liked but we appreciate your encouragement!