Exterior Work

Thanksgiving: Eat a ton of food, take a nap and then get up early to shop climb onto scaffolding 30-feet in the air. At least that’s how the Papineaus do it. Last year our Thanksgiving weekend project was building the porches; this year, we tackled exterior work on the opposite end of the house. We started by setting up scaffolding to pull down the rest of … Continue reading Exterior Work

Framing – First Floor

I’m self-admittedly not a very visual person. I’m bad at hanging things on walls, I can’t tell if something is 30 feet vs 300 feet away from me and somehow I mess up drawing straight lines even with the aid of a ruler. So even though we have blueprints, it’s still been difficult for me to envision how everything is really going to look. Now that … Continue reading Framing – First Floor

Woodside: The Second Year

We recently celebrated our second anniversary of owning Woodside. Compared to the first year, it’s had fewer surprises … which is good, because I am not sure I could handle discovering another 30,000 bees living between floors. On the other hand, after two years, I feel prepared for just about anything Woodside throws our way (as long as it doesn’t involve a solo trip to … Continue reading Woodside: The Second Year

Basement Framing

Who remembers how creepy the Woodside basement used to be? A failing foundation, giant old boiler, and territorial groundhog were just a few of the gifts bestowed upon us when we bought the house. Full confession – I wouldn’t go into the basement alone for the first few months because I was terrified the groundhog was going trap me in a corner (and then what, … Continue reading Basement Framing