A Bit More Done!


I am pleased to report that most of the re-siding is complete on the east extension! Oh, that is the carriage house over to the left.


The newly milled water table (trim that goes at the bottom) is also ready, and I will be picking it up this week in Kansas City. Justin is scheduled to begin installing the trim (cedar!) the following Monday, weather permitting.

Come April I hope to be able to paint all the new siding. At some point soon I also greatly look forward to removing the fence. I also have to figure out how to finish off the basement entry (now covered in plywood). Oh, and new steps have to be made, and the little bit of original porch railing recreated. Crossing my fingers that all this will be done this year.

For many many many years the east facade, which is highly visible from the adjacent highway, looked terrible. Even through the new work is not completed it is surprising at how different the facade looks. It has been transformed from abandoned ruin to work in progress.

Ross happy.




  1. Mikael Nelson on January 22, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Who is doing the milling for you in KC? We’re going to be reproducing some trim and I think we’re having Schutte lumber doing ours.

    • Ross on January 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Yep, Schutte!

  2. Brendan McConville on January 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Gosh it looks great! Congratulations!

  3. djd_fr on January 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    So satisfying to see the progress.

  4. Melody on January 22, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    In my experience, the exterior basement access should be covered by a sketchy old wood door held together with rusty nails. And be just slippery enough for a 3 year old girl to loose traction while climbing on that door, causing her to slip and slice her shin open on one of those rusty nails. Her older brother will then bawl his eyes out upon sight of the blood, and she will have a life-long scar. She will also, in her 3 year old wisdom, be mad about not having running shoes with tread like her brother had, instead of those smooth soled girly shoes.

    But that’s just my scar inducing experience.

  5. Barb Sanford on January 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Every little bit you get done on the exterior makes me happy. So glad to see this house being reborn, and that you’re sharing your progress with us.

  6. Joy on January 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    What happened to finishing the carriage house? I believe I’ve read the blog in entirety, but don’t think the carriage house restoration was mentioned after the green sink. And the Tiffany-blue library? Stop teasing us, Ross!

    • Ross on January 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Th carriage house is mothballed again. I am planning o resume work this year, and get it rented!

      I am holding back revealing the library until it is finished!

  7. Elizabeth on May 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    It’s amazing what a difference the work you have done has made. The East facade looks SO much better!

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