The Cross House

Announcing My 2015 Project

In my previous post, I was, perhaps, not entirely serious.

In today’s post I will try to conjure some sober maturity.

All my previous posts have focused on the west facade. My 2015 project is to get the north facade painted all pretty. And do repairs. And tuck-point the chimney.

Both facades are highly visible, as the house is on a prominent corner:


West: pretty! North: needs work!


North. Scary big. Scary tall. It will be interesting to see what kind of scaffolding I devise to reach the third level. My knees are already shakin’.


The triple stained-glass windows on the second-floor have since been removed in preparation of their being restored. Most of the stained-glass will be restored during the next 18 months. VBW!!!!! (Very big whoee!) The north porch roof is not level; it soon will be. See the round stained-glass window? It lights the telephone closet. I brag about this feature often. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t. But having a telephone closet is so cool than I cannot help myself. I mean, could you?


One would think that I knew every inch of the house by now. But I keep being surprised, like with this incredible detailing in the gable end of the north porch. I had no idea it was there.


Previously posted. Scaffolding!!!!!!


There will be a lot of work going on at the house in 2015, but most of this will be by roofers and plumbers and carpenters and refinishers and stained-glass restorers, etc. The north facade however is my project. While I would like nothing better than to spend all my time working on the house, my time is limited due to my business. Sigh. Sigh.


Well, it will be fun revisiting these images by the end of 2015 to see how much I accomplished.

Let the work begin!

12 Responses to Announcing My 2015 Project

  1. Hey Ross, what shingles did you select. What did the tile company tell you? Did you make any decisions about the interior and exterior spindles for the house?

    • Hi Ken!

      Rustic slate!

      FINALLY received a quote from the tile company. I plan to proceed.

      Will be ordering exterior spindles. Will delay interior spindles because I am uncertain if the company can match the distinctive grain pattern obvious on the originals.

      It is impressive that you have remembered all this minutia!

  2. I wish I had a telephone closet. I think every house should have one – especially in the age of smart phones. I would love to show a guest who simply HAD to take a call, to a lovely phone closet. For truly boorish guests, it would have a lock on the outside. 🙂

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