CH: Day 37

Between the first-floor siding and second-floor shingles is this 2-part trim: a flat board (covered in tar here) and a crown.


It looks like this restored.


The crown is corroded on the west front. Tucked behind the flat trim, and sticking out, is flashing for the circa-1920 porch I removed in 2014.


Today, I removed the flashing and 2-part trim. The white line at top is the shingles. I plan to replace the flat trim with PVC, and install all new crown. I also removed about 4 lengths of siding so I can replace the truncated trim on the two windows.


Under the turret. I will steal the upper trim to the entry so I can repair the two windows to the south. For now, I will just put some flashing atop the door (it is to be relocated later). However…


…I have an idea. Above the door is exposed sheathing. The door is later to be replaced by the large window from the living room. The window will be centered under the turret. This will necessitate a new header. Rather than do this from the interior, as I had planned (meaning a lot of plaster being removed), it would be much easier to do it now via the exterior.

Tomorrow I am going to remove some of the sheathing and see what is inside the wall. Is the header from circa-1920 and just as wide as the entry? Or is it the original 1894 header, meaning that it might be as wide as the turret? If the latter my job will be  a lot easier.

If this proves doable (time-wise) I may go ahead and relocate the door to the NW corner as planned, and install the large window under the turret. Then the porch deck would also get moved to the NW corner.

I still plan to paint most everything with white primer. For now.



  1. Cindy Belanger on June 6, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    Sounds like a good plan. Hope and pray that the header is the original 1894 one. Relocating the door to the NW corner and installing the large window under the turret may take extra time now, but doing this now will eliminate the need to do a quick fix now, tear it out later and redo it the correct way. Fingers crossed for that header.

  2. mlaiuppa on June 6, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    Here’s hoping for an easy swap around of the door and window. Easy is better, plus it jumps your renovation ahead a bit being able to do what you had planned.

    If that is where the original barn door was and it has a header, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be there. It would be foolish to just take it out. Now if it were rotten or something yes but otherwise I wouldn’t be surprised if the original header were still under the turret.

  3. JP on June 6, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    I hope that the header ends up being easier than harder, so that the door and window can be swapped more easily! This is easily the change I’m most excited for on the house, and definitely sold me on not keeping the crazy circa 1920’s porch on the front anymore. The turret really needs that accentuation window underneath.

  4. Desiree on June 6, 2023 at 11:53 pm

    I get the feeling Ross that maybe you really want to put top coat on this side too. It is a big temptation, particularly when you do such high quality work!

  5. Ross on June 7, 2023 at 12:05 am

    Hi, Desiree!

    I’m OK with doing mostly white primer. For now.

    With the first floor mostly white, it will visually work with the second floor, which I’m not touching for now. And not for several years. So, when I finish the VIOLATION NOTICE work, the Carriage House will not only look much better but will read as a whole. With but small sections painted in the historic colors. This will let people know: Oh! This house will later match the big house!

    There’s also a time issue. I have but four months to complete the NOTICE work. Simply priming most everything will save a ton of time.

    Looks good.
    Saves Ross time.

    I’m OK with this!

  6. Grandmere Louise on June 7, 2023 at 11:22 am

    More fingers crossed for an older header.

  7. Jenine on June 7, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    I would think that just having the walls intact and primed so the house doesn’t look like it’s abandoned would be enough for the citation. You can do all the fiddly bits like refinishing windows and fixing trim later.

  8. Ross on June 7, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    Hi, Jenine! If I install the missing siding on the upper part of the wall, I can’t later fix the top trim of the windows as their drip caps (at the very top) tuck behind the siding.

    I don’t want to install the siding and then later have to remove it.

    So, I’m doing an artful dance between DIR and DIQ. (Doing It Right, Doing It Quick)

    • mlaiuppa on June 7, 2023 at 10:20 pm

      Since you are priming, could you prime the bottoms of everything “do it quick” and leave the tops that need work? Then you would have a better idea of how much time you have left. You can decide how much “do it right” you can get done in the remaining time. I know it involves moving the scaffolding but some of the bottoms could be done without the scaffolding.

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