2014: The corner of the east extension.


A few weeks ago.


And, today. The scaffolding is down, too!


There has been scaffolding in the NE corner for a year.


But no more!!!!!!!!


Next week I will move to the SOUTH FACADE! The first project will be taking off all the shingles on these second floor, above the huge kitchen windows. See the window, upper right? There are no shingles to its right, just tar paper I put on in 2014. Click image to enlarge.


If you look close, ALL the shingles have flat-head nails pounded through them. That is bad (click TWICE, and you will really see the nails). When I am done, there will be no visible nails. And, when I am done, there will be no stick supporting the window sash! Yikes!


The plan is to try and save as many shingles as I can. After each is removed, I will disk sand it to perfection.

I am excited!



  1. Christine on October 20, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Wow!! That’s such a dramatic improvement, Ross. Well done on that section. It must be so gratifying to be able to actually SEE that NE corner all the way from the refinished basement windows to the tippy top. The difference is astounding.

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on October 20, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Remarkable! Seeing the condition it was in, I’m not sure I would have taken on the project. But, I am so glad that you did!! Every step of this side will be jaw dropping. Cant wait to see it happen!

  3. HM Bingley on October 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I have used chlorine bleach to take the grey off of weathered wood. It still needs a light sanding though. I love what you are doing and wish you continued succes.

  4. San on October 20, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Oh my, how incredible! What a fantastic job.

  5. Jackie on October 21, 2018 at 5:52 am

    My excitement for the start of the south facade is high, I think partly because it NEVER fails to shock when you show us either the south or west face of the house because we’ve got so used to the now pristine crispiness of the other two.

    Do you get any feedback from the people of the town about the house? All I can bring to mind is the old trout who informed you you should have painted it blue as that’s her favourite colour! I want to know about the ones who stop as they pass by and tell you what an amazing job you’re doing. 😍

  6. Suzanne on October 21, 2018 at 11:31 am

    That corner was particularly shabby. What an astonishing transformation! What an amazing achievement! One small corner in Emporia……

  7. Sandra Lee on October 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Transformation is wondrous & astonishng Ross! Such a achievement!

  8. Karen Spencer on October 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    You are consistently amazing Ross!

  9. Cindy Belanger on October 21, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    That’s an amazing transformation Ross, well done. And the south facade, what a lot of work those shingles will be, but well worth it. I know you’re up to the challenge.

  10. Seth Hoffman on October 22, 2018 at 11:28 am

    It must feel good to have passed another milestone!

    The south facade sure looks rough, but as elsewhere, I’m sure you’ll have it shining again in perfection.

    What was the source of the exposed nails in the shingles? I presume it was a mis-guided attempt to secure the loose shingles during past work? In addition to introducing an unnecessary penetration through the shingle and exposed fastener that can corrode, I expect it could also promote splitting of the shingles, since it restrains them against natural movement. I’m sure they’ll be a lot happier re-secured as intended after you are finished!

  11. Mike on October 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    If I typed out what I want to say, I could save time by copying and pasting Seth’s comment, LOL. So, I will just say BRAVO, ROSS!

  12. Linda Brandt on October 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Well done, it really looks good

  13. Nancy from Georgia on October 25, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Wow! The transformation from the tragic patchwork in the first picture to the elegant present is truly epic!! Well done and congratulations!

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