Inching Along

Bit by bit by bit! Every shingle needs to be cut to width, and 50% need to also have a half-round bottom. VERY tedious, but survivable due to audible books!


And some shingles need to be laboriously fitted to windows sills, and curved trim! Note also how bottom edge of trims align with bottom edge of sill. Mmmmm, details!





  1. Leigh on April 17, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Impressive attention to details, Ross. The best 1-person restoration that I am privileged to read about. Thank you for your high standards.

  2. Mona on April 17, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    You can’t know how even your baby steps of progress are gratifying. Thank you for giving me the pleasure of home improvement by proxy!
    Each of your posts gives me hope. Keep up the good work!

  3. Dan Goodall-Williams on April 18, 2019 at 3:07 am

    This is such a transformation! I can’t wait to see it finished. And, as always, your attention to detail is second to none!

  4. Derek Walvoord on April 18, 2019 at 9:02 am

    That IS a delicious detail! One of the fun things about this process is gaining that appreciation for the detail in the design. Laborious – yes! But, you get a really full picture of what is going on with the house. Great work!

  5. Katie Learmonth on April 18, 2019 at 10:50 am

    When you look at each window in the photo, the shingles line up with the sills of all the windows so that the scalloped detail is directly under the sill. Now that takes some preplanning.

    • Leigh on April 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Good eye, Katie! This is why Ross’ restoration is superb. Super attention to detail. More blessings, Ross.

  6. Barb Sanford on April 18, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Looking crisp and clean! It’s so wonderful to see the progress you’re making on the south side. Of all the transformations you’ve achieved on this house, the south side might be the most amazing in person.

  7. Kirsten on April 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Do they have the Mueller Report on audible books yet?

  8. Phyllis Copt on April 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Oh, how I love watching your rest-or-ation of 526 Union. Living in the loft/ballroom apartment in the ‘70s holds so many sweet memories for me. Thanks for insisting on “making things right.”

  9. Sean on April 19, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Having undertaking similar projects, I think the part I love most about seeing that corner resurrecting is knowing that all the layers behind it have been made right also- the framing, the sheathing and now the shingles. The paint will be the icing on the cake!

  10. Leenie on April 20, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Happy Easter Ross

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