Inching Along

Today, the cornice got sanded, to ready it for paint! Yesterday, all the curly bits were meticulously caulked to they would look more “solid” as opposed to just stuck on.


The crazy downspout? I have to do something about that.



  1. Chriatine on May 30, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    It does look a little funky. While looking at your picture close up, I noticed you made the effort to cut your scaffolding around that downspout. That’s just a perfect example of your meticulous nature, Ross. That house is so damn lucky that you couldn’t live without it.

    • Ross on May 30, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      I had to cut it, Chriatine! It wouldn’t fit otherwise!

  2. Margaret on May 30, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Like so many others, I have just finished reading the entire Cross House blog. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will continue to keep current. It is a fascinating process, and I admire your commitment! I co-own a late vernacular victorian house in Holyoke, MA that is about 1400 square feet, so a few of my houses could fit into the Cross House. Keep up the good work and keep bringing us along for the ride!

  3. Sean on May 31, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Crazy Downspout…a perfect name for a Bra or Restaurant!

  4. Laura on May 31, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Too bad the crazy downspout can’t drain down in the corner to the left……

    • Ragnar on June 1, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      Well, can’t it? IMO letting it follow the roof line to the left and then down along the wall would be pretty sensible, if not the only decent way of doing it. I can’t quite make out what’s going on there at ground level but it looks like a helf-demolished porch to me and you could run the pipe under that, away from the house.

  5. Emily on June 1, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I’m sorry if I missed this, but I’m curious why you skipped over the side to the right to start working on the inside corner. Are you waiting on the “back” of the house for some other things first? Thoroughly enjoy all your updates, excitement, and insight. Keep up the amazing and inspiring work

    • Ross on June 1, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Hi, Emily!

      I skipped the east facade because the south facade is part of the 2017 Heritage Grant, and it has a deadline.

      • Emily on June 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm

        Oh golly!! That’s right. You did explain that. The south facade needs more /help/rescuing/work, the grant, etc. Thanks for the reminder.

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