The Cross House
My temporary solution made the center window look like it was floating. It just looked odd. At first, with SO much else unfinished this did not bother me. Much. But after all the painting was done of this facade, and the roofs redone, and the tower finial restored, and a finial recreated for the hexagon tower, the “floating’ window looked ever odder and odder.
EEK! EEK! EEK!
During the last two years I gave the issue a lot of thought.
Initially I planned to just reinstall the two vertical trim boards at the side, and keep the shingles under the window. This would stop the window from floating, and keep water out of the house.
Then, after having so much fun working with WF Norman on the finials, and being so thrilled with their work, I knew they could create something out of molded galvanized tin. This would be a permanent solution, and would carefully recreate the original design. Whoee! I was quite pleased with my brilliance.
But…a lack of funds kept this idea from being realized. Don’t you hate when reality overrides vision?
What I did:
- I cut two vertical lines along the shingles, and then removed all the shingles in between.
- A new wide sill on the very bottom, out of pressure-treated lumber, was made, matching the lost original.
- Groh & Sons had a large piece of sheetmetal with a impervious brown finish. I had this cut to size, and had their computer crimper give it a L at the bottom to shed water.
- Two trim boards, made of PVC (plastic!) and of an all-important 5/4 thickness, were ripped to match the width of the lost originals.
Next to come is recreating the paneling effect out of 3/4 PVC. Even though plastic, the horizontals will have their top edges beveled to shed water.
All will get painted green. (I have no idea how it was painted in 1894, and the above images are non-original paint jobs.)
In time, water will get behind the paneling boards but to no effect. The boards, being PVC, cannot rot, and the water will just drip down the face of the metal, and drip off the sill on the bottom.
What I love is being able to take a flawed 1894 design and permanently resurrect it because of modern materials. A lovely dance between 1894 and 2017. I love this!
Well, I suspect you can imagine my great anticipation in the work being finished! I am quite breathless!