When it comes to working on the beach house we’ve pretty much assumed the same motto as the US Postal Service. You know the one….”neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will keep us from painting with all our might”. Well it’s somewhat different but close enough.
Have you ever tried to paint a house in 29 degree temperatures? That’s what Mopar Man, my niece Suzy and I did this weekend. We finally had to stop because it started hailing so bad the wind was blowing the icy crystals sideways into our faces. Oh the joys of building a house on the Washington coast during the winter months. Actually it hasn’t really been that bad. Every single time we go down to the beach to paint the exterior of the house, God provides us with a window of sunshine and dry weather. It’s happened so often our neighbors have even commented on it. Hey, what can I say…..our God is an amazing weather man.
We were surprised to see that the wall board guys were working on the weekend to make sure they got the job done on time. Actually, we weren't expecting this phase of the house to be done until this week.
Look at all that lovely wall board in my kitchen.
Suzy is laying out our sandwiches so we can dine in the living room.
Mopar Man is putting the finishing touches on the front door,
That Mopar Man is a real multi tasker. He's here, he's there...he's everywhere. If you look to the bottom right you will see our $1,100 swale. Now if you're like me you're probably asking yourself "so, what's a swale?" A swale my friends is a drainage ditch for the water run off from the house's gutters. This isn't just any old ditch...no siree. Pacific County required us to hire an engineer to design it and of course we had to purchase a permit and pay a professional to dig it. Do you have any "swale" ideas on how to landscape around a 24 ft. hole in the middle of our back yard?
Those streaks you see in this photo are a mixture of hail and snow. We took this as a sign (duhhh!) that it was time to hang up our paint brushes and head for home. It's a good thing we did because the next morning ODOT closed Hwy 30 through the coast range.
Well folks that brings you up to date on the progress of the beach house. This week the walls will get textured and next week we’ll make a mad dash to the coast to paint the intire inside of the house so that it’s ready for cupboards, interior doors, floor coverings etc. We now have a completion date of Feb. 22nd. Looks like I’ll be celebrating my birthday in the new house.
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