Monday, August 30, 2010

Feeling Accomplished: Siding

Matt and I had a very specific goal in mind this weekend as we headed up to Asheville.  That isn't to say we don't normally, but this time the goal was to have the house sided!  We knew we couldn't do it all in the time we had available, but if we could just get three sides done we would feel accomplished.  And that is exactly what we did. 

We left Atlanta about 6am on Saturday morning and drove directly up to Mt. Matt.  We packed sandwiches and water and evening entertainment to prevent ourselves from wanting to leave the mountain to go into Asheville.  It worked perfectly.  We arrived and set out immediately to work on the siding. 

I began staining the panels.  I have never stained before and it took me some time to get the hang of it.  I learned quickly that staining is a completely different skill set than painting.  I caught on quickly.  The stain is from Lowe's and the color is called "Espresso".  The intention was to mimic the appearance of the bar as much as we could.  The barn has a metal roof and the outside is old weathered wood.  So the house has the brown/black stain with the gray metal roof.  We love the color combination. 

After we started me staining panels, Matt would measure the house to determine where to cut the window openings.  Once the stain was dry enough, he would cut those out and we could install the siding. 

We completed the entire left side of the house on day one.  We started there, of course, because it is the part of the house the faces the woods.  The rest of it is really visible. 

We rewarded our first day of hard work with dinner out at a local watering hole.  Then we came back to the barn and Matt played some music while I did some other blogging. 

On day two, we got up early and headed right back up to keep staining, cutting and siding. 

We finished around 2pm and cleaned up, packed up and headed back to Atlanta. 

As a side note, I mention here sometimes the wildlife that I love up at Mt. Matt.  This weekend I had three insect run-ins that I loved. 

There was the Yellow Jacket Hoverfly, also known as the Good News Bee:

And there was this little caterpillar that I saved from certain death as he had found himself on Matt's skill saw in the middle of the project.

And lastly, this spider.  I haven't been able to identify it.  I have googled "pointed spider" and I come up with nothing.  Those little triangles on his back are actually points and black spot on his abdomen is also pointy.

The next trip up, in September, we should be able to finish the siding on the front of the house as well as on the gables.  Then we have to trim it and put up the battens that will be simply cosmetic.  Having the siding done seems like a real milestone.  You can always check out the entirety of our progress here

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I am sorry for the delay in our update.  We were in Asheville this past weekend - August 14th and 15th.  But life has been awfully surreal.  On August 9th, my email account was hacked and all associated accounts were taken over.  That meant I didn't have access to Blogger. I have spent the 10 days trying to get it back, and it finally worked. 

So, on with the update.  This past weekend our trip to Asheville was mostly pleasure.  There was a big storm in Atlanta on Friday night, so rather than trying to get out of this city in the traffic jam caused by rain and by, well, traffic we decided to go up on Saturday.  We got up at 4:30 am and left Atlanta.  When we got up to Asheville we went to Home Depot to rent a truck and get the plywood we needed for siding.  When we arrived, about 10 after 8, we were told the truck had just been rented out for the whole weekend!  The helpful rental guy called the other Home Depot and they had their truck and would hold it for us.  We drove over there and rented it.  But then, that Home Depot didn't have the plywood we were looking for!  The horror.  So, we took the Home Depot Truck and drove to the Lowe's that is nearest our land.  We were, of course, made fun of for taking a Home Depot Truck to Lowe's but they had what we needed.  We took it back to the land.  We had to use the ATV and trailer to get it up to the tiny house, but when we tried to start the ATV it wouldn't.  Matt spent some time trying to figure out the problem and eventually we decided to change the spark plug.  The sucker started up as soon as we did that and we were able to load the plywood onto the trailer in two loads to take up to the house. It took us longer to do that than we wanted to and rain was threatening so we decided not to do any more work.  The next step was to stain and cut the plywood and that all had to be done outside.  So, we decided to spend the rest of the weekend enjoying ourselves.  We drove back to the Home Depot, got our car and began our new adventure.  We chose to check out the town of Hickory, about an hour or so away.  We drove out there, stopped at a microbrewery.  The town was small and it started to rain so we called up a hotel in Black Mountain (back on the way to Asheville) and headed back.  In Black Mountain we went to the Pisgah Brewery and enjoyed a beer in the courtyard of the brewery.  The rain had cleared and it was cool and lovely.  We went to dinner and then to the hotel to sleep.  The next morning we decided just to head back to Atlanta.  So, it doesn't seem like we got a ton of work done but delivering the siding materials was pretty important and we enjoyed ourselves otherwise.

We are in Atlanta this weekend, but next weekend we will be back up to Asheville and will stain and cut the siding and begin installing it.  I can't wait to get photos of that!