Monthly Archives: May 2011

back yard cottage sighting / siding

Hey, what is that peeking from back there?  Ever look at that ugly cottage in your back yard and wonder, gosh, what ever kind of siding do I put on it?  We went with Hardie clapboard siding.  A clean and simple yet slightly traditional look for the upgrade of this building. Larger, more vertical windows at the courtyard bring more light into the rooms and accentuate the 10ft tall ceilings.  This is the color that the siding comes – not yet painted. Upstairs the living spaces are now open to each other, front to back.  Photo below looking at the back wall, the older 70s window shapes had to be maintained because they’re directly on the property line.  Or we would have increased them – why, why is there so much blank wall space above these windows?  To hang fun pictures?  Fact of the day:  windows closer to the ceiling bring light deeper into the room.  Push ’em up! 

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raze the roof

A well-lit facade.  There’s a glow coming through the windows of this building, and looking through them you can see the sky.  In the demo phase, the (sagging, leaking) roof has been removed.  (some of these photos are terribly dark / contrasty, I took them with my not-so-great phone camera!).  These patched-together trusses, pretty in silhouette, were bowed pretty badly over the 50ft span.  A few of the pieces had large splits/breaks in them.  Most of the timber is being reused as framing elsewhere in the building and/or has been donated.  Some windows have even been passed along to an artist who paints on the glass. The view of the Lutheran church on er, Church St from the rear of the building.  The existing building filled almost the entire lot from side to side and front to back, so we’re modifying the walls in order to create legal operable windows.  Some old framing reused as staggered studs between rooms.  A view through the wall to an adjacent building. Some framing and old window openings at the front of the building.  These quirky top floor windows were only about 1ft from the floor, not really matching the interior spaces.  Toddlers would enjoy them, I suppose.  You can see how much empty space is above them on the wall…..great placement!?  More to come –

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