We used our day to leisurely finish up the painting around the shop's fascia, windows and doors, put the last screws in the metal roof, and cover up the house foundation for the season. Here you can see how we've employed our arsenal of retired advertisements to protect the foundation, as well as the former Yome deck / MFW bandstand. If Google Maps takes any new pictures while these are splayed out, we just may try for an endorsement deal....
Does this make us look kind of redneck-y?
The whole roofing process is done now. During the process I was having second thoughts about Snap Loc roofing. It does go up quickly, and a lot of the work has been done for you, but some of the details around corners, edges and the ridge are less than eloquent. The bit of trimming we did have to do was a real pain in the neck, too. We ended up giving up on the tin snips and tackling the project with a jigsaw, which is not recommended. The tin snips, in addition to being tedious and painful, were giving up bent, jagged edges in very visible places, like the plum cut over the fascia on the front gable end. Now that it's done, I suppose it went well and looks good, but we definitely have a better idea of what we do and don't want when it comes time to do the house's roof.
The next step is finding siding. Our dream of finding some great salvageable barn wood has proven to be unrealistic. As "green" becomes more of a buzz word, and salvage becomes more chic, we're competing with upscale designer builders, public works projects and fancy art museums in Los Angeles for the once ubiquitous beat up old doug fir barn planks. It's fantastic that reusable materials are making their way into the mainstream and cutting edge of design, don't get me wrong. It does mean that thrifty little gatherers like ourselves are being overbid and discouraged from using these materials, though. Old, distressed barn wood is being sold for $5 a linear foot! On craigslist! We just can't afford it. The plan right now is to contact some local mills and price some cedar tongue and groove planks, which are generally less than $1 a foot. Tough time to be trendsetters, I suppose.
Coming soon, the exciting details of our PV Solar setup! Jonathan, our solar guy, has been working on a new mounting setup, which we'll be the first to try out. The whole process will be thoroughly documented. I'm hoping to film a little interview with Jonathan the next time he comes out, too. Stay tuned!