Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Moving Along

The sun is weak. It has moved so far south it barely rises above the high peak across the street. It sets well out of "The View" and the lowest point is still to come.

With competition from clouds and no assist from southern air, this was a low/no melt day.

Despite the relative cold, it really wasn't all that bad working outside because the wind WAS NOT blowing. Wind is the enemy when it is cold.

The cozy cabin's profile keeps gathering form. The back steps have to wait a bit until we get the final elevation for the main drain line out of the cabin. The turd box ended up higher than expected which raises the drain line. The deck of the back stoop may have to be extended forward to get the steps over the drain line. More deck isn't a bad thing, it is just more footings, lumber and carpentry. Sigh.

But look, a front porch minus the metal roof is near done. A couple of minor decorative details need to be added to mask some imperfections, maybe. I'll look again and decide tomorrow.

It doesn't feel warm enough to stay outside until about eleven. By four, dusk is settling in.

Slowly moving along.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

The finials look cute on the posts. Keep on keeping on.

Anonymous said...

It's coming along very well. I like the finials too but I can't tell what they are. I've heard that pineapples are a sign of hospitality. I think finials complete the look. They afford a place to hang something too---like a handmade wreath for Christmas!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher, bummer about the drain line, but more deck is not a bad thing, as you say. As soon as we have completed any deck we have built, or had built, the first thing said is, we should have made it larger, same with greenhouses! I think you are more than able to work in all types of weather! Any employer would be as lucky as winning the lottery to have you for a worker. :-)

We are sick and tired of this cold trough sitting on the SE that will not move on!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher! The decks are looking really good! I love the finials too. Too bad you might have to extend the back deck, although I know you will be happier in the end with a larger deck. And I agree with Frances...any employer would be winning the lottery to have you as an employee!

Annie in Austin said...

People in the suburbs sometimes have front doors that only guests use because the homeowners enter through the garage. That's not going to happen here, is it, Christopher - your porches will connect the house to the ground and you to the outside and seeing you make it happen connects us to a place we've never seen (except for lucky duck Frances!)

I also love those finials and the shape of the porch roof.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Christopher C. NC said...

The finials are just one of the post selections at Lowes. It is one piece of wood with that design cut in. A bit like an oval pyramid.

Frances you are sick of the cold already? Not good.

Y'all are so sweet about my work ethic. I have always wanted a sabbatical. I guess this period of my life is it.

Annie, those front steps are very grounding. I know the building contractor is going to love them. It is only a sixteen and a half inch rise to the porch, but that was a hard step for him to go up and down.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher,
Staying warm?
I meant to ask you about the underneath of your cozy cabin. When she is finished do you intend to enclose her bottom or just leave it as is?

Christopher C. NC said...

Lola, underneath the cabin is an open air basement patio. If you click on the tag "Wall", all the posts labeled with that will come up and show that space.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher, the cold is getting to me. Our heater went out yesterday and it is in the teens this morning with the wind chill. I have on many layers of clothing, inside the house, my toes are frozen even in the uggs, while I wait for the repairman. This is not normal for here at all, to have so much cold, day after day this early, or even later in the season. It is supposed to be more up and down, heavier on the up. :-(

Christopher C. NC said...

Frances, you need a plan B, like visiting the neighbors with a note on the door for the repairman or layers of comforters back in bed or on the sofa with a good book or movie.

Yea, last year there was more up in the cold alleged warm cycle.