Thursday, October 22, 2009

Adding Parts While The Leaves Fall

If autumn days were all like this I could handle regular brief afternoon showers. Weather don't work like that this time of year. The next monsoon wave approaches.

The leaf drop picks up momentum with each passing day. Some trees, notably a good deal of the Tulip Poplars, Liriodendron tulipifera are nekkid already. It is a given that the Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia are skeletal. They fight a leaf defoliating pest from the moment they leaf out in the spring. The maples are always the star of the show.

Warm sunny days makes it so much easier to make progress on the cozy cabin. The beginning of railings on the steps to the service entrance and the stairs down to the basement patio have been attached.

The main girders have been covered to hide the ugly and protect the gas lines. This same treatment will be done on the outside facing side of the main girders to have a uniform and finished look.

Now the rigid insulation sandwich has begun. A two sheet thickness of the R-Max rigid insulation will be used to bring the floor to an R-38 value.

A decision was finally made on what to cover the insulation sandwich with that will create the ceiling of the basement patio. It will be Ply-Bead, 4 x 8 sheets of wood siding with a beaded grooved planking look to it. I think that will look nice under there. Now what color should I paint it?

Let's face it. The color palette of my surroundings is in constant motion. At some point in the year any color I choose is bound to coordinate.

If I stick with the existing colors of the cabin, the light yellow trim color, the Crafted White would make a nice light colored ceiling to offset the cave effect of being under the cabin. That is one thought.

The main girders themselves will very likely end of being the Molera Vaquero Red. Red and yellow side by side. How could that possibly be?


Siria said...

Hi Christopher! It looks like the warm sunny days have proved to be very productive at Outside Clyde!
Your porch railings look really nice. I love the beadboard you will be putting under the house for your porch ceilings. You ask what color to paint it ~ you know there is a Southern tradition to paint a porch ceiling a shade of blue or gray. There are all kinds of stories as to why this is, but I think this might look nice. I hope the monsoons stay away a bit longer for you!

Lola said...

Hi Christopher, it's looking good. I tend to go with your choice. You don't want it to be too dark looking under there. But like you say no matter what color you choose it will at some point blend in with the surroundings.
I remember the porch ceiling were painted a blue or Grey. Don't know the reason either unless those colors are calming.
I'm glad you have some warm sun. Doesn't it feel delicious. It tends to raise the spirits some.

Anonymous said...

Wow those leaves. They could rival any flower!

Rhonda said...

The autumn colors are beautiful. I think we are in our peak week right now (s. IL). Our porches have blue ceilings. A lovely shade called "Horizon." It's perfect for this old house. Not sure what is perfect for your home, but I know you'll figure it out. And it's just paint. Easy to change if you don't like the results. Bead board makes a great ceiling. I even used it on the ceiling of a room in our home that used to be an enclosed porch. And painted it blue, of course. :) ~~Rhonda

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A pale blue that I see a lot nn the ceilings of Southern porches might do too. I hear it keeps bugs from making their home on those painted ceilings. It would seem like the sky is under your cabin. The gray of the paint on the front of the cabin seems to have been taken from the trees around as seen in your photo. It will blend in nice with its surroundings.

Anonymous said...

Beadboard is a wonderful inspiration! I tend to think a lighter color would be best given where the patio is located, but only you know how much light you receive under there.
Love those autumn colors; "muted" is a relative term!


Anonymous said...

So glad you are able to get some stuff done while the sun shines. As for the monsoon, it petered out, on our side of the mountains anyway, nothing like the original forecast. Hope the same holds true for you. As for the ceiling, the lighter the better.


sweet bay said...

That last picture is a stunner.