Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In which I use my old camera and realize how good the photos are!

I pulled out my real camera yesterday to take some shots of the progress at The Ocean House.  I forget how nice photos can be when taken with something other than a camera phone.  The photo below shows the progress on the front of the building!  Yay for new, not rotten moldings!!  As I think I said in the last post, we had to special order the crown molding, which should be here today and ready to paint. All I can say is thank gosh the stuff is pre-primed!  I just picked up the new transom window frames to paint today too.  I really am excited to get some glass in those and get them back into place.  Looks below like we are waiting for some hurricane to come along!

I love that I took this photo from across the street, sitting in my car.  The detail and the clarity are great!  The lighter colored caps on the returns are metal and of course don't match, but they are paintable and do protect the caps from rot.  Now to protect from the pigeons! I love the plain style of the moldings and I think they add a lot of character and charm.  Now I cannot wait for the roof and the siding! 

We've finished almost half of the window frames, so the rest shouldn't be so bad.  I have to hurry though, May is almost here and I need to do some painting and cleaning of cottages before the season starts!

I also have to start working on this area, where the food trucks are going.  We have to get a power pole into the back corner to service the vehicles that will be there.  Anyone want some beams??

Sunday, April 13, 2014

In which we continue the painting and start doing other chores

We are working behind the scenes these days, trying to line up heating system quotes and roofing quotes and learning about the benefits of solar panels and whether we can afford them right now.  The boys are working on building the moldings around the roof line, which can be a very slow process, but they are doing an amazing job.  I blew back into town from my sojourn to New York to find that the boys removed the rest of the moldings from the front of the building.  They do this when I am away, I think, so that I can't stop them.  Greg told me that all the moldings and trim had to go because of the rot they found either behind the boards or on the boards themselves.  Don't worry though, new boards will be coming as soon as the special sized crown molding arrives, shipped from somewhere in New Jersey.

We are still in the thick of painting the frame surrounds for the windows.  I just completed the 14th frame.  Pretty soon it will be nice enough to paint outside or something.

We are also trying to dry the basement out in preparation for setting in drains and pouring a floor.  When the addition had no roof, a lot of water got in the lower level and froze there.  We also want to wait for the ground to really thaw out so that we can level the dirt with a sand layer and get to work.  It is getting to be the busy time for everyone and we need to get moving before all our subs move onto other jobs.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

In which I just ramble on about stuff and show more photos

Greg and I spent the weekend locked in the painting studio where we got about 1000 board feet of moldings painted.  As Greg needs to move into another project for his real business, I will be painting the rest over the beginning of this week.  The building is coming along and we have a meeting with the power company today about what it might cost to move our power underground and get this pole out of the way.  They are also coming to shut down the power so our amazing electrician can pull the box off the building and move it so the boys can install one final window and finish wrapping up the building for winter...oh wait, I mean spring...

You can see where the last window goes in the photo below. 

I am happy to report that the porch really doesn't impinge on the afternoon light.  This photo was taken out the front windows around 5:30 pm last Friday.  

And what a deck the apartment has!  I didn't really think it would be that useable, but here I sit, in a comfy chair, around 5:30, looking towards the bridge.   

 You really can just sit, put your feet up, and watch the town of Belfast go by. 

I need more to go on, but I think the apartment is haunted.  A previous tenant told us that she used to hear someone walking around the apartment in the middle of the night, I walked into the first floor of the apartment one afternoon and heard scurrying of feet above.  When I went to check it out, I didn't see anything.  Then on Friday, I toured a friend through the apartment, went back outside with them and then decided to make a video of the construction in the apartment.  When I got to the second floor, the radio was on...when it hadn't been turned on when I did the tour.  I still need some convincing, but for now, I think we have a friendly ghost, whom I will name Casper.  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

In which there is video!

I shot a Video of the apartment yesterday in its current guise.  

Have a look!

And if anyone wants something to do on a rainy Saturday in Maine, come visit me!  You all know where I am!  I primed 200 board feet of 1x8" trim boards yesterday among running around town a lot.  Today is a first coat of finish paint, "Regent Beige," let's just call it tan, shall we?  Or, perhaps "mocha frappachino."

In which we play throwback Thursday, a few days late!

September 2012, three months before we bought the place

April 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

In which we are painting fools, and I mean fools!

A truck from Viking lumber arrived at Sunny Side yesterday and dropped off 1400 board feet of pine trim.  Combine that with the window frames that are already made up, and the results are tiring to think about.  Greg and I are doing our part to prime and paint all the trim as fast as we can.  Greg already painted about 1000 board feet of trim, which, if you are a regular reader, you know is already going up on the building.  

So we are painting fools!  I want to get all of this done before I have to leave for NYC next week (same day Greg begins jury duty!)
Color us frenzied, or tan, whichever you prefer.

Mid paint on one of the 7' tall window frames

The painting studio! Note the finished frames stacked up over the fridge

The delivery yesterday, the stack of 12" boards are around the corner

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In which we trim, trim, and trim the building.

People will think I am nuts, but I don't like plastic trim.  I don't like fiberglass trim.  I like wood trim.  I insisted on having wood trim all around the building.  I think wood trim just looks better.  This might kill us, it might be the bane of our existence in 10 years or so, but I like wood trim.  
The boys down at the building think I am nuts.

Greg spent the last couple of weeks painting trim boards at the only available warm room we have...the downstairs at Sunny Side cottage.  It has sat vacant for the winter and is now being put to good use.  I started there yesterday, painting the trim surrounds for the windows, which the boys have pre-made, so all I have to do is wrangle these 7' tall frames onto saw horses and prime the hell out of them...and then give them a few good coats of tan paint.  That's right, tan.
Yesterday afternoon, I primed two of the frames while on an hour long conference call. (shhh, don't tell)  

The more exciting photos are here though.
You might remember my post from May when Pegi, Greg and I were deep into designing the dormers.  Well, those dreams are being realized now that the trim is going up on the dormers.  I have been warned about pigeons and water and all sorts of famine and pestilence stories with regards to me wanting the dormers trimmed out as mini versions of the front of the building, but this is where I want to spend the money to make the Ocean House the pride of lower Main Street.  This building has languished too long on the wrong side of despair and it deserves a new life and a new look.  Call me crazy, but this is how I feel.  

I was asked the other day by a city official why we just didn't tear the building down and start from scratch.  Despite me losing confidence in said official's capacity in wanting to preserve the integrity of the downtown area, I proudly told said official that it was important to me to renovate, not obliterate.  

I love this old building and seeing these new dormers trimmed out and crisp looking gives me great joy.  She is coming back to life day by day.  Though the trim on this particular dormer isn't quite finished yet, it is looking awesome.

One of my favorite details on the dormers are the replication of the very geometric details under the returns.  You can just see the cove molding going on at the left side, that will continue on the front facing.  I get goose bumps just looking up there, it makes me happy.  
My hat is off to the boys from Whitecap builders, they understand that this building will be a focus point of downtown and they are stepping up and doing an excellent job.