Friday, September 12, 2014

In which we compare...Its before and after Friday!


Way, way before...around 1890s

Just before.....October 2012

After.....September 2014. Props to Alicia Nichols for the photo.
not bad, eh?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In which we work on the landscaping.

While I wait around for the sprinkler system to hold 200 lbs of pressure for the next few hours...(It was a bit harrowing this morning listening to the pipes slowly fill throughout the building while we searched for non-existent leaks)...I thought I would take this opportunity to show off some of the hardscaping that has been going on down at the ole-girl, courtesy of our favorite landscape geniuses: Dan Waldron and his merry band of rock toting lads and Larry Jones and his dazzling back-hoe and rock placement skills.  
We have new pea stone pathways and some ready to plan mulched gardens around the ADA ramp.

The large courtyard of hay will be a beautiful lawn next year where we can rent space to pop up tent artisans on the weekends.  I figure we have about five to seven spots right on Cross Street that face Main Street.

The door yard has perfect visibility coming down Pendleton from the Coop.

About 85% of the large stone that we used around the building came from onsite, this this granite step into the first floor.  This was the threshold for the basement space when it was a garage.

 This enormous flat piece of granite came from underneath the building.  It makes a great step 

Though these granite steps didn't come from the building the stones at the top were some of the ones that I pick-axed out from underneath the Ocean House


Larry used boulders, uncovered when the front of the building was dug out, to make this cool retaining wall.  The short wall in front crafted on the fly by Dan Waldron is made up entirely of granite mined from under the building and I think is beautious.  Dan's hardscaping skills are evident everywhere .

The beautiful bluestone block at the door was dug up somewhere under the building as well. 
Quite the difference from what it used to look like over here!  Dan and Larry had a good time finding uses for all of these stones.


 Some leftover concrete curbing from the MBNA days was scoured to used for grading steps at the back door.  No more puddles!

And of course I wanted us to have a gently sloping lawn so we could roll down it on sunny days.

All of this granite was found onsite and cut to make an awesome staircase between Cross Street and the parking lot.  Anyone know of a good iron smith who can make railings? 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In which we put in some finishing touches....and give a big "hooray for our team" cheer!

It is just six o'clock on Saturday morning and I lie in bed tired and sore. We have some more finishes to do to the first floor space over the next two days before keys exchange and Lisa begins her transition from up the hill.  The last several days have been mind-blowing.  Thursday, we had 10 guys working on the place (including ourselves) and yesterday our excellent friend David called to say that he had three guys who could come and help out for four hours.  12 hours of free labor??  An amazing gesture and one that we gladly accepted  In four hours they painted the front porch after Greg put up the architectural brackets that we found online.  Last night was the August "Final Friday" art walk and we kept the lights on at the Ocean House for all to see....I feel like we created our own work of art with the Ocean House and I wanted to show it off.  Thank you everyone for you help and support.  

The brackets are cast foam that come pre-primed. I couldn't find exactly what we were looking for, so we had the idea to modify them by cutting the L-shaped brace back...the results are a bracket that gives more movement and is lighter in feel.   


Greg and I also spent two days installing the ceiling on the porch.  It is painted "Pacific Pearl" a blue color that I found years ago and have always liked for covered porch ceilings.  



I can't tell you how pleased we both are with the new space.  The floor is gorgeous.



Dan Waldron and Larry Jones came down and started some exterior work at the beginning of the week.  Larry created the retaining wall at the top all with stones and rocks and boulders we found on the lot.  Dan created the granite wall with the pavers that we hacked out of the ground underneath the building.  Dan continued work all week on the grounds of the Ocean House and he did a splendid job! The boy has talent!

All of these pieces of granite were found on the property and cut to fit for a staircase.


Whitecap came and built a beautiful ADA ramp to the first floor porch after Dan graded the property.



Monday, August 25, 2014

In which, after all that, I never posted pics of the finished roof!

Here are the photos of the groovy new roof, finally finished after a month of working on it.  I dunno if the snow catchers are tall enough to stop too much snow, but let's hope the roof is as effective as it is beautiful.  It adds a gorgeous cap onto the Ocean House.  If you don't know, or are new to the blog, the roof was partially paid for by a Federal "slum and blight" facade grant.  We had to jump through a lot of hoops, but got a great roof out of it.  Thanks to Mitchell Roofing of Liberty.  






Sunday, August 24, 2014

In which we've come a long way....baby!

When I get panicked about things, going back over old photos helps.  We really have come a long way. Keep calm and carry on....I don't think there is a better expression for right now!







Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In which I don't have much time to post anymore, but here are photos of what is going on.

It may be unrealistic, but I am bound and determined to get the first floor space done by September 1. We have been working long days and thinking about it long into the night.  We are almost there and a lot is going to happen this week and next for us to make it there.  Landscaping even starts tomorrow! 
Greg and I are putting the floor down now and we almost made it half way yesterday before our backs gave out.  I say us, but Greg is the one doing the laying out and the nailing.  I am hauling and cutting the boards and muscle-ing them into place when they are warped.  I am also in charge of sanding and finishing.  I experimented on the bathroom floor first, which is gorgeous and has many layers of a hand-rubbed tung oil finish with a final coat of tung oil and resin....I have finally come to the conclusion that it is just too labor intensive to do to the whole first floor space, and I have found an alternative that will take half the time and produce similar results...a non-shiny matte surface. 

this is the bathroom after two coats of tung oil


three coats


fourth and final coat. 

We cleared out the first floor and Greg worked on prepping the subfloor.  I really love this space, it is unique in Belfast and reminds me of a city loft somewhere.  Or an Old Port, Portland, Maine space.  


Greg had a hell of a time casing out the front windows and doors because of how crooked the original windows are. He brilliantly finished the job and they look great!   He was nailing in the last nail on the last piece of molding around one of the upper windows....was on a ladder with a nail gun when a woman with a chihuahua in the crook of her arm, popped her head in the window behind him and asked him what the place would be...then the dog barked, scared the s^^t out of Greg, who popped a nail in the wrong place and then tumbled off the ladder...she walked away unscathed and Greg ended up with a sore back and shoulders and a broken window pane....


The flooring is gorgeous.  This photo was taken on the first day around lunchtime.  We almost made it to the wall before our backs gave out.  Not only did we put the floor down, but we had to move that pile of flooring and one more slightly smaller to get to the wall.  


The roofers finish today, or so they say, after a month on the job.  The heat pumps get installed tomorrow and the water hooked up over the weeeknd.  Zoom Zoom!
We are taking a break from the floor today, Greg goes to Portland for a dentist appt.  and I head to Fairfield for a day of auctions...wish me luck!