Stuff ‘n Things

Wow, I am really running out of good titles! Soon my posts will be things like TOILETS!, GROUT!, HVAC SYSTEM! But for now I’ll tell  you about some advances in the construction project that happened this week.


Ooh La La!

The French door arrived!  This is the back porch and the entrance we’ll use 90% of the time. The door on the right will be stationary and we’ll open the one on the left. If you’re wondering why the heck this matters, I guess you don’t know Jim Burlingame very well. The man pretended to walk in the house with a bag of groceries for about 20 minutes and analyzed the most efficient way to enter, and which door should open in. He graduated from the Air Force Academy with an engineering degree so this stuff matters to him. Plus he’s just a major GOOBER and his mind is always spinning. Don’t ever ask him a question about math, science, military doctrine or rockets unless you have at LEAST 30 minutes to hear the answer.

Chris’ crew also added the underskirt to the house.


All the houses in our hood have these planks between the brick piers. There are all different styles, but we like the horizontal pattern with a little frame around it. These will be painted the same green as the dormers and will be a slightly darker shade from the body of the house.



Ooops! No Skirt!

The underskirt will only go on the front and the right side of the house since we dug the foundation in on the left and in the back. Basically the ground will be built up and the grass will hit just the bottom trim board. It’s the same in the back. We wanted the house to be as low as possible for a few reasons. I’ll leave you hangin’ for now though.


Siding and window trim!

The siding is 95% finished and all the windows are installed and trimmed up. This is the side of the house that Martha & Irl will look at so I hope they think it’s pretty. After it’s painted and the chimney is bricked, I think they’ll find it most easy on the eyes. 🙂

We’re off for a little vaca this week and you better believe I’m going to be on pins and needles while I’m gone. I’m sure the crew will be quite relieved to be able to work without an pestery old lady taking pictures and asking questions all day! When we return, the chimney will be completely bricked plus the HVAC system will be mostly completed. AND THE ROOFERS COME THIS WEEK!!!  I’m going to miss all that! I do hope Kauai will be worth it. I told Irl I’m bringing him a coconut bra. 🙂


Goodbye my sweet little casa! See you on Friday.


One thought on “Stuff ‘n Things

  1. Great progress. Can’t wait to hear the secret of why you chose to make the two sides different….one almost underground? If I misunderstood forgive me. I don’t have Jim’s skills at architecture…..or anything else. It’s like being kin to Tesla ( I just try to stay quiet or look to see if he smiles gently at my inept ideas.❤️

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