Fussing with the Soffits

The back eaves project is moving slowly. The structure back there is a pretty big mess, but we don't want to do anything too drastic -- this is a part of the house we are planning to literally tear down and rebuild at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Reattaching the soffit board

Today we started out by reattaching the soffit board. There was plenty of just kind of staring at it and puzzling over how to make it happen at first, and then a few screws in the right places made it all come together. I must say, it is nice working up on the scaffolding as opposed to on a ladder.

Rotten rafter ends

You can see here the rotted rafter boards that we've sistered some 2x4's onto. There's a lot of moisture in there and part of this project is to try to arrange things so a little less water leaks in there with every rain.

Two layers of siding on the back wall

For example, you can see here (with a BIG RED ARROW to show you where) that there are two layers of siding on the back wall of the house. Water has just been running down in between them, which is why the paint on the back wall is peeling off. We'll seal that up at the top as part of this project.

We still have the whole east side, too

When we get the back side done, we still have the lower part on the east side of the house to close up, as well. Same basic issues, but only one layer of siding, thank goodness.

Planted-up brick pathway

While Noel worked on that, I ran some errands, and picked up a couple small groundcover plants for the brick pathway out front. Just more Elfin thyme and a veronica, planted in the triangles of space left by using only whole and half bricks.

Eyeball wreath

I also started decorating for Halloween. I bought a sack of eyeballs at the local seasonal costume store, and made this awesome eyeball wreath (I was thinking of adding some leaves to it to make it a FALL eyeball wreath, what do you think?). They were distressingly completely out of odd limbs, renewing my determination to spend all next summer casting arms and legs from my friends and neighbors for lawn use. I do have a few arms from last year, so we are not utterly bereft of decoration, but I was hoping to step up the arms-coming-from-shrubbery thing this year.

Anyway, we set some boards out to get nice and dry (they got rained on recently) over the next day or so, then I will sand and prime them. They are siding boards, so we can at least bring the siding up to all be the same depth at the back. Some caulking will also be involved. Luckily it is due to be sunny and warm all week, and we both have flexible work schedules.

posted by ayse on 10/23/11

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I have to say, I didn't listen and read your blog from start to finish in ALMOST one day... and I am still determined to try to buy my dream home which is in much worse shape than your house is (scary, huh?).. it is a 1843 Greek Revival that has been empty for 3 yrs and it too will have a 10 yr plan (at least) since it is in Virginia and we live in Texas. I will say though that I want you to come visit and do the gardens when we get to that point but you have been bugging me nutty because you don't finish a room at one time! That will have to be a requirement for me if we do purchase because I am going to go for grant money and do it as a "museum" and show on weekends while we restore it - it is on both the National Historical and Virgina Historical registry so have to follow the rules.. Love what all you have done and appreciate your sharing your trials and successes as well as your informational posts on contracts and other items - they have already been printed out in case we get to make our dream come true. And please don't take my anal comment about not finishing a room personally - that is my hang up, not yours :-) thanks for sharing, Randi ps... have already picked out the wallpaper and paint for the two parlors - how bad is that - especially when the ceiling is falling down in one of the rooms??? But don't worry - if I get the house, I am going to personally bring you ALL of the fake wood paneling that they put up (probably around 2000 sq ft of it - all in kitchen and basement) because I know how much you love it and trash and I will have 6000 sq ft of it to share with you..

Thanks for the offer, Randi, but you can hang onto that fake wood paneling. Never know when it will come in handy for a plumbing repair (I can't remember if we posted about that or not, but suffice it to say: yuck).

As for finishing rooms, it's really more about knowing your comfort level. If you are ready and excited to do the kind of restoration you're doing, go for it. I knew getting into this that I could not do a restoration and wanted a renovation instead; we're provisionally on the historical list but I don't want to live with what they require. I really do think it's great that you can live with that, can turn a house into a museum from a distance. Best of luck to you and stay in touch.

LOVE the eyeball wreath. Bravo.

I love the eyeball-wreath (two words I don't think I've every typed together), just as it is. The grapevine/twigs make it look like a hairy eyeball-wreath (well, now there are three words that I've never typed together)! As far as the extra limbs go, seems like I've seen old mannequins for sale in thrift stores and the like...maybe that would be a possible source?

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