The summer months brought a slow down to Honor’s Corner. We needed a financial respite from the constant check writing and John needed to go live his own life for a few months. We spent the summer getting used to the house and enjoyed as much time as possible with our youngest child, who has since left for college, and her older sister who was home for a few weeks. Cooler weather has arrived and we are focused on the final phases of the project!
Honor’s Corner To-Do List
1. Finish exterior painting
2. Back porch finishes (ceiling fan, lights, floor trim)
3. Back yard landscaping (drainage system and plantings)
4. Carport construction
5. Fence design and installation
6. Rain Water Pillow and downspouts installation
7. Inside punch list (paint touch-ups, toilet wobble, baseboard trim in loft, one electrical outlet that doesn’t work)
8. Final Inspection for LEED and EarthCraft Certifications
Some of these items are pretty big; the carport and back yard landscaping for example, but all the items are actually in the works. We have a landscape plan, the carport plans are with a design company and the exterior painting is almost complete!
The remainder of this post is dedicated to our painters. They have really become part of the family since their arrival in January to paint the inside. I call them “The Dynamic Duo” and Patrick jokingly calls them “Donny and Marie”. Whatever we call them, they are definitely on our hero list!
Donny and Kathy are more than painters. Much of what they do is repair and preparation. Donny is the “King of Caulk.” He used about 30 tubes of caulk on the inside and is now approaching 40 tubes on the outside! The inside was completely new construction as is much of the outside. Over half of the siding was replaced, all of the windows were replaced, a back porch was added and the front porch was completely sanded and refurbished, including the ceiling, columns, rails and all the trim. Donnie & Kathy have a finely-tuned process. Donnie does all the caulking and sanding while Kathy makes the rounds with the primer and the first coat of paint. They move methodically around the perimeter of the house, inspecting every single inch of the surface. Once the area is repaired, sanded and caulked, Donnie joins in the painting process until that area is complete and then they move onto the next area. Contrary to popular belief in the neighborhood, Donnie & Kathy are not married. They are long-time friends and business partners who complete each other’s sentences and anticipate each other’s moves. Donnie & Kathy have been painting together for over 30 years. They have an incredible work ethic and are perfectionists. To prevent burn-out they work 6 hours a day. They arrive everyday at 9AM sharp and work until 3PM without taking time for lunch. They have been dedicated to our house since early August and have missed only a few days due to rain. We smile everyday at the progress and have 100% confidence in everything they have done for our home!
Here is a look back at the two-tone siding before painting began.
One of the first areas to receive the new color: Aqua Bay!
Donnie working his magic with the caulk gun!
John’s summer respite from the project was interrupted occasionally when large pieces of trim needed replacing. I was happy to get a picture of all three of them early on working on the same side of the house!
Large pieces of trim on the front were completely replaced.
Shelly and Luci love keeping them company during the cooler temperatures! (Kathy is painting the doors “Annapolis Blue” as I type.)
Some days Luci has refused to go inside. She is 16 years old now and uses a ramp to navigate the stairs. She will have a more permanent set up in the back yard when we finish up the landscaping. Luci loves to be outside with Kathy!
John and Donnie have utilized two-part wood epoxy to restore small areas of rot on the original trim.
The front porch ceiling was caulked, sanded and primed before final coats of paint were applied.
The house has three tall peaks that had to be sanded, repaired, caulked, primed and painted.
Donnie is hilarious. He took a break from the painstaking process of painting the back porch ceiling for me to get a picture of him in his finest. He is sporting a neck brace, back brace, ace bandage on his painting wrist and tape over his glasses to keep the paint from splattering in his “one good eye.” What a mess!
Kathy on the other hand is quiet and graceful and rarely has a splatter on herself. Her small hands ache some from decades of painting and most often I see her painting with a 2″ brush! Her attention to detail is mind boggling!
They should wrap up in the next two weeks!
BTW: Neighbors were a bit surprised at first by the bold color but dozens of daily comments indicate that it gets the thumbs up.
Here’s what it looks like today…
Special thanks to my sweet friend Wendy Morton who helped me select the house colors and gave me the confidence to actually use them!