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    We decided to cut a hole from the new office into the rest of the house. We took out the old carport window and we're going to brick it in. We decided that a window in the middle of the house would be weird, and since this brick is getting painted over, we don't need to worry about the mortar matching. The new 1 1/2 ton unit for this side of the house is installed, and most of the duct work is in place. The compressor is not in place outside yet.


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    These photos show the completion of the insulation, the installation of the new ton and 1/2 unit for that side of the house, the duct work and returns for it, the raising of the floor where there used to be a landing so that it's the same height as the rest of the floor, and the reworking of the plumbing and fixtures in the bathroom downstairs. Also, the brick in that bathroom, since it used to be outside before the addition, may become the wall on one side (save in the shower itself) since it's a prepared surface, and would be an interesting contrast of texture and color. The hallway outside the bathroom is all brick already.
















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    The mason has almost finished the bases for the columns that will hold up the porch roof. These will be Craftsman-style tapered columns.






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    My wife just sent this to me of the first column prototype. Cool.



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    Love those craftsman columns.

    Question: is the yellow on siding of the new addition going to be painted white? Maybe that's just the raw color? I personally prefer the yellow. Maybe you should do the whole house that color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Love those craftsman columns.

    Question: is the yellow on siding of the new addition going to be painted white? Maybe that's just the raw color? I personally prefer the yellow. Maybe you should do the whole house that color.
    That's the color the siding comes in. My wife wants a gray color on the siding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    That's the color the siding comes in. My wife wants a gray color on the siding.
    Fine. Side with your wife over me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Fine. Side with your wife over me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    Going to install French doors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    Going to install French doors?
    Double barn doors.
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    looks nice. upgrade that exterior lighting tho.
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    Really like those columns. They look great. Question: did you explore the cost difference between wood and other more weather-resistant options (PVC, for example). Seems like the upkeep on the wood might become a PITA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    What does that writing say? Graba melones? Melania?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donuthole View Post
    Really like those columns. They look great. Question: did you explore the cost difference between wood and other more weather-resistant options (PVC, for example). Seems like the upkeep on the wood might become a PITA.
    The humidity in the Southeastern US makes it so that you have to paint every 5-8 years on any north-facing or heavily-shaded white surface anyway (look at the ceiling in the closeup photo of the exterior front door. That was painted in October 2010 and has been washed with bleach twice since then), and we wanted to be able to do things like hang things from them without worrying about splitting the PVC. Given those parameters, the contractor recommended wood, so we went with wood.

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    What does that writing say? Graba melones? Melania?
    I sometimes do a food co-op where I sell shares of the co-op for $20 each, and then I go to the state farmers market in Columbia and use all of the money to buy whole cases of produce in bulk. Then, when I get home, I divvy the produce up into equal portions times the number of shares sold. So, if I sell 20 shares, I've got $400 (which buys a shit ton of produce), and then I divide everything by 20. Well, we used to divide it up in my carport, and one time, I got enough watermelons for everyone to have one in the co-op. The brunette, at maybe age 6 or 7, not thinking that it wouldn't rain under the carport, but trying really hard to pitch in and help us, wrote on the wall, "Grab a Melon!" And, well, it made my heart happy to see the innocence of her heart in trying to help and make sure that people didn't forget their melon, that I never erased off the wall. It's been up there since like 2008 or 2009 I think. Most people see it and think, "Tacky." I see it and miss my little girl. She's a freshman in high school, on the track and field team (shot put, hammer throw, and discus), and will get her learner's permit in May. But, I miss this little thing sometimes, and that chalk graffiti helped me remember her like that every time I came home.

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    That blue on the siding looks nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    The humidity in the Southeastern US makes it so that you have to paint every 5-8 years on any north-facing or heavily-shaded white surface anyway (look at the ceiling in the closeup photo of the exterior front door. That was painted in October 2010 and has been washed with bleach twice since then), and we wanted to be able to do things like hang things from them without worrying about splitting the PVC. Given those parameters, the contractor recommended wood, so we went with wood.



    I sometimes do a food co-op where I sell shares of the co-op for $20 each, and then I go to the state farmers market in Columbia and use all of the money to buy whole cases of produce in bulk. Then, when I get home, I divvy the produce up into equal portions times the number of shares sold. So, if I sell 20 shares, I've got $400 (which buys a shit ton of produce), and then I divide everything by 20. Well, we used to divide it up in my carport, and one time, I got enough watermelons for everyone to have one in the co-op. The brunette, at maybe age 6 or 7, not thinking that it wouldn't rain under the carport, but trying really hard to pitch in and help us, wrote on the wall, "Grab a Melon!" And, well, it made my heart happy to see the innocence of her heart in trying to help and make sure that people didn't forget their melon, that I never erased off the wall. It's been up there since like 2008 or 2009 I think. Most people see it and think, "Tacky." I see it and miss my little girl. She's a freshman in high school, on the track and field team (shot put, hammer throw, and discus), and will get her learner's permit in May. But, I miss this little thing sometimes, and that chalk graffiti helped me remember her like that every time I came home.

    Sweet memory and cute picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    I might ask them to re measure that driveway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I might ask them to re measure that driveway...
    That's my drawing. SCDOT maintains the road I live on, and only the property owner is allowed to submit applications for encroachment. I can't even have someone draw up the plans for me! I was assured that a rudimentary drawing was all that was needed since all they care about is where they cut will be and if there will be an expansion joint between the asphalt and concrete.
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    Cool looking fans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Cool looking fans.
    The blades are solid wood; that's the best fan blade material to use outside in high-humidity environments, we were told.
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    The reno looks great. I love the porch with fans. Makes me jealous.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    Hey, we installed one of those pull-down ladder things this past week in our garage. I wish we had done it years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Hey, we installed one of those pull-down ladder things this past week in our garage. I wish we had done it years ago.

    That one is duty-rated for 375 lbs, and I can now use it!
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