Monday, November 07, 2016

Rounding the Corner on Beadboard Work

It was a big week in Chicago this week. The Cubs won the World Series, deyed the river blue, and had a big parade. I work on Michigan so it made for a fun work day. 

I also felt that it was a good week for work on the house. The weather was great, I got the garage cleaned up and it can now be used for parking cars instead of staining wood, and I did a lot of work on the beadboard. 

I was able to finish all but two small sections of beadboard this week. It looks great and will be nice to finally get to the scraping and painting. I don't hold out a ton of hope that I will get much done before it is too cold but I am crossing my fingers.  

The trim for where the beadboard meets the friexeboard also arrived this week. I started priming that and will paint it this week so it can go up soon as well.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Work on the lower beadboard

The better part of this past weekend was spent working on the beadboard. I started the lower level and tackled detailing the corners, mimicking the way that it was originally detailed. The beadboard was set in an alternating offset pattern where each beadboard end was notched to tie into the perpendicular run of board. 

This was a little painstaking and somewhat beyond what I might typically take on. Once I got the hang of it though, things moved along pretty quickly. Unfortunately I don't have scaffolding so there were many trips up and down the ladder that slowed things down. 

It eventually took shape and I finished one corner and have another one well on the way. Once the corners are done, it should get much easier as all of the runs are straight after that.

Here is a detail of the finished corner. The offset detail looks very nice and the beadboard looks fantastic. Still crossing my fingers that the weather cooperates into November!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Beadboard Finishing and Installation

After what seemed like a lifetime of staining and varnishing, we finished prepping the beadboard for the eaves and soffit. I was able to figure out a way to make the job go quickly but it wasn't long before the project took up every space we had: the basement, the back yard, the garage. It was a bit overwhelming and I think we will be cleaning up from this for weeks.  

In addition to the beadboard, the demolition process found that much of the original crown molding was beyond repair as well. Edges were worn, sections were rotted, and the previous roofer had nailed the roofing substrate through it, damaging it to the point where it could not be salvaged. This was depressing. I had hoped to be able to save this component so that it was original. Instead, I had to buy new. I was able to find a molding that perfectly matched it in every way except the thickness. The older crown was much heftier than what is available today.

Beadboard installation on the upper gables was done by carpenters. They scaffolded the house in order to do this work. It was best to go this way. My carpentry skills are good enough for such a job but it probably would have taken me a month or more to figure it out. They were done in less than a week!

I am really happy with how the new beadboard and crown molding look. It is exactly what I envisioned and it will look even better when it is painted. There is a final piece of molding missing. It is for the corner formed by the freizeboard and the beadboard. It is being made by the millworker right now and should be here next week. I hope I don't have too much trouble installing it.

The eave return detail is a little awkward and not exactly how it should be. I am debating whether or not I should re-do these areas. That's what I get for leaving the job without providing a drawing of what I wanted. I will probably tackle this when I get to the back of the house.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Oak Park Bungalows

I've been working hard on the house and will soon be posting some news on the color choices, details of painting and construction update but right now I thought I would share some images of some of my favorite OP bungalows. I am not sure that this is a housing type that most people think of when they think of Oak Park but we have a many fantastic examples here. Enjoy!