Fascia decisions

Project Roof: Roof completed

Before refinancing the house, we have a list of projects we want completed. Obviously, the prison bath and bedroom closet projects need to be completed, but we have also have scheduled our house to be painted. You may recall that we ran out of time to paint the fascia after the roof was put in. It was too wet and honestly Nate and I were too tired to even consider taking it on ourselves.

At first, we were just going to contract our fascia and soffits to be painted, but the quote for having the whole house done was not that much more money, so we decided to get to just get the whole house done.

Front of the House

We are sticking with our same celery green, white and grey color combination. Last time around, we painted the fascia grey, but we are now contemplating painting them white to make them pop against the green walls.

Here’s a Photoshop representation of the two choices.

Fascia painted white

I really like the white, but am worried it is going to become stained over time.

Fascia painted grey

The grey isn’t bad, but it certainly doesn’t pop like the white.

So which one should I go with? The conservative grey option or just throw caution to the wind and select the white?

Painting isn’t going to happen for at least a couple of weeks so I have some time to make a final decision.

I also need to prune our fruit trees and flower beds before it starts which means harvesting all my kumquat and lemons. Expect some Instagram photos of the process, especially the fruit juicing stage which is a time suck but totally worth it. I am hoping to get it done this week to be done with it.

Building a Bedroom Closet: Part 2

Building a Closet: Part 2

With the closet framed, we were ready to bust through the bedroom wall and start working on the inside.

Of course nothing is simple on a build connected to an existing structure. You never know what you will find in the wall.

Building a Closet: Part 2

In our case, we had to deal with an electrical line running through the wall. We decided that we would have to move the wiring above the closet frame.

Finishing the back wall of the closet

But first, we finished the back wall of the closet since we could access it from the bedroom. We recycled the insulation from the just-removed wall and stapled it into the framing. Then covered the wall with a sheet of particle board that I would prime and paint later.

Dealing with the electrical line through the closet

Next, we moved inside to deal with the electrical line running right through the wall.


After turning off the power, the line was cut so we could extend it up and around the closet.


Our plan was to add an electrical box on either side (see the holes in the drywall) to hold the wires we were splitting.


It took a little work to get the wires up and over the closet doors. We drilled holes through the 2x4s above the door and then had to maneuver the wires down the walls through many different hidden obstacles.


We ended up cutting a series of holes in the wall to pull the electrical wire down. Then the wires were attached in each box.


Once we are done with the all the structural elements we will install blank face plates to cover the boxes. Next we deal with framing the opening, adding support and getting the closet track installed.

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 25-27

27 Weeks Pregnant

Can you believe it? I am officially at the end of the second trimester. I am so blessed to being feeling good and can stay active. I am trying to enjoy every minute of it because I assume I am going to get a lot bigger in the third trimester.

Highlights of Weeks 25-27