The side of the house has always looked pretty crappy as it has crumbling parging over styrofoam. This year I decided on a good solution, Novik "faux" stone. The novik goes on easy and really looks like real stone. I started on the worst side of the house. Need to rip some 1" cedar strips for the upper trim but I am very very happy with it. I need to stain (paint) the siding soon, maybe next year.
My basement door had a river stone surface. It was OK but every year it was difficult to keep clean, especially due to the leaves clogging and mixing with the stones. I had thought about using those square connecting wooden exterior patio pieces, when I realized I had enough left over decking from when I previously converted my main deck to composite. In the end I used only wood from pieces I had lying around. It is essential a small 5x6 deck using 2x4's on "deck blocks".
On fathers day, I installed 40 feet of shadow box with lattice top fence panels. Five panels that is. Took around 5 hours or an hour a panel. Kids played and "helped". Started at a tree and bolted the first panel to the tree. Solidifies the fence but shouldn't negatively impact the fence, even with tree growth.
Getting closer to finishing. Just painting and landscaping left. Was going to build a ramp from PT when I saw the spare pallet. It may not last as long but it is free and solid. All I needed to do was dig one end a little and trim the other with a circular saw. Voila instant ramp. I do like pallets. I also added a second widow that I had lying around. So far put in my tractor, my Finnish snow tires (Haki's) and snow blower.
I have since added a single circuit breaker panel with two indoor electricity outlets (one on each wall), a roof LED work light, an outside outlet and a security light.
It was lightly raining (again). I installed the shed deck any way. Used 2 culled 4x4 PT posts and one 2x4x12 PT for the frame. Used some leftover stone blocks (same as under the shed) instead of deck blocks. Used clearance 2x4x8 PT green for the decking. Yes green it was on clearance because no-one buys green anymore, just brown or grey. Probably spent $40 in total on the deck. I do like the looks of the deck. I'll stain it brown later this summer. I also need to paint the trim white sometime soon and add electricity. Oh yea I also need to add a ramp or slope the land on the right side. Haven't decided yet.
I noticed the rain kicked up dirt on all sides of the shed so I will need to trim all around the shed with gravel. That'll have to wait till I order some more gravel for my trailer parking pad/skating rink on the other side of the lot, later this summer.
Last day of shed build. Another hot and humid day. Put in window, door, did all final trim and misc. Re-squared the walls and nailed down everything I didn't before. I haven't shingled in years but it went well. Started working on the deck. Yes the shed will have it's own 4x12 deck. Deck will be done on my next day off. I'll also paint the trim white sometime this summer. More pictures will follow.
Just a blog about what we and the kids are up to. Also some projects that I may be doing.