Saturday, July 28, 2012

Windows (2012-049)

I finally started working on MAKING the windows.  Of course, now I wish I designed the house to use standard off-the-shelf windows I could get at Home Depot.  But when I was designing, I thought it would be better to make simple windows myself and save some money.  Now I have SEVEN windows to MAKE, which will take so much time I don't want to think about it.  Yes, I will save some money.  Yes, the basic Home Depot windows only come in white, and I can paint the windows I make any color I like.  But now I am so eager to be done with the project, that I wish I could buy the Home Depot windows for the playhouse.  However, now it's too late.  I've committed to making my own custom windows, so I just have to do it.

My plan is to completely build up the first window, including the window sill, frame, and pane, so I know for sure how it all comes together.  Then I will build the remaining windows in parallel.

Here is the window sill and frame for the first window.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Corner Trim (2012-048)

Last weekend I finished installing the siding.  This week, I finished installing the corner trim pieces.

Dormer and southeast corner trim
North corner trim
South corner trim

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Siding Continued ... (2012-047)

I'm almost done with the siding.  I put up the east wall siding, and two thirds of the north wall siding.  I just have one panel to go!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wahoo Siding! (2012-046)

With my window issues hopefully under control, I finally moved on to install siding.  Yesterday I got some good momentum and "installed" siding on the west wall.  Then I "installed" one of three panels on the south wall.  Today I "installed" the remaining panels on the south wall.  I say "installed" with quotes, because I just used the bare minimum amount of finishing nails to hold the panels up.  To finish the job properly, I will need to install a lot more nails.  But I only have a hammer, and that will take a long time to finish.  So I may have to bite the bullet and pay $200+ to buy a nail gun and air compressor ... Ugg.  In the meantime, I enjoy looking at today's pictures, because the playhouse is starting to look like a real house.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Windows Yet Again! (2012-045)

I've become rather paranoid about my top windows leaking because I made them on the cheap with plexi-glass, and they are not what I would pay a professional contractor to build.  So I went back yet again to my windows and slightly disassembled the bottom portions to ship in additional felt paper to protect the top edges of the OSB plywood walls.