Last December, when I first started to blog, I introduced you to the pergola at ‘Our House’ that greets you when you pull into the driveway.
This spring I noticed how badly the house needed to be repainted on the East and South side of the house… (I’ll be telling you in a later post about selecting just the right blue for this outside project).
When I work on old houses, I always talk about the ‘mushroom effect’… you know how you start what you think is going to be a simple task, but then realize the layer under that needs updating or fixing, and the layer under that… and so on… it ‘mushrooms’ into a huge job very easily.
Well, even though ‘Our House’ isn’t an old house, it’s only 20 some years old, the ‘mushroom effect’ can happen to a newer home too. Here’s the story of the ‘mushroom effect’ on this not-so-old house:
My how things change…
Well, as I started painting, we noticed considerable water damage below the pergola on the side of the house, and soon realized that the way the pergola was mounted into the siding, it had caused the rain to actually leak behind the siding… that’s not good!
Can you see how that first decorative beam is actually cut into the siding? Well, the water can get in at the top of the beam and then fall down between the siding and the sheathing inside the wall… and it did…
That’s why on this side of the pergola, the siding is all different colored… We had to rip it all off, and replace the sheathing, and then patch new siding back in.
Then we had to figure out what we were going to do with the roof of the pergola to fix it from doing the same thing again in the future.
The fiberglass roof and gable end, as seen here, was yellowing, so I was okay with not replacing it again, (that would have been the 4th time we replaced it) but still wanted to have a roof over my head to stay out of the rain when entering the house.
So we opted for a roof with a traditional soffit and facia, that is when they put on the shingles they can properly install flashing under the siding.
I was a little sad about losing some of the character of the pergola, because we would have to cut off the rafter tails to be able to have a flat facia, but for sure knew I had to go with this option.
But I came up with a vision, here’s what I did to introduce some new character:
They were white vinyl, but I took them apart and spray painted them brown to match the rest of window sashes on the house. I just used spray paint for plastic and vinyl.
Next, we need to add the siding and trim detail to the gable end (where the windows are) and then the roofers will come later this week and do the roof.
And I’m thinking about making some shutters. A friend gave us a bunch of green treated boards from their fence they removed… wouldn’t that arch window be cute with board and batten style shutters? Hmmm…
I appreciate you stopping by.