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Paint a story

While Steven was traveling on business for ShowStoppers in Berlin, David Garcia and  his team of painters went to work on the exterior of Emerald Hill.

The scheme is Sherwin Williams Wall Street for the body of the house — siding on the second story, brick on the first; Cyberspace for the fascia boards; Snowbound for the underside of the eaves.

Wall Street is a cool grey with blue tones exposed by strong Texas sun; the darker Cyberspace defines the horizontal lines of the house; the white of Snowbound reflects light and makes the house feel lighter.

Here are shots taken of the painting process across a week.

Monday, 7 September -- the siding on the second floor is painted while the brick on the first floor has been primed.
Monday, 7 September — from the front of Emerald Hill, the siding on the second floor is painted while the brick on the first floor has been primed.
Monday, 7 September -- the south side of the house -- office at left, kitchen to the right, master bedroom upstairs. Brick is primed, siding is painted.
Monday, 7 September — the south side of the house — office at left, kitchen to the right, master bedroom upstairs. Brick is primed, siding is painted.
Monday, 7 September -- the back of the house -- second story painted, brick primed.
Monday, 7 September — the back of the house — second story painted, brick not yet primed.
Saturday, 12 September -- Jacquela and David Garcia review the stain sample for the cedar at the front porch. Jacquela approves.
Saturday, 12 September — Jacquela and David Garcia review the stain sample for the cedar at the front porch. Jacquela approves. David and his team of painters are beginning to paint the brick with Wall Street, covering the light-grey primer.
Saturday, 12 September -- the street-facing wall of the garage is painted with Wall Street.
Saturday, 12 September — the street-facing wall of the garage is painted with Wall Street.

 

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Teach, learn, caulk, measure

Above … Ron Dahlke guides Kevin Rehberg through how to properly toenail studs. Apprentice Kevin is building a new section of wall where Aaron Pratt needs structure for the cabinets he will design, build and install — and for the electric and plumbing lines that will weave through the new lumber. At the back door, Cris works out the door trim he will nail into place — brickmold PVC that will never rot, trimmed into flat stock on the table saw, flipped to put the cut side up against the flashing, leaving the finished side exposed for paint.

From outside, Cris nails the PVC trim into place around the back door off the kitchen and family room.
From outside, Cris nails the PVC trim into place around the back door off the kitchen and family room.
This is the back wall of the kitchen -- or the side of the house, depending on perspective. The cooktop and hood will be installed at left. The sink will be centered under the window, with the dishwasher to the right of the sink. The hole at the bottom of the wall is where the original cooktop vented outside. Cris from Ranserve shimmed the studs with long wedges of lumber, because it leans out about 1/2-inch at the top. The electricians marked the wall to track the wire runs and switches they will install -- and, at right, below the window, the plumbers tacked into place a metal plate that prevents nails from penetrating water lines. This is a busy, hard-working wall.
This is the back wall of the kitchen — or the side of the house, depending on perspective. The cooktop and hood will be installed at left. The sink will be centered under the window, with the dishwasher to the right of the sink. The hole at the bottom of the wall is where the original cooktop vented outside. Cris from Ranserve shimmed the studs with long wedges of lumber, because it leans out about 1/2-inch at the top. The electricians marked the wall to track the wire runs and switches they will install — and, at right, below the window, the plumbers tacked into place a metal plate that prevents nails from penetrating water lines. This is a busy, hard-working wall.
This is the trench carved into the slab by Cris and Kevin -- which the electricians will use to run wire in conduit to outlets mounted in the island.
This is the trench carved into the slab by Cris and Kevin — which the electricians will use to run wire in conduit to outlets mounted in the island.
The painters are caulking the windows, sealing up the house with silicon in preparation for expanding foam insulation. Only the lower portion of each window is caulked. Ron explains that the top and sides will be sealed with foam.
The painters are caulking the windows, sealing up the house with silicon in preparation for expanding foam insulation. Only the lower portion of each window is caulked. Ron explains that the top and sides will be sealed with foam.
The electrical walk continues in the master bath. Steve from Capstone, left, and Ron, doublecheck everything that Steven measured out, ensuring that the center of the sink will properly align with the center of the medicine cabinets -- and where to mount electrical outlets at each side of the shelf above the vanity. This is the second time we've marked these measures, applying the basic rule of building anything -- "measure twice, cut once."
The electrical walk continues in the master bath. Steve from Capstone, left, and Ron, doublecheck everything that Steven measured out, ensuring that the center of the sink will properly align with the center of the medicine cabinets — and where to mount electrical outlets at each side of the shelf above the vanity. This is the second time we’ve marked these measures, applying the basic rule of building anything — “measure twice, cut once.”
Architect Brett Grinkmeyer visited at Steven's request to consult on potential paint colors for the exterior of Emerald Hill. Ron walked Brett and Steven up to the master bedroom, asking for guidance on how to adjust and center all the ceiling lights and air-conditioning vents -- organizing what would otherwise appear to be haphazard, unplanned holes that staggered drunkenly across the ceiling.
Architect Brett Grinkmeyer visited at Steven’s request to consult on potential paint colors for the exterior of Emerald Hill. Ron walked Brett and Steven up to the master bedroom, asking for guidance on how to adjust and center all the ceiling lights and air-conditioning vents — organizing what would otherwise appear to be haphazard, unplanned holes that staggered drunkenly across the ceiling.

Notes from the day:

  • Ross Britton walked Emerald Hill with Ron, auditing the installation of the HVAC ducts.
  • Ron and Steven talked about the staircase demo and rebuild that is planned for later this week — and removal of the oak flooring, in hopes it can be donated to Habitat for re-use.
  • Cris found the wires to the sprinkler system at the back of the garage — this will be important when it’s time to rebuild the sprinkler system.
  • And a series of inspections might start Wednesday this week.
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Test patterns

Saturday. Before dawn. Out the door and up to Anderson High School. Put Jadin on the bus. The Girls Volleyball team is scrimmaging.

It’s still dark when Jacquela and Steven travel five streets over to Emerald Hill. Unlock the gate. Open the house. By cellphone flashlight. Steven hooks a sprinkler to the hose, trying to save the grass. Jacquela carries in a box of sample paints.

At the back of the garage, in the back yard, we start with the potential grays for the body of the house — the original yellow brick and the factory-primed Hardieboard siding that, ironically, mimics the yellow paint that held together what was left of the nearly 50 year old cedar siding that demo removed from the house.

Then six different reds to find the candidate color for the front door. Positive Red — Sherwin Williams 6871 wins. The other are too pink or too dark.

Then up go Snowbound SW 7004 and Naval SW 6244 — the white and blue, respectively.

We quickly eliminate the light gray in the middle. It’s too light. No personality.

The sun’s coming up. Instead of standing around watching paint dry, off we go to breakfast with our friend Brenda. Steven gets his hair cut while Jacquela turns off the sprinkler at Emerald Hill.

For round two we shift to the front wall of the garage that faces the street — to see the paint colors in different light.

Jacquela ponders Wall Street, the gray at upper left; Positive Red; Naval blue; Snowbound white; and, at bottom, Cyberspace, a dark gray.
Jacquela ponders Wall Street, the gray at upper left; Positive Red; Naval blue; Snowbound white; and, at bottom, Cyberspace, a dark gray. We did not intend to paint a red, white and blue American flag. Really. Steven realizes it’s the wrong vibe — and Jacquela eliminates Naval blue. Things you learn only by doing …

After lunch, after a trip to Ikea, after picking up Jadin and feeding her lunch, back to the house we go. It’s now five hours after we put up the paint samples. Daylight changes everything.

The front wall of the garage faces north and east. It gets  no direct sun -- only sidelong streams filtered by the oak trees overhead.
The front wall of the garage faces north and east. It gets no direct sun — only sidelong streams filtered by the oak trees overhead.

Naval blue will not make the cut. Positive Red does. But which gray will we paint the body of the house — the lighter Wall Street or the darker Cyberspace?

The color scheme for the exterior of Emerald Hill. We think.
The color scheme for the exterior of Emerald Hill. We think.

 

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Exterior paint plan

We are tasked by Ranserve with selecting exterior colors. Mark and Ron want to start painting the brick and new Hardieboard siding by end of week.

Jacquela and Steven have been talking about deep, rich, cool greys for months. Jadin searched the web for photos of houses where she liked the colors.

We visited Sherwin Williams while Kenny from Custom Plumbing worked on the water heater that blew out. The color chips and brochures in the store were, politely, frustrating. We came home to prowl Houzz and photos we had archived.

Three hours later we came to this decision.

  • Cyberspace, Sherwin Williams 7076, for the brick and siding — the body of the house.
  • Snowbound, SW 7004, for the trim.
  • Positive Red, SW 6871, for the front door. Punch that entry to make a bold statement. Although Jacquela thinks it may be too pink, not red enough. She’s going to purchase samples.
  • Naval, SW 6244, a candidate for the garage doors.
  • Wall Street, SW 7665, backup/alternate candidate for the garage doors — or the body of the house if Cyberspace proves too dark.
  • With a wood stain for the cedar siding accent that we plan for the front porch, something that looks like this photo pulled from Houzz by Jacquela.
    Balodemas Architects, via Houzz.

     

Choosing the appliances was painless. Picking out colors for the house is dangerous.

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