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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?