Monday, August 15, 2016

Screened Porch Progress: Screens & Doors

My dad was here all week working on the porch! I'm sooooooooooo excited about how far it came in just a few days! 

We still have to finish painting the ceiling. We decided we are going to leave it open truss and paint everything gray. It's looking really cool. 

The trim, etc. is painted and the screens are now in place! 

We are doing 7" smooth hardie board for siding and it will have to be painted. I am leaning towards the same gray as our shutters. 

What do you think, gray or white? I like the gray as it reminds me of our old house that I dearly loved. 


My dad also installed the beadboard and the baseboards. Oh oh oh I'm so in love!!

He also hung our doors. The weather stripping/thresholds will be installed once the wood has done some of its initial shrinking. 

During the kiddos nap times I got a first coat of white on the beadboard. PUMPED!!!!

Once the siding is done, the guys will install the ceiling fan and new wall sconce. I'm leaning towards this barn light in black. 

And one of these ceiling fans. 

And of course, string lights on the trusses. 

Still to do:
finish painting beadboard/door trim
finish painting trusses
install siding and paint siding
order rug
accessorize/soft goods/furniture placement


Friday, August 5, 2016

Five Months

Mae Caroline is five months old (plus one week and a couple days). Where is the time going? MC, you continue to be the SWEETEST and most content baby I have ever seen. THANK YOU for that!

You are just so happy watching what's going on around you, especially watching your big sister do her thing. She makes you laugh HARD. The sweet belly laugh giggles that make me want to eat you up! Evans loves to make you giggle, too. She makes silly faces, dances around you, and tickles your feet (or "tickle ya peet, sista" as she says).

You have finally mastered rolling from belly to back, but you prefer to play on your back still. You still sleep on your back, too. You have recently started sucking your thumb! Always the left thumb. You are so cute doing so and remind me so much of Evans at your age. SWEET, SWEET.

You are starting to love your jumper, especially in the evening when you have lots of energy to burn before bath time.

You've also gained weight! You and Evans have little colds right now. At the doctor you weighed 15 lbs and 4 oz. You are drinking around 29 ounces of formula each day.


By 7:00 you are usually awake
First Bottle 7 oz
Breakfast around 8:00 (fruit or oatmeal)
9:00 first nap
by 10:30 you are up and ready to play
11:00 second bottle 7 oz
12:00 second nap
by 1:30 or 2:00 you are awake
2:30 bottle 3 - 7 oz
3:30 or 4:00 ready for your last nap
Up by 4:30
play time!
6:00 bath, pjs
6:30 8 oz bottle
by 7:00 BED

You continue to sleep well and through the night. WOOHOO! Happy 5 months "Mae Caroline, made of sunshine"!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Screened Porch: We Have A Roof!

Something I didn't necessarily think I'd see when we got married- Hubby scaling a roof. Ha. He's now skilled craftsman-metal roof-installer guy. Actually, I think he's now happier than ever that he's not a roofer by trade. 

Day One: all of the big pieces were up pretty much. No broken legs or arms. Victory!

It started raining, so work stopped that afternoon. Metal roof plus lightning- probably not a great idea. 

At the end of the first day, this long piece still needed to be installed. Oh, that thing on the ground? Yes, that is one ugly as sin Clemson garden gnome. I was hoping he would get broken in this building process. So far, he's prevailed. Curses.

Evans thinks he's a Santa Claus. 

Day Two: metal roof complete! 

And Day Three (aka early this morning) : Gable end closed up and ready for Hardie Plank!

Close up of the color. It's is almost an exact match of our shutters. It's Millennium Metals 5V in Gray if you are in the market for metal roofing supplies.

We are still debating leaving the trusses exposed and painting them or finishing the ceiling off with Azek boards. TBD. 

They do look cool, and I love the way the rain sounds hitting the metal. 

So here's where we are now! It's at least functional now, even though it's not painted or screened yet. Love how shaded it is now! Take that, Savannah heat.

Still to do:

Hardie Plank siding on lower wall and gable. 
Beadboard interior wall (and ceiling?)

Jury is still out on paint/stain. Seeing it this far in the process now has me thinking all gray. Why is it I can decide things for clients no problem, but for my own projects I'm so dang indecisive!?! 

The back of the house has lots of white, although we do have gray shutters on our windows, I'm kind of wanting more contrast. So now I think we may paint the siding the same gray as the shutters (Behr Elephant Skin), stain the columns with Behr semitransparent stain (something like Cape Cod Gray or Drift Gray... TBD). We'll see! :) 

One weekend of work closer to completion!