Monday, August 3, 2009

Knox Hill Project: Weekly Update

This week continued work on the front porch with install of the "Fret panels' on the side of the porch. These panels were made using a cabinet grade plywood material. The panels are based on the porch side rail panels. The basic design in based on period Victorian pattern book designs of the 1870's.

The cut out is laid out on the panel and is composed of two circular cuts with a rotozip tool, followed up with the side cuts that make the cross support for the center. The cut out areas are then sanded smooth and any exposed areas are sealed, primed, and painted. The center Rosette is a stock unit bought at a local home improvement store. Painted in three colors it was attached using hi grade construction adhesive and a coupe of small nails and clamped overnight to insure adhesion. Also a design was stencilled to the board that matches the design used on the brackets which will soon be installed under the box gutters.

The panels themselves 'float' in the opening to allow for expansion and contraction and are held in a channel created by using quarter round on either side. These boards are silliconed into position in the channel also making sure everything fits well and no water can cause deterioration. I still have to finish off the eave edges with boards and finish the underside eaves details but the porch is coming along nicely.

We also turned our attention to the front door and applied some additional colors to it. Still have some painting to do and soon to take off the privacy film and etch the front door glass and of course build the steps!

Over the weekend I was able to have a phone conversation with the grandson of the original owner of the house. He was able to provide a wealth of information of the house and I cant wait to meet with him in person and see the old photos of the house back in the day. Based on the time tine it would appear that the home was in family hands up until the early 1950's (Antons wife lived to 94!) when the house was bought by Emma Merz who owned it from 1952 to 2001 when she died and it was left to the grandkids, who were largely responsible for it's decline. How interesting in our "move every 3 years" society today that people actually held on to their homes.

1 comment:

Marilyn said...

Looking good, Paul. Be sure and show us any pictures you get from the descendants.