Week 36 and 37: Finishing the siding, fighting the cold

I waited a few days after week 36 to write the summary post, thus crossing into week 37, because I couldn’t bring myself to write one more variation of “Waiting for it to stop snowing/get warmer/etc. to put up the last six pieces of siding!” And by waiting until, now, Wednesday of week 37, I can skip that summary all together, and instead just say. THE SIDING IS DONE!

Ok…that’s a half truth. The siding is done with the exception of one piece that we had to order and hasn’t arrived yet. That piece, you strategically can’t see in this picture however! So you get the big picture idea!

This will not be, however, the final look of our house. Because we haven’t caught a single weather break in all of 2019, it got too cold too quickly to finish the concrete work outside include porch steps, driveway, and the stone pillars that will encase the bottom of our wood porch posts. These things will need to be finished this spring, probably post-move in day. And the front door will get a coat of paint as well, which, despite my asking if I could do it before we installed it, I was assured would be much better done after we were done with the traffic of construction.

I don’t really know if that’s true or just an excuse to get me to focus on other things. It seems like it could be true. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt!

The siding was finished in the absolute knick of time because a polar vortex has now settled over Minnesota, and without insulation or a furnace in the house, Josh rightly decided that he would not subject himself to hours in an empty house that essentially amounts to being outdoors when the high temperature is -4 degrees F.

We did manage a walk through (albeit with very cold fingers and toes!) in order to plot out where the light switches in the house will be. An unanticipated draw back of open floor plans is that there isn’t a lot of wall space in areas where you might want light switches. Also, trying to plan where you’ll want switches when you don’t have furniture in the house is its own kind of challenge as well. Josh assures me it can all be easily fixed through some smart switches and outlets that will just allow us to talk to the entire house instead of getting up to flip a switch. It seems likely this will become our norm as we already employ smart bulbs and plugs in our current home that allow us to do the same thing.

Hopefully we get enough of a warm up to get some wires run here soon. That would allow us to put in a temporary construction heater, and then the temperatures would matter less. Of course, we’ll need a few nicer days to get to that point, so (frozen) fingers crossed!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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