The Workcation

4:30 comes early.  I woke up this morning, rolled out of bed and thought "It MUST be Friday!" but I quickly realized that it was only Wednesday.  Nowhere near the weekend.  The days and weeks have all started to run together lately and we've been working night and day on something or another.  Front Porch is growing and taking on new projects while building our farmhouse is becoming high maintenance again.  All of these exhausting reasons that we've had little sleep, little free time, and zero social life are blessings!  And soon it will all be over and we will have a home.  A place to stay and raise our children and hopefully never, ever move again.

Prepping the subfloor

Week 22:  Let's Take a Little Holiday

We really know how to party!  Trust me on this.  This will be our second 4th of July spent doing some intense DIY project.  In 2008 we roofed a house, this year we played carpenter.   My husband got so excited about the pine flooring that he took a 5 day workcation for the 4th of July weekend and stayed home to prep and lay the upstairs flooring.   He also finished the composite decking on the back porch and laid the entire front porch, which was larger than the back.

We plan to post a pine floor tutorial as soon as we complete the downstairs flooring, where there is more light for better photo/video quality.  But here is the short list of what went down:  We scraped and vacuumed the subfloor, sinking any pop up nails.  We stapled down 30# roofing felt as a moisture barrier.  Then measured, cut and nailed down the boards.  We then face nailed each 10" board approximately every 18 inches down the center with concrete cut nails.

Laying the hardwood floors

On the Friday before the 4th, the trim crew arrived with 9 guys working all over the house.  It was insane!  Music playing, hammers, air compressors, ladders sliding times 9...insane.  In only one day they had set the interior doors, trimmed out every door and window, and started the faux beams in the foyer.

The trim crew starting came with a lot of decision making.  Before the materials were delivered, we had to decide between primed finger-jointed pine and MDF.  The temptation to go with the MDF was strong.  The materials salesperson recommended it, they had plenty in stock, and it was much cheaper.  We priced the pine and after the initial sticker shock we decided to use real wood since this was our forever home and we have two rambunctious children who will probably make some trim piece damages that need to be repairable.  MDF is not easily repaired and has a bad reputation for falling apart in high moisture areas (bathrooms!).  Cue the "cha-ching" sound.  

Double doors from master bath looking into bedroom

The doors were purchased a while back at Southern Surplus in Athens at about 1/2 the price anyone else had quoted.  They're 5 panel ladder style doors, some double, most of them single.   We ordered them without trim because we wanted the trim guys to use the same 1x4's for the windows and doors.

For the trim, we chose to use 1x8 boards as base (and eventually shoe mold after the floors are finished), 1x6 boards as crown and 1x4 trim for windows and doors.  All of these boards are smooth, not grooved or fancy, just plain flat boards.  We wanted to really finish out the living and foyer areas because the high ceilings would make it tricky to add more trim and wood later.  I initially wanted reclaimed hand hewn heart pine beams, but the sheer length of our vault (30'!) made that cost prohibitive.  It was tricky to even locate such a piece, but when I did it was way out of my budget.  But it was gorgeous!  We opted instead for faux beams (boxes) built of 1x8 pine in the foyer and 1x8's laid flat in the living area to create a framed ceiling.  

Another super exciting trim moment was when Bobby, from CID Carpentry, built my mudroom shelving.  He put the entire thing together in one day.  It is perfect!  I can't wait to see it painted and with the perfect baskets and hooks for it.  It is one of my most favorite features in the house so far.  He built it from two large sheets of birch and some of the 1x6 and 1x4 trim wood.

Mud Room Cabinet

Donna Peters

Front Porch Design Studio, Monroe, GA 30656, USA