What We’re Doing, How We’re Doing It, and What It’ll Cost
As I’ve said before, September 8th marked one full year since our move into the lake house.
We have checked a few things off our list as time and finances have allowed.
For instance, we leveled the floors so the back door could open more than 8 inches ( a big plus since none of us are that narrow). That investment alleviated the camel hump that sat smack dab in the middle of the living room floor.
Jeff bartered an afternoon of fishing out on his boat for advice and help installing electrical boxes and light fixtures on the exterior walls of the back deck.
Up to that point, our exterior lighting setup was clip-on work lights with extension cords snaking across the deck.
We purchased a new air conditioning unit for the back of the house when the old one died a mysterious death.
And Jeff is almost finished building a bench/storage box to cover a sunken bricked-in planter to the right of our front door. We use it to store gardening supplies, extra water, outdoor shoes and hunting gear.
I wanted to paint it this weekend, but it looks like it may rain. Still, I purchases the paint.
As far as landscaping is concerned, our family members, neighbors, and friends have generously brought us plants, and we’ve purchased a few too. We also bought and hauled in rocks to fill the brick planters on the left of our front door ($45), sodded the front yard ($200) and various other odds and ends, including a small electrical pump to sparingly draw water from the lake to reduce our well-water usage ($50).
We’re sitting at $1905 for all the above and we haven’t even tackled the BIG PROJECTS.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the concept of how far we have to go isn’t
terrifying a little bit scary sometimes.
Bit by blessed bit, y’all.
But now, we are saving for a big ticket item.
The beadboard ceiling project.
We have priced out all the materials (which we will purchase independently) and received a quote for the labor.
The total supplies + labor cost will be $1550.00.
The previous owners did an incredible amount of structural work on the house, including strengthening our ceiling supports (it sagged when they bought it), and double-insulating the ceiling, but they moved to a larger home before finishing this one out.
What you see on the exposed rafter is a strangely placed light fixture. I didn’t put it there, and it isn’t staying there.
The paneling on the ceiling is called Luan, a hardwood 1/4-inch thick plywood panel.
And yes, it is pulling away in several places.
I tinkered with the idea of using the same Luan boards to fake plank the ceiling, but decided against it after considering the number of cuts it’d take for our ceiling. Plus, I have more than a little concern how the Luan boards would fair with our humidity levels here in sauna-villa.
I’m going to live in this house for the rest of my life, God willing, and I need to put up a ceiling that won’t warp in the next few years.
The waiting is hard, though.
I mean, JUST LOOK AT THAT CEILING!
Once we paint the dark paneled walls, ceiling and exposed rafters with a fresh, crisp shade of white, the main living area will be glorious. We will be swimming in light.
And by dropping a ceiling fan from the rafters, we’ll get much-needed circulation too.
Anyone who has ever lived in East Texas knows how necessary ceiling fans are to our very existence through the summer months (which seem to span nine months of the year, in case you’re curious).
As much as I’m looking forward to the beadboard replacing the Luan boards, I do love our exposed rafters.
But the one negative aspect of how closely they are to the ceiling at its apex is that we have next to no space to run additional wiring for overhead lighting or to a fan. There are only two layers of insulation separating the Luan from the hidden rafters.
To remedy that, we may experiment with securing a board (similar to the first image in this post) flat across the apex of the roof. We have a skilled carpenter who, I am sure, will have a few suggestions as well.
Since the only possible overhead lighting will be on the fan, I’m also thinking about running something like the photo above along the base of every other exposed beam.
We have electrical boxes atop three of the beams (the image above is in the kitchen area), so it’d be easy enough to manage (and then, paint those electrical boxes white). I don’t want to go ultra-modern though, so I haven’t made my mind up yet. I want this to FEEL like a cozy lake house.
Whatever we do, we will NOT use halogen lights. The previous owners dropped about 9 of those from the ceiling in the back of the house, and they are HOT!
So, here’s the reality check on our beadboard ceiling project.
We can’t reasonably expect to save the cash for our beadboard ceiling project until after Christmas, but that’s just two months away (Aaaack!), and I know all too well how fast it will come and go.
I think the hardest part of our family’s faithsizing journey is the waiting.
Waiting. is. so. hard.
So, what do you think?
Any ideas or links of your own to share? Advice?
I’m really, really, really, rrrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaalllllyyyy excited about this, so be rrrrreeeeeaaaaallllllyyyy nice.