Custom Classic Construction, Inc.
A personal view of us & our business
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I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The Black eyed Susan's are thriving in the heat
Tomatoes are starting to ripen.
Our first batch of sauce went into the water bath canner this morning.
Cooled and ready to go into the pantry.
Getting the scaffolding loaded up so we can get started on our next project.
The Kubota is a blessing! It makes quick work of moving the parts needed and saving our energy for erecting it.
Jim has been experimenting with different products to fill the voids in the redwood siding and repair any rot or bee damage he finds in the trim.
Even in the shade it has been very hot so time working outside is limited to a couple of hours each day.
Getting started preserving our harvest
Starting with a batch of Polish Dill Pickles
The last of the road lily flowers
Not really a flower but sure is a pretty sight. This is the first time I so far am having success growing Red Cabbage.
Since we still have to purchase and install cap shingles we decided to leave the scaffolding set up.
We were finished by 1:30
With several working hours left to the day Jim got the CNC operating software working correctly. For the last 2 weeks we thought it was an issue with my design software. Very frustrating.
With the CNC machine functioning properly it was time to do a test run on a sign I had promised to make for Boy Scout camp.
The first step was to write a surface plane program for the rough cut pine board.
And then a letter test run on some scrap MDF checking size and spacing.
I think it will look better if I make the letters a little thicker and a double space between the rows.
Funny how I can clearly see my vision in a cabinet design on paper but this sign making is new to me and will require more practice.
Today has 2 meanings for us,
#1 Our wedding anniversary
#2 The start up of our business 37 years ago.
With the beautiful weather forecasted it would be a great time to start on the shingles.
We set the scaffolding.
We are glad we do not have to be motivated by our working years motto of "Time is Money".
Now we go by "Slow and steady". It took 5 1/2 hours to install a little over 2-1/2 square of shingles.
Today marks the birth of the greatest nation in the world!
Happy Birthday America!
Signing of the
Declaration of Independence!
as read by Max Mclean
Finally done with staining a few of the buildings
Jim cutting in the last of the trim color
A quick walk through the high tunnel
Using some left over rough cut pine Jim put together a Box that I lined with plastic to use on the seed starting rack.
Head lettuce struggles in the greenhouse so we decided to grow it under lights inside where it is much cooler.
So far so good.
We were finally ready to start spraying stain Jim manned the spray gun and I followed with a 6" roller driving the stain into the wood. It was a long hot day in the sun.
First coat is completed by the end of the day on .....
The Tool shed
The compost Bin:
And the Kubota Run-in
We will take tomorrow off to recuperate and I will order more stain on Monday.
Sunrise this morning was spectacular
Robin babies fledged this morning!
A day to honor our national Flag!
May she forever wave!
Over View of the Greenhouse
Second planting of Broccoli
First pod has formed
Mortgage lifter Tomatoes
Lest they be forgotten
First some pretty flowers to attract the bees.
Navajo Sunset Agastache
Working on the drywell
New 10 ft section of pipe was needed.
Since we are mostly clay we were advised to increase efficiency of evaporation to add a larger stone holding area around the tank for the kitchen sink and dishwasher waste water to flow into and this time we will add a layer of fabric before replacing the soil to keep it from filtering down into the stones and ruining the system.
Ready for me to order a load of #2 stone
It was time to fill up the truck and a few gas cans.
Need I say more ............
Tophat Blueberry Bush is in flower
Garlic: Planted two beds last fall
Lettuce for "cut and come again" is up
Spinach is starting to germinate
Transplanted the broccoli, cabbage.cauliflower and beets:
Cauliflower are already starting to form heads
Dill self seeded from last year
I made some fresh baked torpedo rolls for our Grilled Sausage with onion and pepper sandwiches. we are having for supper.
We spent the day working on taking down two damaged Aspen trees and getting them bucked up into lenght, split and stacked for firewood. We yielded enough to fill one bunk and started the next one.
Continued progress on the Master bedroom
As of this morning:
Still have to rewire all the outlets
And for the ceiling we are ordering Armstrong's tongue and groove planks to cover the existing 1970's vintage Popcorn ceiling
First attempt at fresh milled hard white wheat bread
The loaf was very dense and to dry for our liking.
I have a lot to learn.
Next time I will substitute a cup or two of all purpose flour along with a few tablespoons of vital wheat gluten in hope that will make the dough softer.
"May your Troubles be less.
And your Blessings be more.
And nothing but Happiness come through your door"
Over the last few days we got the master bedroom painted and the bay window completed except for the cased opening trim
We again could not find the moldings we needed so Jim ordered the cutters to make up the baseboard, plinth and base blocks 2 different style fluted casings and the head pieces. and a new spray tip to paint all of it along with the shelves.
We also still need prime and paint the actual crank out parts of the windows but that will have to wait until warmer weather when we can leave them open to dry
Snowed last night
Sometimes I prefer Black and White.
Dropping the ceiling down to give us a way to finish off the cased opening Jim fabricated 6" V groove boards
At the end of the day the ceiling is installed the head board over the window and the sill is done
Still have to install the apron for the window and case out the opening,
We can not find anyone that has our fluted casing so Jim ordered a set of cutters to make them.
Tomorrow we run for paint.
This entire area will be painted the same white we use for the casings and baseboards.
The walls for the bedroom will be
Benjamin Moore Classic Rockport Gray HC-105
Next up the left side
Here is the area. That triangle area is the siding on the house No insulation at all None in the ceiling either.
The reveal on the window verses the cased opening area is not equal. Jim will have to build out the opening to square it up
The previous owner simply cut the bookcase shelves out of square and cleated them to the wall to fit the space.
Left side had to be built out 1- 1/2" to square up the opening to the window.
The previous owner paid attention and got the right side much closer. A few shims and Jim got the new bookcase squared up,
Case installed and face frames on
There are so many 'issues" with the walk out bay area The bookcases have to be built in place in order to make the many adjustments to the face frames to make the area something we can be proud of.
We believe that they should make a "must be licensed" to work in the home building field mandatory. You cannot practice medicine, law or even cut hair without one. This walk out bay area was a homeowner add on and it is a mess.
None of it is level, plumb or square
8 hours later at least a dozen trips to the shop to mill up pieces Jim has it under control and it is coming together well. The easier of the two sides is built.
Sleep eluded me last night so instead of tossing and turning I decided to just get up and bake.
Black Bottom Cake
And torpedo rolls.
Now I am tired.
Sorry no pictures of the work so far
We are remolding the master bedroom. We started by removing the original 1970 carpeting, wallpaper and paneling.
Then proceeded to rip up the particle board that was under the carpet and ran hardwood flooring.
Jim skim coated the walls. They were in rough shape from sanding the adhesive that was used to glue the paneling to the wall.
Over the weekend we primed the walls
Seed rack is looking great!
Cauliflower, Cabbage and Broccoli have adjusted to the transplanting into the solo cups.
Beets are up
The spring growing season starts.
Planted 3 starter trays during the Wolf moon ( January 15th)
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage variety of sweet and hot peppers and a variety of Lettuce
First of the seeds have germinated
Started my day by baking a loaf of crusty bread. I will use any excuse to turn the oven on when it is this cold.
Happy New Year!