It snowed 10″ today

It snowed 10″ today

So here’s a picture of the gazebo with the twinkle lights on (I have them on a timer).

One Year Later

It’s been a year since we stepped into an overgrown, creeping charlie ridden, buck thorn invested back yard. After some major cleanup and some gazebo building, she’s come around nicely. But don’t think it ends here. This was just the cleanup. Here’s what it looked like 365 days ago from the window.  

Staining with a bit of flair

This weekend we took to finishing the gazebo flooring with a semi-transparent stain. It took a few trips to the hardware store to get the color we were looking and we finally settled on “Oxford Brown“… which I’m hoping makes us smarter when we sit inside it.  Since the treated lumber was fairly wet when […]

Red Roof Inn

Remember that pile of red wood boards? That we planed and poly’d? Wala!  

The roof continues

Four of the six sides of the roof are done. Putting cedar shingles on takes a long time. It’s not so much the aligning and nailing, it’s cutting the angles at the end of each row that sucks up all the time.

From the top down

Over the last two weekends we prepped the redwood with an exterior poly and shingled the top tier to the gazebo. It’s looking really great. Check it out. The top tier is not done however. We still need to run coverings over the six edges and we need to decide what goes on the tippy […]

A Good Case of the Shingles

Annie and I swung up north over the weekend for a cabin retreat with the fam and managed to swing through Duluth to pick up cedar shingles for the gazebo. Now trying to find decent cedar shingles in the Twin Cities proved difficult, and I was pretty happy with what the Duluth Timber Company had […]

Do you like my new hat?

We spent the majority of Sunday creating the second tier for the Gazebo. There was a bit of math involved to get the angles and pitch just right, but we managed to get by just fine. The framing for it is all done, we just need to toss the sheathing on and we can get […]

Raise the Roof

We completed phase 1 of the roof over the weekend. Next step is to design and create the second tier (the little hat that goes on top). After that we’ll toss the cedar shingles on the outside, the redwood on the inside. When that’s done it’s all just a matter of a little design polish.

Screwin and nailin

We framed the roof over the weekend and we’ll be tossing OSB up next. Right now the plan is to go with cedar shingles on top and run the redwood planks on the underside.