Weekend Recap – I love long weekends!! We still have tons and tons to do on our house (self-building lasts forever and ever…) and so when there’s a vacation day, it’s a perfect opportunity to knock out a bigger project. I have a glimpse into our porch project… and tips for Family Work Days (yes, don’t wash those dishes – we’re hooked on using Dixie®!).
We started the day with the kiddos moving boards outside, get them involved in the project. Before I dive into project details, let’s talk about Family Work Day tips…
1. Start Early (the kiddos were out moving boards at 8am)
2. It’ll always take longer than you think (and longer than you think on top of that!)
3. A work crew is AWESOME – plan work days around holidays and times you think extra family might be available to help (like this weekend, my uncle was up from Texas, so he was able to help along with my dad and another uncle and my mom)
4. Music makes the day move along – just hook up pandora so we can all mock the song choices it doles out for you 😉
5. EASY food – for lunch we had leftovers. For dinner we grabbed some pizza. You don’t want cooking to take away from work time. And right in line with that, USE PAPER PRODUCTS. It gives you the opportunity to be engaged in the project more and doing dishes less – you don’t want to miss out! Dixie eliminates the hassle of clean up and helps family gatherings and work days become more of an occasion in which you don’t have to worry about the small things, love that!
We completed the outside of our home before we started on the interior, so the cedar siding has been done for a while (and I know, I’ve yet to post about it – I will!!). But our eaves, or the ceiling of the porch, were left open because it wasn’t high priority. Unfortunately, that left untreated wood exposed (and gave wasps way too many nooks and crannies for their nests), so the project was moved up to a higher priority level. We talked over many different ways to finish the ceiling, but we settled on using the cedar siding planks we had left over from the siding. The driving factor was that we have a leftover pile on-hand, so no extra cost in supplies (except for buying more stainless steel nails – they don’t rust like regular nails). There was someone below the deck, cutting planks to size, then they would be handed up and everyone would nail it up in their area (you can’t use a nail gun with cedar siding planks). It was a good working system and it made the work move right along.
And yep, breaks for meals, without any extra work~~
Lest you think it’s all work and no play, we did fit in a full game of chickenfoot prior to the work day 😉
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