20 December, 2015

Pool House Expansion Project, Days 62 - 64 - 17-19/12/15

Plastering and Gutters

Days Sixty-Two Through Sixty-Four, 17 - 19 December, 2015

Compared to the previous day's post, things seem to have slowed down now. But you'd be wrong if you thought that. There's just a lot of detail work going on now.

One of the things that was slowing work down a bit, was the wall below. It seems our latex primer and paint was better than could be hoped for, at least when it came to removing it. I covered the various methods the guys tried in the previous posting, so I won't go into that here.

Anyway, after chipping off the rough pieces and parging the wall, it's now ready for a smooth coat of plaster, and that will pretty much finish that wall, except for the color coat, which will be coming soon.
Office Wall Today - Ready For Smooth Troweling 17 - 3.14
Speaking of color coats, here Omar is pouring a tray-full of the tan colored mortar for the walkways. It's a bit rougher texture, using stone dust, and will dry rough. The same idea will be used for the inside colors, except the mix will only use sand and will be brushed on using a wallpaper paste-type brush.
Omar Adding Tan Mortar Mix For Walkway Walls 17 - 3.13
This overhead shot shows the form and drain pipe for the screen openings on the canal side.
Window Sill Form on Canal Side of House 17 - 3.11
The concrete block on the old roof has been parged and the wood siding just needs about one more piece, ripped to half-height and installed to keep any splashing of rain water at bay. We'll also be brushing on a waterproof roof coating on the smooth concrete to ensure no water absorption.
Pool House Gable End 18 - 1.51
The screen you see here is metal. When it was first installed, it looked fine, but in sunlight, it looked very wrinkled. I had some leftover black nylon screen that I use for window screen in the house, so that was a good replacement. It will probably last longer too. Work on the roof ridge end cap still needs to be done.
Metal Screen 18 - 1.57
Here's a shot of the box of 'bling' tile we bought so Dianna can have a flash of color, a band in both the shower and around the vanity backsplash.
Dianna's Bling Tile 18 - 2.02
This is the tile we're going to use for the floor of the shower. It should look quite striking. Varying grays and browns with glass highlights and some metal-looking tiles in there as well.
Shower Floor Tile 18 - 2.02
This is the first piece of PlyCem, painted a sort of chocolate brown, and screwed in place as a soffit cover. I'm not sure how they're going to deal with the end bit where the siding terminates. Looks like it needs something though.
Soffit Cover 18 - 3.06
And, there's another piece of the soffit cover going up. It give the soffit a nice clean look and should help protect from bugs and moisture.
Soffit Cover Extends 18 - 3.06
And, that brings us to today, Sunday. Not a working day. Just as well. It's a day of rain. I think our rainy season has shifted about three months on us. Normally, this time of year is dry. Houses get a fresh coat of paint and all that sort of stuff. Hard to get that done in this weather.

As for the work outlooks for Monday. It's imperative that the gutters get connected. Luckily, with all the rain we've had, there's been very little erosion. But, if they don't get hooked up, it could be a problem.

Well, enjoy your day off.


There's many more photos than appear in each posting. You can see all the photos of the construction project on Flickr at: There will be new photos added each day of the project.     


Wilma said...

Your gutters turned out great! Everything is looking so good. Love the bling tile.

Our crew did work today to finish getting the interior wood paneling up. They got flooring down a couple of days ago. Still have to do the window trim and everything will have to be sanded and stained and sealed. Most of that will happen in the new year.

Dave Rider said...

Hi Wilma,

There's parts that seem to move fast, and parts that make me wish it was done and that the constructioneers were gone. Not that I don't like them, the whole crew is great, and they're doing a superb job, but there's times when I just want my life to get back to normal, with nothing much going on from day to day.

I can't wait to see our tile on the floor. That should be happening fairly soon, but like your and window trim, I imagine most of it will happen after New Years.

Speaking of holidays, you and Dennis have a wonderful Christmas and a quiet and prosperous New Year.