Tag Archive: Painting

Feb 19

Exterior – Day 13

As we slept in this morning, the workmen came and removed the scaffolding.  While I thought this was a little weird, since we hadn’t been asked if we’d approved it yet, but at least it means that most  of the work is done.


The workers will have to come back at least once more since they left brooms, brushes, and a ladder.

Exterior Renovations - Day 13

Exterior Renovations - Day 13




And a BEFORE/AFTER shot:

Exterior Renovations - Day 1  Exterior Renovations - Day 13

Feb 18

Exterior – Day 12

I popped upstairs to check a hunch when I got home today, and low and be-friggin’ hold, the roof was done!



Exterior Renovations - Day 10




 Exterior Renovations - Day 12


Ooo!  Shiny!

Feb 16

Exterior – Day Ten

Massive snow on the evening of Day Eight, so no one came yesterday.  Today, however, they were back.  Mostly, it seemed, putting finishing touches on the paintwork:


Exterior Renovations - Day 10


Exterior Renovations - Day 10

Hard to see, but they’ve painted the drainpipe and eaves pipes running down the side of the house with the same brown as the metal deck/fence.



You can see below that they’ve painted over the fresh wood that was put in by the carpenters on Sunday.  It’s white!

Exterior Renovations - Day 10


Not sure if they’re done yet.  If they are, I suppose the next step is the roof.

Feb 14

Exterior – Day 8

I get home later on Mondays, so by the time I snapped these, it was raining and the light wasn’t so good.


Exterior Renovations - Day 8

They’ve restained our front door so that the outside doesn’t look faded anymore.  For reference, this is how it looked until today:


Kamiooka Tea House



Exterior Renovations - Day 8 Exterior Renovations - Day 8


You can see in this final photo that they’ve added the blue stripe above the window frame, under the mini window cover.  I really hope they do another coat on the red, though; it’s looking pretty thin.

Feb 13

Exterior – Day Seven

Day five and day six were no-gos.  The weather was rainy and snowy, so no work got done.  But on the morning of the the seventh day, I answered the door in my red bathrobe and walked around the building consulting with Tsukide-san about the work.


A few hours later, the carpenters arrived to begin their work.


Exterior Renovations - Day 7

As you can see, there was more painting done on Friday after I left.  The blue over the window and the metal shutter box have been done.


Exterior Renovations - Day 7 

This is a shot looking straight up from right beside the front door.  The carpenters put in that metal cover (and the hole underneath) today.  It’s so our second floor crawlspace can vent properly and prevent rotting from humid air building up there.  Until now, URBAN had suggested to us to open the second floor windows as much as possible in order to accomplish the same thing.


Exterior Renovations - Day 7 

The white areas just above the window frames will be redone in blue (although the areas under the window covers will remain white).  Also, you can’t see it very well in any of these photos, but the carpenters replaced several areas of wood that had started to rot really badly.


Exterior Renovations - Day 7

Feb 11

Exterior – Day Four

Painting started yesterday in earnest.


Exterior Renovations - Day 4 


Yay!  Blue!


Exterior Renovations - Day 4


And red!


Exterior Renovations - Day 4



They did more work after I took these, but by the time I got back home last night it was dark, and today it is snow.  I expect them to be back at work tomorrow, weather permitting.

Feb 09

Exterior – Day Three

Well, the men are hard at work.  Today I came home to a fume-filled house, since they’ve started doing the primer coats on the wall and the wood.


 Exterior Renovations - Day 3

You can see that the coating is making the wall panels look really yellow.  They seem to be leaving the metal alone for the time being.


Exterior Renovations - Day 3