Conservatory base progress

I didn’t get the base finished this weekend, but I worked at an enjoyable pace and got a more than fair amount done.

The rocks will barely be visible in the end, but I had fun painting and it was good practice.

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I cut a piece of plywood for the back wall, stained and repaired a broken door, and started bricking.

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I screwed in pier supports cut from Trex scraps left over from my daughter’s remodel.

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The top surface of the pier will be made from strip cut from the Trex.  Trex is very, very messy to cut!  It makes ten times the sawdust.

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The whole front of me was as covered as my arm.  I used the shop vac to clean most of it off.  My husband walked in as I was vacuuming my boobs...he rolled his eyes, turned around, then walked back out.  :D

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The only thing that needs to be finished before I can move on to seascaping is the brick wall.  I can finish that this week in the evenings.

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I am using magnetic cabinet closures to attach the rear wall, so I can have access to the interior of the conservatory.

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The walled off square is room for electrical stuffs, should I decide to electrify.

I probably could have finished bricking the wall this evening, but I have to clean my studio at the end of every weekend, so I can use it for my office during the week.

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Anything I work on during the weekday evenings has to be low-mess and fit on my rolling cart.

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I am very much enjoying both working from home and having a clean room.


Conservatory base

Before I can start landscaping, or rather, seascaping, the base of the contest build, I need to build the base for the conservatory.  The two builds will sit next to each other as part of a cohesive theme.  To have seamless flow it would be prudent to seascape them concurrently.  I’d like to finish the base this weekend, then I will show you the flora and fauna I’ve accumulated :)

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Right wall finished

The right wall is “finished”.  The components are prepared, but I won’t fasten the roof piece in place until it’s clear I won’t need to lay the project on its side, nor glue the decking down until the base is complete.

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I positioned the outer deck support at a slight downward angle, which should make the far end of the dock sag.  I’d like it to look dilapidating but still functional.  Hopefully the slant is sufficient, I couldn’t adequately test with only two hands.

Construction of the bit of roof progressed faster than I anticipated, despite my indecisiveness on the finish.

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You’ll notice I am short one rafter.  I miscounted, but then liked how that looks.

I put down an underlay of  tarpaper, simulated by dark blue cardstock, as black would have faded by the sun.  A metal roof to cover this, with bits of the tarpaper peeking through.  I have some thin corrugated aluminum that’s been in my stash for years which I thought I’d use.

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Though it’s dented it’s still too new looking in comparison to the wood finish on the building, so I used sodium percarbonate (Oxy-Clean) and heat to age the aluminum.  The chemical dulled the finish and flame melted spots, but I didn’t get a finish I was crazy about.

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I splattered on rust spots with ink, which helped...

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I was going to examine additional distressing, but then saw this tossed out of the garage by my husband while cleaning.

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The corrugated aluminum was a bit small in scale, and the corrugations in the coffee can are too big for scale, but the real rust finish...oh my.

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Looking at the pictures again this morning, I’m still torn.  I like the scale of the aluminum but the rust of the coffee can...though the coffee can is maybe too rusty.  

What do you think?


Right wall progress

Progress on the right wall :)

I moved the door away from the corner a bit and put in a smaller window.

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The siding is on and the wall is stained.  Nancy shared her “secret recipe“ for gray ;) 

The door and window weren’t very absorbent, but I’m going to accept them as they are.  Nothings ages evenly, including myself.

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I attached the ledger rail for the dock... I didn’t wipe off the excess glue from the bottom edge, but pressed in green flocking.

 Next step...a bit of roof... it’s hard to explain, you’ll see.

I also fixed the rubber bumper under the boathouse door on the left wall.  You can see the difference from the first picture to the second.