As I pondered news to share here about progress we’ve made on the church, I realized I never shared before-and-after photos of the west side of the church.
This area of the old Methodist church received a lot of attention last summer when we sided the garage and finished repairs to the belfry.
Here’s how it looked “before” when that functional-but-less-than-pretty fire escape was still attached:
Note the distinctive architectural feature between the first- and second-story windows. After finding the original wooden shakes on the fluted portion of the belfry, Tyler suspected wooden shakes were also hidden beneath that aluminum siding on the west side. So he had You-Can-Call-Me-Al remove the siding, and behold, the original shakes.
The wood shakes were in pretty good condition, and we wondered why on earth they were ever concealed. They desperately needed paint. You-Can-Call-Me-Al replaced about 20 of them. Tyler rented an articulating boom to make the belfry repairs, and You-Can-Call-Me-Al also used it to fix and paint the west side.
You-Can-Call-Me-Al painted the wooden shakes a similar color gray that we painted the stone foundation. Those century-old shakes soaked up the latex.
The west side turned out so well, we decided to copy the fluted peak and shakes on the new-construction garage, too.
If you look carefully at the belfry, you’ll see the new spire. I’ll share more about the installation of that spire in a future post.
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If you enjoy renovation stories or more specifically, this renovation story, mark your calendar. The book version of this blog, Church Sweet Home: A Renovation to Warm the Soul, will be available May 5. Stay tuned for details.