Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Get On Top

This past weekend it was time to clean the clerestory windows, so up on the roof I went! Huh? What's that? You thought this post was going to be about something else? Hmmm. Nope, just window cleaning. heehee....
Anyway, you see, back in the summer when I had the clerestorys open for such a long time, the aggravating little mud daubers filled up the little grooves on the sides of the windows where the support bracket for the panes slides up and down. I appreciate the enthusiasm the daubers show for nabbing spiders and caterpillars but I think they are determined to fill up every single nook and cranny on this house. Some of which I need. So, some of the windows would not close all the way. Since the only comfortable way to reach the outside of these windows is from the roof, I decided just to make a cleaning event of it.

Next year I believe I will fill those grooves with backer rod after I open the windows for the season. I believe the daubers will then overlook the groove and at the end of the season it can just be pulled out and the window closed. I am going to have to permanently install some screw eyes or something similar in a discreet manner along this wall in order to attach a life line when I am up here working. I have a lot of work to do here still and it does get slippery sometimes.

I really liked this shot of the inside of the house because it shows just how much sunlight is shining in the house now. I still think I could have gone with at least one more window but I'm not sure where I would have put it. Anyway, I'm happy with the amount of sun in the kitchen and living room. Plus, it adds a very airy and special glow to the rooms. It just makes you feel good. I am somewhat frustrated that I cannot get back far enough to show the whole room at once. One of my friends that visited lately had the comment that she was surprised how big the kitchen/living room was because you could just not get a feel of it on the blog.
This photo was taken right in the middle of the cleaning frenzy so please overlook the mess.
We have just been kinda piddling at work lately (we only poured 18 yards of concrete today) so I have had lots of energy when I get home for things. I have worked on some stuff in the garden, which I hopefully, will show you soon. I also harvested the last of my peas and peppers and a good amount of catnip. I believe the frost is going to get them tonight.

*Red Hot Chili Peppers


pablo said...

I love that red door, and I believe we have the same couch.

Anonymous said...

Stunning shot, love all the sunshine streaming in ER. You really have done something very special with your home!


edifice rex said...

Hey Pablo! thanks! there are going to be a few more red touches on the outside of the house to go with the door.
the same couch! Well, we have good taste then don't we?

Hey Molly! Thanks so much!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

The Windows work well letting in natural light. I assume they face South.

Maya said...

The light you get in there is beautiful. I love the high ceilings too - it makes such a difference in the feel of a house. Great work!

edifice rex said...

Hey Philip! Yes, they work great and they do face south. I have 9 windows, in all, on that side.

Hey Maya! Thanks! It is a nice feel and the high ceilings are great. the rest of the house has conventional flat ceilings but they are 9 feet. My architect talked me into that and I'm glad he did.

Jenn said...

I've bought a house based on that lovely late autumn light pouring in the windows. Value you can not put a price on!

edifice rex said...

Hey jenn! You got that right!