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October 29, 2012 |

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We got a little white surprise up at the Momplex.

I'll give you a hint.

It's white.

And it's here to stay.

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Here's what the Momplex has looked like since we finished the monster siding project.

We have decided to wait until spring to put side porches and front decks on the Momplex. We will also wait until spring to finish the front decorative gable end, pour the front concrete aprons and landscape.

Something about knowing Mom will be inside the Momplex cooking lunch and snacks makes pushing exterior projects off until spring not seem like such a bad idea at all. I can hear myself already ... "Honey, you spent all day up at the Momplex working. It's my turn to work up there!!!"

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The leaves have since changed colors and blown away. Up here in Alaska, fall only lasts a mere few weeks. No tree wants to be caught with it's leaves on come snow fall. The heavy burden of snow will bend the tree over.

For the front garage doors, we went ahead and covered the wood bucks from the ICF construction with 3/4" exterior plywood. We had originally thought about just painting the exposed plywood white, but since most all of the exterior of the Momplex is maintenance free, I had a hunch repainting the garage door insides might not get done as often as it needs to be. Remember, we are hoping Mom lives in the Momplex until she's way too old to be on a ladder painting, so anything we can do now to plan for that is one less job we will be doing later on.

So what to do ???

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While we mulled that one over, the Ram went ahead and framed up the inside for mounting garage doors to the walls and ceiling above with 2x lumber. Drywall will go in between later on.

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While picking up supplies for our HVAC system - more on that soon! - we noticed the shop had metal flashing covering the garage door sides. What a perfect solution!

Metal is prepainted, durable, and will match the exterior of the Momplex.

We called our local metal shop and ordered white metal to fit, and they bent the metal so it is a perfect cover for the plywood. I tell you, this is easier than taping off and painting!

The Ram cuts the metal to length with tin snips.

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And then applies silicone to prevent water leakage under the metal. If water gets inside, it will have no way to drain and will pool up in there and rot the plywood out.

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The silicone also adheres the metal to the wood.

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And then the metal just fits in place. We of course also attach with screws just to make sure it's not ever coming down again.

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The sides are give the same treatment.

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Now that looks much better!

I also love how professional the white metal looks. It's smooth and even and consistent.

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Now remember, this is the Momplex. There's two moms. Everything get's done twice.

So we did the other garage door too.

And that where we left things.

But then one morning, I drove up to the Momplex, and there was this white surprise.

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We've got garage doors!!!!

Yes, the Fairy Garage Door Guy came and put the garage doors in!

We talked about DIYing the garage door installation, but because of their size, the doors had to be special delivered. Installation was only a couple hundred more. And a leaky garage door can cost hundreds if not thousands in wasted heat over years of use, so we said yes to the installation option.

They did an awesome job and we love the garage doors!

And yes, Mom, they come with automatic openers too!

What a nice white surprise!

PS - It' snowed!

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lol

Love the "PS- It snowed!". Looks so good and cozy now!

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Mon, 2012-10-29 15:17
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It looks sooooo beautiful with snow on it

SNOW! I know it slows everything down and it can be a pain ... but the momplex looks sooooo beautiful with snow on it!!! You guys really must be so proud!

posted by Juanita_r | on Mon, 2012-10-29 18:23

Love the white surprise!

Snow and the garage doors! It really is coming along and looking so amazing. We have had snow here in Minnesota already but it didn't stick. Stay warm!
Hugs

posted by Joy2Journey (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-10-29 19:01
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Looks great!! Not the snow,

Looks great!! Not the snow, btw. ;-) Glad to see that you're moving onto the inside cause I can't wait!!!!!!

http://www.simply-desiged.us/blog

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Tue, 2012-10-30 00:55
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I love snow! I agree with

I love snow! I agree with everyone else who said it looks cozy. I can just imagine the moms inside stoking their fires.

posted by logangb345 | on Tue, 2012-10-30 01:20
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Ah, it's got to be nice to

Ah, it's got to be nice to shut the doors and keep out the cold. What a long way you've come!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Tue, 2012-10-30 03:53

Its crazy but down here on

Its crazy but down here on the Canadian prairies (border of Alberta and Saskatchewan) we have more snow than you. We didn't get too long of a fall either this year, many trees still have their leaves. Its Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get around here. THe Momplex is looking great and I have been watching with baited breath for each new instalment! Its very exciting.
P.S. I love that you are doing this for your MOM'S! Great Job!

posted by CrysKay (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-30 10:03

gosh it's getting cozier and

gosh it's getting cozier and cozier up there.

posted by jeannette (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-30 11:03

So glad you got your "before

So glad you got your "before winter comes" punch list done. It looks great; awesome idea to clad the trim with metal. I imagine your home maintenance is quite a lot with your extreme weather. I know I have been happy we used high quality paint on the eves of our two story garage and house; it's bad enough having to climb up there to stain our cedar trim every few years. Our Texas heat is tough on outdoor wood. Happy sledding!

posted by Delloraine (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-30 12:12

They look awesome....I love

They look awesome....I love how you sneak the snow in at the end :)

posted by Christina @ Homemade Ocean (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-30 12:46

Trim

If anyone is interested in covering their trim with metal, there is a website http://www.trimbender.com that can custom bend aluminum to fit your trim. They also have a number of videos on Youtube detailing how to install it. I ordered some trim to install over my 60 year old sills and brick mould. I just entered the numbers in on their website and it came within the week. I probably wouldn't use them for simple trim, like fascia but they were nice for complex stuff.

* I don't have any association with trimbender and I am not getting paid to say this. I just found them on youtube one day and have since trimed out all my windows.

posted by Ricksite (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-10-30 20:19

Delden is a local entrance

Delden is a local entrance producer and installation software that located in middle of the USA with offices in Might, Nebraska, Wi and Mo. Delden Garage area Gates also operates the Amarr entrance company. Delden has been manufacturing garage doors since the mid 1950's. They produce and install a complete line of residential and commercial garage doors. A review of entrance costs shows that Delden Garage area doors are considered a mid priced entrance.
www.hendersongaragedoorspares.com/

posted by tonyburnell | on Sat, 2013-04-27 00:46

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