Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hand-Split Shakes

We both had to visit the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital here on Monday afternoon. Steve had an x-ray to see if he had any metal in his eyes from working in the factory all those years. That was a prerequisite to the Wednesday MRI of his spine. I had a CT scan on my head. Our new doctor is just being very thorough when it comes to treating my migraines. She wants to see if there's anything unusual going on in my head. Don't worry. They won't find anything - except a larger than average brain!

I'm still barking like a seal from this sinus infection, but Steve told me the guys had started the siding on the new house earlier that afternoon - the hand-split shakes! So, we HAD to take a drive after our tests. Once again, it was a beautiful day with our Keweenaw Blue sky. Here's a photo of the back of the house with Steve.

You can see a tiny bit of the siding, but I'll save the close-up for later in this post.

The crew was gone for the day by the time we arrived, but they had also been working on the stairs. We had some temporary steps in already, but we wanted to make sure they passed inspection before continuing. When the building inspector was there a couple of weeks ago, he gave us the green light on everything. So, the temporary set was pulled down, and the permanent set was started.

Here's a shot I took from the landing on the stairs.

Looking from the laundry room door through the kitchen into the great room:

Looking from the laundry room door through the kitchen into the dining area:

Yes, it's messy. Steve took care of that the next day. Looking through one of the windows in the master bedroom:

I really like the bronze window crank. It's "up" in the following photo, but the handle folds down out of the way.

I like the hardware on the sliding doors in the great room, too.

Looking from the great room up into the loft area. You can see the opening for the second floor bathroom door.

I turned around and snapped another shot of the trapezoids and sliding doors.

Another exterior shot:

The siding is vinyl - no upkeep - with the look of hand-split shakes. There will be another piece of trim around the windows (which hasn't arrived yet), so the guys didn't install the siding all the way to the windows. Here's a better shot.

When I was taking the exterior shots, I noticed the moon above our house - up in the Keweenaw Blue sky.

The rough plumbing is beginning today! Some of these latest photos will make it onto the Construction Page soon, but I wanted to share them with you here, too.

All is well in the Keweenaw.


  1. Your house is coming along nicely. It must be exciting to finally see daylight at the end of the tunnel. Looking forward to many more updates on your house.

  2. Yes, it looks so nice! Love the siding and all the will be a wonderful place to live!


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