Rustic Palladio | Day 79 | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith

Rustic Palladio | Day 79 | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith


Hey, it doesn’t look like it’s gonna rain.
We’re moving ahead with the paint. And I’m very excited about it because we’re getting
the front porch finished. And I had Tony do a couple of mockups for me. They’re basically,
well, they’re almost 7 inch square. Which I’m happy with the proportion of the column
itself. They’re solid wood treated. They’re gonna last forever. But let me show you want
we’re gonna have him do. They say an eco-friendly house can’t be built in 150 days for $150,000,
and I say it can. I’m Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and
creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. What we have here
is a base block, which is made of that material that we used for the trim boards. It’s got
a 40 year warranty. This has a 40 year warranty on it. It’s rough cut, but hey, this is what
we’re calling farmhouse chic, so it needs to be a little rough. Tony, while I was away,
mocked up a cap. I had a model for him to look at. He built it exactly the way it was
designed. But what I came down here and saw is that it’s really too big–and–just for
the proportions of this house. So what he did yesterday is he came down–we decided
to cut it almost in half. And this proportion is much more attractive. And so, what I wanna
do is just show you what we did here. What we have is about 4 inches of collar here,
which actually goes up beyond, up behind here. A 2 inch by 2 by 1 inch piece here. And then
just a little trim mold here. And then a block here at the top. Again, we’re trying to follow
some classical proportions. This is a rustic farmhouse, so we’re not, like, being a slave
to Palladio or anything. And the other thing we’re gonna do is he’s gonna to chamfer the
sides of these posts. And you see, they’re pretty rough, so we’re gonna do kind of a
course sanding. I don’t want all of the grain to go away because it really kind of matches
the grain of the materials that we’ve used to trim out the whole house. What he’s gonna
do is he’s gonna chamfer. From this point to here will be left alone, so what will come
down is we’ll come down 4 to 6 inches here. He’ll chamfer the corner. Let me set this
down and show you. So chamfering just means you’re just gonna sort shave off the corner.
And what he did is he did a 3/4 here and 1/2 inch chamfer here. And I went with the half
inch chamfer. I didn’t want it too deep. So, like I said, he’s gonna come down about 6
inches. He’ll chamfer in. It’ll have a little bit of cove. I’ll come all the way down on
the post, all the way down to here, to 1 foot from this point here. It just adds a nice
little detail to it. We’ll knock off the rough edges here. And these guys right here will
paint it our Super White color, and it’s gonna be beautiful. If you’re enjoying these updates
on how the house is coming along, hey, there’s still a lot to see. So check-in regularly,
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8 Comments

  • GLFH says:

    What's to be done with the space ABOVE the porch post to impede critter lodging? [[BATS!]]

  • bldavis11 says:

    I've lived in homes with deep porches for more than 30 years, and we have never once had a problem with bats. We see numerous bats every evening around our home, so they are around!

  • bldavis11 says:

    Mr. Smith: I am enjoy watching the home progress through the stages. It's a fascinating project and adventure. The topic of architecture and Palladio are near and dear to me, especially when you start talking about trim works. Please keep up the good work!

  • GLFH says:

    Thanks for the reply. We get bats behind the shutters and wasp nests where ever there is a protected space. You must have some magic . . . LOL.

  • bldavis11 says:

    Wasps are a different story! If it's warm outside, they are too!

  • ehowhome says:

    Thanks for the great praise for Allen and team! We agree

  • P. Allen Smith says:

    You know, this is a great question. Even on the main house we have barn swallows but they really don't pose a problem and I like to follow the policy of live and let live!

  • scarpien says:

    Jeez. Reading about you guys discussing bats and stuff is weird!! The porch is coming along nicely. The entire front facade is really coming into its own.

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