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Highs are inevitably followed by lows. Upon closer inspection of our glorious new sliding WinDoor systems, we found large gaps in some areas between the window frames and jambs that are not easily sealed, and everything has ground to a halt while the experts scratch their heads and figure out how to keep water out AND still make the architectural detailing look good AND not require us, the hapless homeowners, to sell our first-born. The huge fixed glass pieces arriving next week will have similar issues. My suggestion of pillows of pink expanding insulation and metallic spray paint was met by cold stares.

Nay! Gaps!

Pressure treated wood reveal, gap, aluminum door frame

The over-arching problem (oh that’s so negative! how about “consideration?” much cheerier!) with this house has been, and always will be, waterproofing. Every single major decision that has been made in this project has first been based on waterproofing. And here we are, within keen eyesight’s view of the finish line, and we have a new major waterproofing…consideration.

I’m going to go sit outside and watch the mullet jump (must be some seasonal thing? they splash around all day and night right now), forget my problems and let the experts mullet over. Ba dum bump.

A juvenile mullet

It’s everywhere, behind every bit of fascia, under every eave, behind the beautiful coquina that distinguishes this house. Durwood, the site superintendent, literally pokes a stick at it and the wood crumbles and nails fall out.

Expected but disheartening, so many repairs to make. Now that it rains daily, Richard has carefully positioned buckets on every floor to catch the roof leaks that find their way inside. Patricia, our architect, had originally seemed to me a bit over-obsessed with waterproofing when we first began this project, but I now understand why, and appreciate her detailed focus on what to use for flashing, waterproofing, supports to prevent water damage and corrosion, guttering, roofing etc. Most of the people involved in this project have occasionally marveled aloud that the house is still standing, just the sort of rot we’re hoping to dispel.