Thursday, February 12, 2015

DIY: Sylvan Brandt Style

Hey! My name is Tyler and I'll be doing a few guest posts here on our company blog for the next few weeks. The theme is 'DIY: Sylvan Brandt Style.' I'll be giving you a few simple projects that we have done over the course of the past few years, as well as projects that a few of our awesome customers have accomplished. 

About four years ago we sold our longtime office and moved up the street to a home that was up for sale right in front of our mill. This seemed logical so that our entire company would then be at one location. The issue: Our now office was first a home and that has confused a lot of customers in the past. Many people will avoid visiting our office because they think it is someones house...even though there are clearly "commercial" characteristics including painted parking space lines and a handicap parking spot. However, we too wanted to change the look of the place so this is what we did:

What was once the garage, now was becoming our someday cafe (more to come on this!). We took out the two garage doors and replaced them with a man-door and an antique 12-light window. To do so, we began removing the vinyl siding from the east side of the building and replaced it with beautiful brown barn siding. Each row simply overlaps the previous row by an inch. The boards were fastened with 2.5" nails first, then once a row was finished we placed wood screws every couple feet for reinforcement. We liked it so much we later did the first half of the back side of the building!

Then on the front side of our building we decided to go for the log cabin look by using beam faces and chinking...

We again took the vinyl siding off the front side of the building/cafe and also had a good friend make new window frames/jambs that we inserted antique 9 light windows into. We chose black plastic paper instead of black roofing paper for this job because we will be putting wet mortar on later so we felt that this would be protect the walls.

The two fascias look great together!

...time for chinking... first we use roofing nails to attach metal mesh for the mortar to stick to...

The the first coat has to have checks in it so that the second coat has something to grab onto.

The finished product is gorgeous!

On top of that, that two fascias look authentic together.
So there you have it! An awesome summer project awaits you as your turn you home into a rustic beauty! Come visit us for product options and recommendations on your project.
Stay tuned for more DIY projects...Sylvan Brandt Style!

Thanks for your time,
Tyler Hollinger

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