Today's renovation update is brought to you by Mr Weekend Island, Dan, who has been busy over at Karra on weekends while I have been tied up with Other Stuff.
He kindly took photos of his progress so I could share them here. Generous, isn't he?
In the end, we outsourced the rest of the sanding and exterior painting, and the end results are pretty good, although the battons downstairs still need to be done (that's a job with my name all over it).
Last weekend, Dan and his mate pulled off the railings at the side of the deck and started building the frame for the large screen that will run down one side.
We're building it because the new house going up next door is RIGHT up to the boundary line, and we like our privacy.
With bush on the other side, and water ahead, building these screens will mean the deck will again be somewhere you can wander around in your underwear.
Or less. Whatever tickles your fancy.
The screens mounted on these frames will be bamboo, in a reddish shade to tie in with the Western Red Cedar Walls of the house.
The boys also replaced the railings and are preparing to paint the deck surface.
Dan says they worked pretty hard last weekend. But they still had time out to hang out with some of the islanders, particularly of the feathered variety.
This little unit is particularly tame. Demanding, too. Particularly at lunchtime.