This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

A House – Update XXXVIII – Closet Ceiling, Bedroom Windows Internal Siding, Pier Bracket Replacement, & Birdhouse

After some of the great room siding had been done, we’ve been able to continue on the house, with the assistance of Robert.

Closet/Pantry/Bathroom Ceiling

Next job was the closet/pantry room/bathroom ceiling. Here are the cross blocks:

Closet Ceiling Blocks

And Robert working up there:

Robert Putting Plywood Down on Closet Ceiling

And the ceiling done. We can hopefully even store some things up there now as well:

East-West Closet Ceiling Done

North-South Closet Ceiling Done

Enclosing the Bedroom

We decided to go ahead and try to make the bedroom its own sealed-in room so we could have separate heat in there at some point, and so we needed the siding around the bedroom windows to go up, in preparation for installing the windows:

Bedroom Windows Internal Siding

More Foundation Beam Work

After adding spacers to the south beam to level it some, I didn’t like how the end of the beam was torquing still a little, with the pier being very slightly tipped that way, and so I thought I might try replacing the pier bracket with a wider one so I could set the beam a little bit back on the pier and add a side spacer to help keep the beam a little more vertical. And here is that process…

Here the beam is raised:

Raising House Beam

And here, loosening and removing the bracket:

Loosening Pier Bracket

Removing Pier Bracket

This is the bracket removed:

Pier Bracket Removed

And the new one in place:

New Pier Bracket in Place

Again, I used the floor jack to push back the bottom of the beam. I also temporarily removed the hurricane clips from the beam and floor joists to allow it to maybe pivot back a little easier:

Pushing Beam in Place with Floor Jack

And here the beam is set back down with the 2×4 side spacer in place. Hopefully that will help!

Beam Back in Place on New Pier Bracket


And finally, one other nice touch for this update: young Elijah, one of the Stonger boys, built us a birdhouse, which we put up on the south side of the house! Thanks Elijah, and nice job!


As always, we are very thankful to the Lord for providing for continued progress on the house!

— David


  1. Elijah

    Mr. Sifford –

    I read your post. Thanks for putting it up on the blog. I enjoyed reading it.

    (with typing help from Mama)

  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Elijah,

    Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks again for the birdhouse!

    — Mr. Sifford

  3. jenny

    Looks great! We've always loved the beauty of the natural wood. We finished a former attic into a master bedroom in our liitle house. Praise the Lord for his provision and blessings on your home.

  4. David and Susan Sifford

    Thanks, Jenny, and thanks to the Lord for His continued provisions, spiritual and temporal!

    Thanks for saying hi!

    — David

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