Finally got started on my project this weekend, and your guidance has been a huge help!
I took extra time to make sure that I had a nice, straight reference line from the living room to the back wall of the house. Your suggestion here was critical. It’s parallel with the inside dining room wall and will provide a good sight line.
I then created a second reference line closer to my starting point in the family room (23’ from the first) and used it to install and lock down my first 3 rows. After 7 rows, I was still dead-on straight, so I’m confident that I have a solid foundation.
I’m now working around my stone fireplace. I had already cut out the mortar, but the unevenness of the stone requires some fun cuts. Patience and your technique for installing planks in difficult spots was a huge help here. It was the only way I could get the plank on the side of the fireplace installed (pic attached).
Thanks for being a fantastic resource!