Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Going Green" and a "Face Lift"

You probably never guessed you'd see those two expressions together, but they fit our house right now!  It's been 1 1/2 yrs since we bought the place, and it's been since then that I had a vision of what it could be; so this is very exciting!

In the beginning (actually not completely, there was an ugly brown metal door before- but I couldn't find an old photo).
And the back; we tore off most of the porch, but are temporarily leaving the overhang for a dry place to paint window trim.  It's been a very rainy July!

And the T1-11 we had to replace after a minor "incident" one Saturday evening when my sweet husband accidentally backed the Jeep into the gas meter and shoved it into the house..... Just a warning, service calls on a weekend are highly valuable to the natural gas company!  =)
After adding a gable to the left end of the house, a small covered porch, removing the cedar lap-siding, and replacing the windows and trim; we started adding hardy-board siding.
He also squared off the part underneath the window seat, and the new siding is making dramatic improvements!

Caulking the siding/trim with his big helper.
Siding and caulking are finished!
Time to mask and prepare to spray.  I was really hoping the flowers wouldn't be completely smashed, and they did great!
I had rolled a coat on the back and sides as far up as I could reach with a small ladder, to get a good base coat.  This made some of the spraying go faster.
Someone from the garage sale came back to get the rest of the cement pavers we took out, the kids were quite excited to carry them out of the way.
They really are fun, and enjoy helping out with whatever we're working on.  Aunty Lindsey came out for the evening and gave the kids quite a treat!  She took them to the school to ride bikes, then to McDonalds for ice-cream and french fries while we painted!
And now:
Any better than this?

It hardly looks like the same place, we're getting closer to finished! 
Still need to paint the trim white, the fascia brown, install the interior window trim and paint it, replace the downstairs door, finish re-shingling the roof, and LOTS of dirt-work; but we are getting so much closer.
While we have been out working lately, so many have driven by and stopped to compliment us on the improvements, honk the horn, or give us a "thumbs up", we're hoping this means we'll have a very easy time selling it.  It's been a lot of work but so worthwhile!

8 comments:

Tiffany said...

WOW - that's a lot of good work done. You must feel so great about all that you've accomplished with your home. The "helper" photos are so sweet. Congrats!

KatieB said...

The house looks AWESOME!! Great job. I bet it feels so good to see so much progress...

-Katie

Becky Gonce said...

It looks compeletely AWESOME!!!! Come do my house next-K-?

Evan and Clover and Co. said...

Amazing makeover! Looks like you guys have been busy!

Sue said...

Are you really looking to sell the home? It looks like a really nice place to settle down and raise a family.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Wow...you cant move! The house looks too fabulous. I can hardly believe it's the same house!

billieq said...

Taking advantage of the "midnight sum" for sure, aren't you? Looks great but can't imagine you selling after all the work you've done!

BakerCityWilson4 said...

Looks very nice!!