July 21, 2015

90 Year Makeover {Exterior Renovation Photos}

For it's 90th birthday we bought our house a new exterior. Check out some photos of the big reveal.
Before
During 5 Weeks of Work
(also known as the bulk of my summer vacation)
{Sneak peek of the window weights}
 
After!
Ready for weather, and looking cute!

Paint Colors:
Horizontal green siding - Sherwin Williams Retreat
Upstairs shingle siding - Behr Sporting Green
Window/wall trim - Sherwin Williams Dover White
Doors/windows - Sherwin Williams Red Barn
Porch floor - Behr Antique Tin

Storytime....
Painting our house had been on the list since move-in last year and I am happy to say it is D-O-N-E. Last year we replaced the rotted porch floor and trim with pressure treated slats, started some landscaping, had an enormous cottonwood tree removed that had branches hanging over the house.

Up next was "paint" but it was a little more complicated than that. There was a lot of rotted wood and damaged siding and windowsills from time and untreated drainage issues to repair, as well as dirty and damaged spots from where the previous owners let ivy grow on the house. We also wanted gutters added to prevent future water/foundation damage.

The specialty siding previously ordered was too hard to have custom made to replace damaged areas (about 15% of all siding needed to be repaired). So, "painting" turned into re-siding the lower level of the house and garage, adding new trim on corners, windows, and doors.

We also took this opportunity to go from 3 paint colors to 5. "For fun" we added cute new stand mailbox and new light fixtures for the front porch, back deck, and back door. All out outdoor lights now have light sensors too and come on automatically each night, fancy!

There was some drama (luckily not as much as when we moved in) that including Craiglist, lots of work that had to be done twice, and poor management that makes Matt especially frustrated. I'll sum it up by saying our first site manager was fired and everyone from the company we used says it's been a "real learning experience" - ugh. Never underestimate a 90-year-old house! What should have taken 2 weeks took 4, but it's over now and looks great. We should also be getting half off city tax with the historic preservation exemption for most of our time here, which takes a bit of the sting off too.

Left to do: Finish out the front landscaping, refinish the back deck next year and possibly replace it some day, a new roof far down the line if we live here that long.

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE it!! Jan Pelias and I are ready to come visit and see it in person!! :)

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  2. And, that comment was from fairpairsquared :)

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