Thursday, December 28, 2006

Front elevation

Front elevation? I thought you we supposed to be working on your bathroom!

I know, I know... I just thought that since I’m sharing the experience of rehabbing my home, you should at least know what the outside of it looks likes. I’m not procrastinating; really, I’m not!

Here’s the front elevation blueprint...





Here’s a photo from September 7, 2002, shortly before we closed...








And here’s a photo from yesterday, December 27, 2006...






The most notable changes thus far:


  • You can see the cool front path! Notice in photo one they weren’t visible. That took an afternoon of scrapping the overgrown grass from the top of the stones to reveal the path. Neighbors thought I installed the path and simply marveled at the fact that those stones were there all along.


  • We took down the tree to the right of the front bay window and upstairs dormer.
    Remove all the overgrown landscaping in front of the bay window and added more manageable plants.


  • Mother Nature took down the pine tree off the right corner of the garage. Made us sick to our stomachs then; makes me sick now. It hurts to lose a great tree.


  • The vines on the right side of the house still exist; they’ve simply dropped their leaves for this season. They’re attractive in the summer, but you MUST stay on top of pruning them or they’ll take over the entire side of the house.


  • New roof. No, we didn’t replace the cedar shingle roof with a new cedar shingle roof. But as you’ll note in the photo to the right that was taken during construction of the new roof in the spring of 2006, the new composite roof closely resembles the traditional cedar roof. The decision to use composite over natural wasn’t solely based on cost. Since we had to re-deck the entire roof, the cost of the composite roof was only a couple of thousand less then the cedar roof. The biggest deciding factor was long-term maintenance. Since a cedar roof is supposed to be cleaned and treated every five years, we were swayed to sell our traditional souls to the more maintenance-free composite roof.

Lesson learned: If you have pine trees that start showing big areas of dead needles, and if those needles have little black dots on them, call an arborist, stat!

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