The Big House Renovation

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  1. Pianolady

    Pianolady In Flower

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    We have black aluminum railings! As always, it was more difficult than planned, but came out nice. We have the stairs & handrail, and some diagonal bracing to add & we're done.

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    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Great choice! Looks fantastic and sturdy too. Perfect with your table and chair ensemble.
     
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    dooley Super Garden Turtle

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    I like it, too. It looks great. You will get lots of use out of it.

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    Really looks good. You will get years of enjoyment out of that.

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    Pianolady In Flower

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    It's been a while since my last update, the last week has been a blur of activity of things that had to be done before the siding guy comes. He's coming this week! Our last step in the summer-long improvement project. Today, we're replacing one more screen door, clearing out the porch & deck for the construction workers, and hubby also regraded the back of the house to make sure all the siding was above grade. It's much better now.

    Here's our deck, almost finished. It's finished enough for the siding people. We still need to put the fronts on the steps, but it can wait. I'm wanting to build a storage unit on the other side of the steps, thus no railing for the moment at least.
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    My husband putting on the last piece of the deck, he did a great job.
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    We had to build a platform for our landing. It turned out okay, was worried how it would look.
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    You're doing a fantasic job!!!
     
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    Pianolady In Flower

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    Siding Day 1 is at an end, this is how far they got...
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    To say that I'm impressed is a BIG understatement. I've followed this topic from the very first when you posted a list of 'To do' jobs. What a vast amount has been achieved and of such a high standard too. You have a home to be proud of and have also increased the value of your property into the bargain. Many congratulations!! :smt041 :smt041
     
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    And... it looks AWESOME to boot! :stew2:
     
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    How wonderful!! You built yourself a whole new house! What a satisfying feeling you must have, GREAT JOB!
     
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    Day 2

    It's the end of Day 2, doesn't seem like they got very far, but rain was on the horizon. I suppose the back side of the house has the most obstacles to work around, which is why it's taking so long.
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    I'm loving that color!
     
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    End of Day 3. They got over to start the garage today. We had our first meeting with them to discuss issues we thought needed fixing. I was really stressed about it, but they were able to address the issues we had before moving on. Still, I dislike having to babysit a work crew, we shouldn't have to ask to have things done right in the first place. It stresses me out!

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    We're having similar problems with our roofers Pianolady. We have to check on their work every day and point up things we're unhappy about. They do fix them but as you say ... it causes sooo mch stress!! Why can't they just do the job properly first time around?
     
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    I've noticed the same thing... if you don't know how something is supposed to be done, they (work crews) sometimes will take short cuts. So, like with anything else, you have to be knowledgeable and present to make sure jobs are done exactly like you want. And... not to "put down" any contractors/workers... I've had some excellent work done before. "Homework" seems to be the key.
     

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