Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Few House Projects

We have been very lucky that we've really had no major things to do to the house to make it livable. There is even silver hinges/door knobs.  So for right now while we save up money, we can live as is.  David has completed a few projects that were bothering him.
I wish I had a before picture, but with a little one running around I am not the documenter that I used to be.  Let's use the picture above for an example.  This is what we envisioned our pampas grass looked like that was covering the electrical box in between our house and our neighbors.  We love our neighbors and we already talked to them about removing them. 
It was not an easy task. David had to hook up the truck with chain connected around the base of the plant and pull it out in sections.
Here is half way through. 
All gone!  I realize it is an eye sore to see those, but it really was so overgrown that it opens up our yards now and leaves good vibes! We plan to plant some nicer bushes this spring that we all pick out. 
Next on his to-do list was to pressure wash the soffits, trim/arches on the house.  He has a buddy who works at this equipment rental place and he got a great deal on this cherry picker so we couldn't pass it up.  It was definitely more safe than the alternative. I am thinking of renting this again for Christmas and have all the neighbors go in on it. You saw the elaborate light display the houses do in our neighborhood.
Up he went with all his tools.  We got a quote for repainting all this and the siding and they wanted something to the tune of $2-3,000 so I'm very glad that this cheaper option worked great in cleaning the house for now.
We also had the yard sprayed to control the weed situation so we are ready for spring.  We just need to decide what we'd like to do with the existing plants and garden areas.
Moving on inside to a small change in the kitchen sink area.  We got a new faucet for a great deal at Costco.  We had the standard builders grade one in place before.
We like how this one can be pulled out and really rinse the whole sink area. 
This wasn't a necessity, but it is a nice touch. 
While taking photos of the kitchen area, I realize that the window area is very plain... much like most all our windows. My sister says we live in a fish bowl because none of the downstairs windows have curtains/blinds.  Surprisingly it doesn't bother me right now.  I will work on that at some point. So much to do! Pin It


Jen S said...

Looking great! Jealous that you have flowers in bloom already. Your porch is missing a rocking chair for Mr. Max!

Sarah said...

What a super cute house! I am so jealous of the flowers. We've still got a few feet of snow everywhere!

leah said...

I love everything y'all have done so far! So happy that you love your neighbors too what a great plus!

Chris said...

Coolio, looking good!

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