Monday, September 14, 2009

My 100th Post!!!

I've officially made it to 100 posts! Who knew I could actually keep up with this? (Not that I've been doing the best job lately)

So we found the garage door of my dreams. I really wanted to have windows on the top of the door. Our garage is so boring and just doesn't feel like it's part of the house. So for $283 extra, we can add just a little more detail to make our garage more part of the house. Quentin isn't too keen on spending the extra money but I am going to veto that because this is the only time we are going to be replacing the door so I think we should do it right. Just think of the return, right?

Well we ended up going with a door from AA garage doors, that first in the phone book really works well. We got the same garage door as we would have gotten from Home Depot except it was $200 less. I was out sick with a cold so Quentin made the executive decisions. While I like this garage door alright, I would have preferred square windows and longer panels below them. This is the door that was installed yesterday:
I really wanted to incorporate the garage into the house, since the garage is detached. Unfortunately the windows on the garage and the panels just don't really flow as well as I would like them toPhotobucket
But then again, I just have to tell myself, It's just a garage. It's way better than the solid POS that was there before. It may not be exactly what I wanted but it's cute and adds charachter to the garage. Even if it does look a little suburban. Ha!

Other than that, Quentin has a majority of the gutters almost finished. They look great. The house just looks amazing from the exterior now. We are looking into updating the kitchen this winter as well as installing a 1/2 bath on the 1st floor. I can wait for the mess, I can't wait for a new kitchen!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My poor neglected blog

This summer has been soooo busy. I feel like last summer we had a lot of weekends at the cabin and were so busy socially. This year we have just been so busy working around our house and other people's houses. We just finished painting our friends condo for him, that took approximately 8 days of labor. We not only painted the walls- we also painted the cemement ceilings which were difficult due to piping andvents. Oy!

We are currently working on paint touch ups on our house. I have also begun spray paint, brush painting and sealing some of the unopenable accent windows with storms. Its really looking great. The windows are so clean! I love it.

Quentin has began to replace our awful gutters himself. They aren't too expensive- just a little time consuming. Our old gutters were bent, rusted and leaky. The down spouts are missing from the pictures from the painting.
We should hopefully have the new ones up this weekend depending on our time. I'll post some photos.

We were hoping to get an Anderson Windows full view glass door for our front porch. Hopefully we'll be able to get one within the next couple of weeks. Our garage door just broke however and we are going to have to replace that pretty soon here. The frustrating thing is when you have to replace something rather than want. Good thing we are taking some side painting jobs for extra cash for the house. Another $1,200 gone.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

So Busy

Last weekend I decided that the front entrance of the house was looking a little drab. The fascia (I bet that's spelled wrong) is covered with white aluminum. The aluminum has probably been on the house for about 30 years, so if that gives you any idea of what it looked like. Most of the trim was streaky, or darker in some areas more than others. The dirt had pretty much just settled in. I decided it would be much easier to spray paint it than replace it. I went out and bought some flat white spray paint and got the enttire porch area painted.

I don't think we will paint under the eves or anything; just the areas that really need it. I also decided it was time to put up some new address numbers on the house and a mail box. In the picture below you can see how good of an accent the balck is with the colors. Once we get out black anderson glass door to the porch it's really going to look sharp... Oh yeah- and our lights. It never ends.