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What a tease!

June 8th, 2011

I’m full of sneak-peeks this week!  This one is courtesy of the “back of the house” siding project…

Almost Done!!!  It’s been 4 long years in the making!!

I’m headed off to NYC bright and early tomorrow morning for a few days.  My god-daughter, Lee Shelly, is graduating from High School and I had to be there to help celebrate!

Mr. vB will be holding the down the fort until I return.

Let’s hope they BOTH survive!

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Back of the House- Part Three?

April 14th, 2011

I can’t remember if it’s part three or four? Forgive me.. that’s what happens when a project spans several months!!

The good news is that Bill tackled the last remaining side of the back of the house earlier this week.

Down came the aluminum siding and the other 8 layers that were hiding underneath.  And per normal, we WEREN’T surprised to see that NO INSULATION had been put in the walls.

{No wonder my office felt like the North Pole during the Winter Months!!}

But now I will be “snug as a bug in a rug” come the winter!!

Third and Final Wall now COMPLETE!! Bring on the Siding!!!

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Progress…

March 23rd, 2011

I’m excited to report that more progress has been made on the back of our house.

{for the recap on the entire project go here}

With the help of our neighbor Bill, another exterior wall was demo’d of old aluminum siding, shingles and the MONSTER  AC unit that no longer worked.

I didn’t get a good photo of the before demo- but the “during” ain’t much better.

Can you see where 2 windows use to be?

And no- Bill didn’t remove anything from those openings.  That is what he found when he ripped the siding off. I’m kinda feeling like I’m in an episode of Holmes on Holmes.  Let’s make it Right People…yes- that was my best Mike Holmes impersonation.

Bill added some 2×4′s to the openings to “properly” fill them in and then we are going to insulate and put plywood over top of that.  Then that side will be finished! Two down, one more to go!

Here’s an interior shot of my office where the AC unit used to live.

And where it is currently located…

It hasn’t moved in 3 days.  Yeah- nothing says get to work like a big AC unit sitting beside your desk.

Hopefully this weekend we can relocate it to the curb!!

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It’s a Wrap- Part 1

September 15th, 2010

So it’s been almost 3 years since we last visited this latest house project.  It’s been long overdue, but we knew it would be somewhat complicated and likely expensive, hence the hold off on doing it.

But we bit the bullet this past weekend and jumped back into it.  What is the project you ask? 

THE BACK OF THE HOUSE!!

Like I mentioned, we started this project about three years ago when we literally ripped out the back wall of the house.

And then rebuilt it properly and added Double Doors…

and a nice new deck..

Enter present day.. Now it’s time to tackle the second story!

Mr. vB, his bro Justin, and their Dad were up and at ‘em bright and early Saturday morning.

They focused on the back wall, ripping off the aluminum siding and exposing the original wood…

Then they added new plywood…

and very careful stapled on new house wrap.

Last but not least, they installed the new replacement windows and trim.

Looks better already doesn’t it??

One wall down and three more to go!  Let’s just hope it’s not another 3 years before we get to them!

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