Build your house upon a rock!
Submitted by bsnyder on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:09
I'll start off with the most recent photo of the completed house which pretty much shows what it looks like now, and then move into the process of replacing the old brick foundation that was crumbling underneath the house.
To be fair, as can be seen from the cover picture, there was a lot of work done to the house before we decided to start taking pictures and reflecting on how far we had come. The siding was changed from the old 8" white vinyl, and most of the windows had been replaced. We also added the room addition you see at the back of the house just before I resided it. Other work outside that we did not document was the new roof, overhangs and gutters. We had a roofing company come in and take care of the roof (becasue I'm too old to be walking a 10/12 pitch hip/gable roof, and I hate roofing) which had 3 or four layers on it so it needed to be stripped down to the bare 1x6" sheeting. A crew of seven guys tore off and re-roofed the main hip and gables in one day!. They came back the next day and did the porch roof. I took over after that and re-did the soffit and fascia myself. The only thing left outside now it to move around the house replacing the trim around the windows and doors to match the garage. The garage was trimmed in 1x4 and 1x6 solid PVC to keep from ever having to paint it. We are also thinking of adding shutters to the windows but haven't decided on a color yet.