House and Garage Get a Facelift

She is 84 after all…I’m sparing you the 3,000 pictures of the entire process showing the piles and piles of garbage and complete chaos a project like this creates…needless to say the neighborhood was VERY happy when this project was complete.  Before the facelift, it really was one of the most unappealing houses on the block.  The pink-ish vinyl siding wasn’t exactly vintage Portland.   We built a new garage in 2011 with the intent of matching the pinkish siding, since we knew we couldn’t afford to reside the main house.  But, as luck would have it, the contractor couldn’t locate this wondering siding…and feeling bad he offered to reside the entire main house at cost (love my contractor).  Thank you ugly siding!!!!!  It took another year to get to the main house but now it’s finally finished and results are very satisfying.

The Garage:

The original garage was completely useless, you can’t tell from the pictures but the roof was rotted and the interior was a scary, moldy, damp, mess.  The seller did put a new door on the garage…what a surprise when I opened it to find a rotted core!  I can’t tell you what a difference it makes to have a garage…the entire landscaping project of 2012 would not have possible without this new garage in place first.

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Main House:

The issues with the main house may not be readily apparent from the pictures.  The 2nd story addition that was added before the house was purchased in 2005 created a big, ugly, blank wall that faced the street – devoid of any architectural interest.  The existing fence was also rotting off the rails.  For the 1st 5 years the focus was on creating camouflage, knowing that new siding was too expensive.  This consisted of planting >6 trees, 1 of which you can see on the left side of the top right picture, during “Operation Hide The House”.  The new siding is HardiePlank, which is more in keeping with the stype of the neighborhood, and the darker color helps the house recede a bit and not stand out like a sore thumb as it did before.

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2012 was a good year for curb appeal.  It took 7 years but now I feel proud of my house when I drive up instead of apologetic.  The neighbors are VERY happy, and it will now free me up to focus on overhauling the front yard and curbs this spring/summer.

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