Sunday, March 29, 2015

Day by Day

It feels like winter is still trying to hold on around here but we're moving forward anyway!  Siding is starting to go up and the house is looking so much better.  It's finally getting easier to see what the final product will look like and I'm quite excited about it!  We've also started getting back to work ourselves, knocking off small projects on the weekend to help move things along.  We did two tasks today - first, we installed a ledger board for the back deck.  Our lot slopes and our French doors are quite a bit off the ground.  We'll eventually have a small landing deck and five steps down to a big patio so we put the ledger board in for that eventual project.  Next, we installed a new egress window into the basement.  For reasons that are unclear to me, the basement originally had two separate doors on either side of the back of the house.  We decided that we only needed one way in and out so we closed up the second door and turned it into an nice big egress window instead.  Eventually this window will be in a bedroom so, in addition to needing to be big enough for egress, we wanted to make sure it let in plenty of light and air.  The contractors did the stone work to change the opening from a doorway to a window opening and we installed the new window today.  Since we're still living in the basement, the added light is a nice bonus for us too.

Let's get to the pictures...

Hardie plank siding is primed but not painted yet - we're thinking a dark blue color with white trim but final choice still TBD

Back of the house, without ledger board

And with ledger board and drip cap flashing

This is not energy efficient

This is much better!

You can see from the unpainted brick where the door used to be - now fully converted into a window instead

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