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Old 07-29-2012, 05:56 PM   #16
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Here are a couple of photos from when we repaired the attic vent and siding. The wood siding was peeling and had some rot. We rented a scaffold and scraped, repaired, primed, and painted.

The paint job is just a temporary fix to keep the siding protected for now. We plan on a complete exterior paint job on the trim later on but needed to stop the decay and damage. When we replace the roof, we will repaint the trim with a much longer lasting exterior paint.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:03 PM   #17
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And then there was the garage. We got a notice from the city a couple of years ago that the garage had to be removed because it was an "unsafe structure."

Yeah, so send me $$ so that I can hire labor and a dumpster to take it down. I didn't put the damn thing up half-ed.

Okay, fast-forward to 2012 and I decided that I didn't want the thing coming down on me, hubby, the dog, or my shadehouse full of orchids. So one weekend, we decided to take it down.

Here are the photos. And the roof comes down.
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And the walls...and down she goes.
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Now we have to cut the debris up into small pieces for the city to haul away. This is the DIY way...lots of blood, sweat, and tears. Only the money to pay for saws all blades.
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Okay so hubby is working in the kitchen today finishing up the details before we start the granite tiles.

While he is doing that, I want your opinions please. Now that we have the garage down, we no longer have an enclosed back yard.

Since we have a dog (a Min-Pin), I like having a fence so that she can nose around while we are in the shadehouse with the orchids.

Also, we live in an in-between neighborhood so having a secure backyard is nice.

So here is my problem. Our back entrance is in the addition which I guess was intended to be a work room or den off of the kitchen. The entrance is directly off of the driveway but is way back on the property (see the photo).

Because of this, people come right to the back door (our bedroom) which upsets the dog and makes me very uncomfortable. First of all, my parents would have never let me go to someone's back entrance (I consider it trespassing unless it is the mailman or a delivery person).

So I want a fence. I would like a fence to attach to the house, run across the driveway, and attach to the original wood fencing.

I could attach the fence to the addition (which is wood) or I could attach it to the brick.

I think that a motorized fence would be expensive but a nice option (it would have to swing inward and to the left). We would be parking the truck, our only vehicle, inside the fence all the way to the back of the driveway slab.

What do you think? Feasible or stupid idea?
Where do you think I should attach it?
What do you think would go with this style of house? (wood or iron)

It would have to contain the dog when closed.

I have attached some photos of the driveway(sorry, still have garage debris that we are removing).
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The Durock is installed! We will granite tile the countertops this weekend! Yay!
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Here is the final dry fit of the sink. Next is the final layout of the granite tile before starting the cuts.

I can see the light at the end of this long kitchen remodel.

I like this sink way better than the cream color. Plus if we decide to sell, this sink will fit the next owner's appliance choice should they want to change them (it goes with white, stainless, black, or cream).

What do you think? C'mon....any feedback out there?
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I like the sink, never really been fond of cream anything.

I do thing the rosettes and fluted trim under the sill look out of place though.
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I haven't used Durock Gen 2 at all. What did you put between the plywood and your Durock?

Ten years............. you've got patience.

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I haven't used Durock Gen 2 at all. What did you put between the plywood and your Durock?

Ten years............. you've got patience.

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Ten years, two unemployments and almost debt free! Yes, I have learned to have patience.

What's the old saying, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"

I should be superwoman by now.

Okay back to the granite tile layout. Back later.
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Well we didn't get all the tile set but we got some of it done. I think the grain patterns match very well. I spent a ton of time piecing them together to look like they were cut from the same slab.

What do you think? Of course, when we impregnate it, the color will really come out.
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I think you have done an amazing job!
And next time my wife grumps at me for a job not yet completed, I'm showing her this thread.
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looks really good so far!
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Well we almost have all of the granite installed. A few weird cuts that hubby is "thinking" about before cutting. In the meantime, we got the microwave vent hood upper cabinet installed and the last upper cabinet that will be home to all of the great spices that hubby likes to cook with.

I got up early to measure and drill the holes for the microwave. I drilled and cut the exhaust hole and the power cord hole too. I'm getting handy with the multi-tool.
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Here are a few more photos. I measured and cut the holes for the microwave and vent all by myself.

Oh and a couple of pictures of my orchids just for fun. Enjoy.
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