Capizzi Home Improvement has arrived and set up a workspace in the driveway; the contractor who’s doing the siding expects to begin work this morning.
Siding the house – and putting aluminum trim around the windows downstairs – is the cap on a lot of cosmetic (and functional) surgery the house has been getting for the past year.
In 2009 we had the roof replaced. It was an important change for a couple of reasons – one was that the original roof was still on the house, which was built in the late 1980s. It was due for replacement. At that time they also installed new gutters and trim around the upstairs windows.
But the new roof also incorporated a ridge vent to improve air circulation upstairs. It hasn’t negated the need for air conditioners, but it certainly has improved the quality of the air in the upstairs bedrooms.
This year it was time to have the house sided. I’m frankly sick and tired of touching up the paint on the front of the house every year, so I’m delighted to see this done. The vinyl siding will pretty closely match the warm yellow color Bonnie chose for the house when we first had it painted when we moved in. They’re also putting in aluminum trim on all the first-floor windows, replacing the front door, which has rotted near the bottom, and replacing both storm doors, which are also well past their expiration date.
Finally, we’re also having the front steps replaced.
The wooden steps in the front of the house are a bit oversized and somewhat wobbly, and have large, ungainly railings. My bet is that one of the previous occupants of the house was partially disabled – that would explain the excessive use of s-shaped handles on interior doors throughout the house, and might also explain the big railings on the front stairs.
Anyway, the contractor is going to tear that entire thing out and replace it with pre-set concrete stairs that look like cobblestone. It’ll make it easier for me to get the snow off of in the winter time (though I won’t be able to use ice melt or rock salt there anymore).
Once the exterior is done, we can start to think again about the interior. Replacing the rugs with new (wood) flooring, finally finishing my office space with a floor and making some renovations to the family room all top the list.
No shortage of home improvements to make.