House...porch needs a cleaning.

House...porch needs a cleaning.

Our house is pretty much finished….on the outside. There will never be an end to fixing this or that with an old house…and even on some new houses. Its an expected responsibility in home ownership. More so on an aging home. We are very pleased with our progress so far. We are very thankful for all the help that has been given to us from various freinds and family. Enjoy the pictures of the progress.

Before
Before
chimney tear down
chimney tear down
Chimney goes up
Chimney goes up
Beginning new roof
Beginning new roof
Freinds on roof
Freinds on roof
Siding comes off...insulation goes on
Siding comes off…insulation goes on
Frank Starts the new siding
Frank Starts the new siding
Back of house done
Back of house done

Cluttered Mudroom

Cluttered Mudroom

This actually should be titled “Mud Room Clean- up”. But  I will stick with Part 1 instead. As you can see, our mudroom has accumulated with a lot of “stuff”. It is just an easy room to toss stuff when it needs to be hidden, or if there is work going on inside the house and you need to clear out a room, or for those things that you don’t want to get rid of but have no where else to put it…”just put it in the mud room” is the most common phrase for all those situations. So you get what we have here.

Our plan is to clear this room out and then bust out our family room wall into the mud room and finish off the mudroom. But first the daunting task of clearing out the mudroom. I was a bit overwhelmed when I went in to the mudroom this afternoon to start. The question that immediately popped into my mind was “where do I start?”

If I can quote Maria from The Sound of Music without losing any manliness by doing so, “Let’s start start at the very beginning! A very good place to start!”

I will keep you up to date with my progress.


Well, the Fall has come and gone. Yet the project continues on our house. I have enlisted the help of a friend to keep progress going faster. He really has done a good job and thought of many solutions to things that I would have struggled with.
We ended up using Alcos’s Mastic line of siding. So far it seems to be handling quite well despite the cold temperatures here in Northern Pennsylvania!
Frank putting up the siding.

We had to replace three windows due to where the old windows were and the new roofing that will go on. We also replaced one other window and added one in the bathroom. These were windows that I had bought at an auction about 2 years ago and was just waiting for the right time to install them. Frank did them all in a snap!

House from road

Back of house.

Now just the front gable end, and some soffit  are needed, then the rest of the roof can go on the lower roof area. Can’t wait!

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