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Finally, A Driveway

Despite four months of misery our concrete saga is almost at and end. Our new concrete guy set the forms on Monday.
And poured on Thursday.  Originally I had designed a semicircle sidewalk that created a garden between the garage and yard, but our contractor suggested this instead.  Although I lose the little garden between the house and garage I really like the way this worked out.
Did you notice that gap between the sidewalk and the house?   We are keeping that window well and did not want it to project into the sidewalk so I'm going to turn this into a garden.
And now that the concrete is done, we can go back to to working on the never ending garage project.


Bonus Project - Patio Door

On Monday I posted pictures of our new front door but I didn't mention our unplanned project, the patio door.  Unfortunately since I was not planning to replace the door this weekend I did not take any before pictures.  The best one I could find was an old listing photo. The old wooden door leaked a ton of cold air and the cat figured out how to open it any time she wanted.  It was always surprising to find the door wide open in the middle of winter but the cat obviously was not concerned about pipes freezing.  Anyway, the boys pulled the old patio door out and installed our "new" door. We found this fancy Pella door at Lowes as a special order return.  We picked it up for $300, marked down from $1800 and aside from missing a latch keeper it was in perfect condition and the screen door slides like a dream compared to the old one. The internal blinds are nice for privacy without curtains, but I was really amazed at how much brighter the room is when they are closed it ni…

New Front Door

When we moved in the house had and ugly storm door over an even uglier white metal door that had seen better days.

 I debated painting the door, but decided it just was not worth the $2.97 for a sample pot of paint.  And since the door has to be body slammed to get it open it would just get scratched up anyway.
We knew which door we wanted, the same fiberglass door we used on our house in Butte.  We fell in love with how well fiberglass help up to construction and a giant malamute.  Our previous steel doors tended to dent and scratch but the fiberglass just needed a little cleaning to look brand new.
The only problem is that our door never goes on sale and we just did not want to spend $519.  So we waited and checked clearance at Home Depot for a year with no success.  So when my grandma gave me a 10% off coupon we decided to to just buy the door before winter hit.  We went to Home Depot to pick it up and found exactly what we needed, including the 2x6 jamb with a right hand swing, o…

The Game Plan

Our construction plans for 2014 have really changed.  Between delays getting the concrete poured (our contractor went to jail mid-project) and my broken ankle (out of the cast but still need a cane to walk) we are not going to accomplish everything we had planned for the year.  After a great deal of thought and discussion we have revised our plans and come up with the following goals for the remainder of 2014: Pour driveway and sidewalkDry in garageFrame kitchen addition New roof on house (mandatory, the roof is leaking)Replace doors and windows (hopefully)Replace siding on house (maybe) It's not a long list, but there is a lot to do. Here is where we're at so far: Driveway and sidewalk - Scheduled to be poured on Friday

Garage - Still no roof and a long way from dried in Kitchen addition - Not even started Roof - We cut a hole in it for the porch gable end, but I don't think that counts as progress Replace windows and doors - We have chosen the new door, but for now we ge…