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This old house needs new shutters. These are on the second floor windows:

These are on the first floor windows:

These are solid wood and they are working shutters; they can be closed to cover the windows.


1) Replace all with vinyl shutters (these do not close). Lowe’s has them in stock for $50 per pair, or

2) Replace all with wood shutters. Lowe’s has these for $400 per pair, painted.

We were shocked by the price difference and thought hard about the vinyl. After much thought and input from friends, we were leaning towards wood.  Upon further inspection of the existing shutters, Hubby decided some of them could be salvaged.  The kicker?   They have three raised panels (20/40/40) and have to be special ordered, so we chose option 3:

3) Salvage some and replace with rest with wood raised panel shutters from an internet company. They cost $200 a pair, primed with free shipping. The company can be found here. They are going to be delivered today. I am hoping to salvage the hardware from the old shutters. I wonder how much it will cost to paint them?


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The foundation is done, the new roof is finished and the outside painter is coming on Monday.

Too many leaves

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I was thinking about this video as I was looking out the bedroom window at the carport roof.

My roofer said they don’t do “dead level” roofs  anymore because the debris lands on them and just stays.

Time to climb out of the window (which I’d much rather do than get on a ladder) and clean it off.

This is what it looked like before:

And this is what it looks now:

I hope I don’t get blisters. Maybe next time I’ll use the blower.


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My plumber asked me why the the electric meter looks new:

Funny story, that. A few months ago the electric company called me:

Them: “We went out to read your meter and it wasn’t there. We think somebody stole it.”

Me: “Really?”

Them: “Yep. You need to go inside and turn off the main breaker before we can replace it.”

Me: “Do you mean the thief could have gotten electrocuted?”

Them: “Yep.”


Kitchen floor dilemma

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Now that I’ve made some progress on the exterior, I’m turning my attention to the interior. I had the kitchen torn out some time ago- all that’s left is a yucky old vinyl floor.  I have someone coming to remove it.  The rest of the house has hardwood floors. Hubby wants to put down tile as he thinks it would be impossible to match the new floor to the old.  I see his point, I just don’t like tile in the kitchen.

^^Yucky old vinyl floor.

So, Readers: What do think, hardwood or tile?

Exterior Progress

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Okay, so I had a few stressful days coordinating work on the exterior- the foundation guys needed water to mix the cement. No water! The plumber was called, the lockbox wouldn’t open and he couldn’t get in. Next up, newbie that I am, I had the roofer scheduled to be there at the same time men were under the house, not good. They were able to shift the work around to accommodate the roofer. Thanks guys!

Construction materials:

There were cracks in one outside wall that had to be repaired. Since the mortar needs time to “cure” or “set” I had to push back the exterior painter until the 14th.

^^The darker areas are the new mortar.

And now, I am the proud owner of a new roof!

New Roof!

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