Bing bing bing!
Did I hit you hard with these photos yet? How about some before and after photos:
The main house front before:
Garage roof before:
The back of the house when we moved in:
And the back of the house today!
Our pipes and vents before, badly rusted and leaking:
And this is how they look today!
The brown trims we inherited before:
And what they look like now:
We chose to paint the trims and soffit with the same bronze color as our gutter, so the gutter can disappear on the fascia. The goal is to have fewer horizontal lines on our one-story ranch house:
And being the same bronze as our front door, we made the front doors look taller. The goal here is to elongate any vertical lines on the exterior (doors, windows, so our one-story ranch looks less flat:
A far cry from what we had before:
This is what the same area look like now:
The gutter contrasts the bricks handsomely:
And even better, we have the same new roof put on our shed as well!
The shed roof came as a nice surprise to us. When we booked the roofers we did not know that their quote includes the shed. It felt like a Christmas in September when they started tearing down the old roof on the shed! Our shed could use a new roof – aside from missing shingles, the plywood sub-roof was rotten:
The roofers torn it to studs and put in all new plywood and underlayment.
And here is our new shed roof today:
We took the opportunity to extend the overhang out from 10″ to 2′, so the firewood stored underneath are better protected from rain and snow:
We do not have anything stored under the overhang on the other side yet. But it gives us options for more firewood if needed.
The new shed roof conveniently completed the phase II for our shed renovation, which is a lot faster coming that we expected after phase I! I almost forgot how bad it was when we bought the house. This is the real before:
Wow, right? Look at this lady now:
As soon as the whole roof work was done, it has been raining cats and dogs for a solid week. The new gutters and our grading around the foundation are doing a great job to direct water away from our foundation. There was not a bit of moisture in any of our new window wells.
We are sooo glad that we have crossed all the things off our long, “water” to-do list before the fall rolls around. It was a long list and we did lots of hard work ourselves. I cannot help but having it here again, just so I can do my “Shift+Alt+D” once again:
1. Replace the leaky roof and gutter
2. Extend the downspouts
3. Getting rid of the front flower bed
4. Correct the sloping issues of the front and back porch
5. Seal the foundation cracks
6. Seal all the exterior holes and gaps
7. Grading around the house
Now, let it snow! We are ready for our first winter in Colorado!