Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Now that I have shown some selected photos of the interior of our house - well decorated, tastefully designed, thank you very much (Kiera)...there is the curiosity that is the outside (and underbelly) of the house. It is this subject to which I now turn my attention, and the amount of work that lies ahead. I will start with the exterior. To wit, a photo worth at least 1,000 words:

From Our New House


What can I say about this 80s vinyl siding and choice of color scheme for the crappy faux blinds? I mean...fuckin' TEAL?!

Our doorway:

From Our New House


Upon closer inspection you shall find the current 30 amp electrical service connected to the house.

From Our New House


Now, for what will be the up-to-date 125 amp service once PG&E gets around to changing out the transformer for the neighborhood and bringing the line over:

From Our New House


What else do we learn from the above photo? Well, we already knew the house was originally stucco. What we DIDN'T know, and took a leap of faith on based on the inspector's best guess, was what the true condition of the stucco underneath would be. In order to attach the new electrical service, our electrician had to remove a section of the siding. He was the bearer of good news: "Looks like all you need is a good patch 'n paint job." He knew of some guys. They probably would have come in that afternoon, that's how the market is these days. Anyway, to remove some additional bits of the siding to expose the left side here...

From Our New House


...and another view:

From Our New House


...and to patch, paint (matching current paint on the, um, siding), haul all of that crap away, etc. cost us $300. Our inspectors, based on their survey underneath, had said that this area here showed the most dryrot...no major pest issues, etc. But the stucco here seems ok. In fact, most of the patching was for the damage that was done by the idiots who put on this siding in the first place.

It's not just a matter of us hating the siding, it's a matter of how it was put on and the potential for water to get in from the top, and get trapped further down. If this is the worst of it potentially, then we're in good shape. Guess who has a major project starting mid-late August? What goes up must come down!

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