Several weeks ago, we gave our contractors a hard end-of-September deadline to get the exterior done. We have a large video shoot here at the beginning of October and realistically, it could start snowing at ANY moment here in Idaho and we want to make sure we’re sealed up before the weather turns. Our goal is a contractor-free fall and winter since last year’s was SO INTENSE (sometimes I can’t believe how long we’ve been essentially living with contractors) and we’re cautiously optimistic we’re gonna get there.
(Above are the initial Exterior design renderings. Read more about them here)
There is a lot A LOT going on inside right now– but for the sake of word count and sanity, this list is just what’s left to do on the Exterior THIS MONTH. (keep your fingers crossed)
This was the first time we wrote this all out and I’m trying to be hopeful but not feeling very confident to be honest. Haha. The good news is we are managing SEVERAL different groups of contractors for this project. The roofers, painters, masons, landscapers (that will install the paths), siding crew and general contractors–not to mention the electricians, plumbers, sheet rockers for the bathroom that are also happening right now) ARE ALL working simultaneously but separately on their projects which helps. If it was one group of contractors doing this entire list, I don’t think we’d have a chance. But because everyone is kind of working on their thing at the same time (while we try to keep it all straight–send prayers!) maybe there’s a chance. There’s totally a chance.
Even when this is all done, I should note–our exterior won’t be completely complete. There’s one remaining original window left in the house in the kitchen and even though it was so tempting to swap it out we KNOW the location and size and everything will change when we fully renovate our kitchen (hopefully next year). The side entry door will likely also shift with that renovation so our plan is to make them work for now (I think I’ll spray paint the exterior of the window even!) and revisit those areas next year. This was a hard decision, but the snowball effect was already going so strong on the exterior that there was no way we wanted to live with a dismantled kitchen or mudroom for the next 6-8 months. So that’s why the kitchen window is still there. And we’re not swapping out the side door for a dutch door quite yet and the railing is going to stay the same for a little while longer. As much as we’re pushing for an “after” by October, in reality, this house will always be a work in progress.
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