Home Renovations

April 21st, 2005 by Ian

We’ve done it now. Last night we hired a contractor to replace the entire outside of our house:

  • Shingles — Charcoal Grey. Dark but not TOO dark
  • Soffits and Eaves — Also a grey. Shelley would have liked to go right to a black, but it never happened.
  • Siding — A light brown vinyl. Here, we have to content with the bricks at the front of the house. They are orangy/red, terracotta colour, and a grey siding would look both dated (grey is SO OUT) and funny.
  • Windows — All the windows except the livingroom and diningroom windows, both of which were quite new.

I won’t tell you what it’s costing because it would nausiate both you and me.
I do have a question though. What should we do with the old cedar siding? Some people say to keep it and try to sell it, saying that you can get a couple hundred bucks for it. My feeling is that we should just get the contractor to “make it go away”. Comments?

3 Responses to “Home Renovations”

  1. Scott Says:

    Wow …. what a project. What is the timeframe for all of this to be done? Anyway; I’d try to keep the siding and sell it on. Even a few hundred bucks can help. Maybe you could get Dylan to market it for a cut of the profit?

    Lets see some before – during and after pictures.

  2. Ian Says:

    It should all be done in about six weeks. The contractor figured the roof would get done first, in the next 2 weeks or so, and the rest would be within 4 weeks of that. End of May at the latest.

    On the “keeping the siding” issue… Some people (Shirley) say keep it and sell it, others (the contractor) say it’s not worth it. What the contractor actually said was that he knows of a company that lets him dump it without charging for it. That’s the best he could do. I have already promised some of it to a friend, but I’m undecided on the selling it off part…like where to put it. What to do with it if I CAN’T sell it…that kind of thing.

    Before, during and after photos and video will be in the works for sure. Since I’ve finally joined the digital photography age, I’ve been documenting EVERYTHING. Heh heh…

  3. Terry Says:

    Of course you COULD use the old siding to make a charming Hudsons Bay boat to float on the Bow River…If you can’t sell it, break it into bits and use in fireplace

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