The main goal is to have the house ready to paint before the hot weather gets here. Now I don't want to just slap a coat of paint on it and move on. I want the house to look better than it the day it was originally painted. You know Church it up a bit. In order to get the house to that point it is gonna take some work. Some stuff is just for looks but others are because someone didn't do it right the first time. WARNING there may be a couple rants in this post... People doing a Half-Assed job doesn't set too well with me. I haven't done any DIY projects in a while... well except for the work on my truck. Welp, it's gonna be a big project year at the Splatts house...
I feel as though I am opening a can of worms on this one. Like mentioned before some of what I plan on doing is strictly cosmetic. One of those ~ While you are in there ~ type of things. Like the window for my daughter's bedroom. It faces the west and that is where all the weather comes from. The Sun beats on it and when we get those driving rains, the track gets water in it. The window needs replaced. From what I have seen the easiest, cleanest way to do it is to cut the siding out around the window. Then after the new window is in just add trim around it. Now I can't just have one window with trim around it so the plan is to trim our all the windows with some 2 inch trim. I will just cut out around each window the thickness of the trim, install the trim, and caulk it up.
One thing that always bugs me is when the builder doesn't enclose the soffits. Ya some style of homes look good with the exposed truss ends but most of the time it looks unfinished to me. You see the roofing nails sticking through the plywood and it just looks cheap and half-assed. With the new table saw my wife and kids got me for Christmas, ripping these soffit boards down will be a breeze. Attach a nailer 90 degrees off the facia to the house and install the soffit boards. Oh ya, and the router I recently got will made cutting out holes for the vents a piece of cake. Enclosing the soffits will take away a ton of places for the wasps to make their nests.
"Let's just overhang the shingle a little further and that should work"
It may have worked for a while but eventually the rain isn't making it in the gutters anymore. Well most of it is but all around the house there are places where the water just sneaks right behind the gutters and drips down the facia boards.
See the water marks on the facia?
It would have been much easier to install the flashing at the start, instead of now! I have to remove all the gutters, pry up the shingles, slip the flashing under the shingles and use some sort of roofing sealant/glue to hold them in place. The gutters need to be removed to paint so this might as well be done too. Perfect just perfect...
Then comes the front of the garage, it just looks so plain. I want to add some new light fixtures which is simple to do. Yet the big change will be when I pull off the siding and install some type of wood shingles to the triangle portion above the garage door. I did this at my parents house a while back and it sure did make the house look really nice. It doesn't cost too much and the area isn't that large.
Next comes the back deck. Who ever built this had no idea what they were doing. Honestly I was surprised it held 2 feet of snow on top of it a couple years back. You can go to any of the posts and shake the whole thing with ease. It is a free standing roof, it isn't attached to the house. I would like to attach it to the house, and continue the shingles down to cover the patio as well. Having the clear/tinted corrugated plastic roofing does help bring a lot of light in the house. So somehow I need to maintain a good level of natural light coming into the house. Not only does the roof of the patio need rebuilt, but the wood deck is rotting in a few places.
When the deck was built they didn't overlap the seems. So there is a big seem that runs right down the middle of the deck. It looks terrible. Instead of having to worry about staining the wood and sealing it up, I plan on having a concrete slab poured. I will be able to do all the prep work for the slab, so I will just need to pay someone to pour it and make it all perdy. Then once that is done I can get to rebuilding the whole patio. Oh ya, it's going to be about another 6-8 foot wider on one side and 10-15 feet wider on the other. I want to install ceiling fans and some lights for when we BBQ on those hot summer evenings. I want to somehow have a fire pit built in but that will have to wait.
I am beginning to think I may be biting off more than I can chew... But with the help of my son, @w-splatts, I think we can work at this thing a little at a time and make some good progress. The back patio will be one of the last things because having that covered area during the wet months makes a huge difference. This is going to be a great learning experience for the both of us. I will become a better teacher and learn to have more patients and my son will learn some valuable skills that he can use later in life... or until the next project.