Saturday, November 16, 2019

House Updated / Putting Away The Trailer!

The last place I left off with the update on the house was the garage doors and house #'s. I hadn't been able to take a nice picture because the trailer was covering up half of the garage. Once we got it put away I was finally able to get a good shot of our basically completely new house!! 

I love it! 

And for a fun's what the house looked like on the flyer when it was for sale in 2005! 

Crazy right!!! 

Here's a closer look at the front of the house. Black, white and red brick!  

Here's almost the exact same shot as the new picture. The house is SO dark...especially with that huge tree in the front yard. 

Here's after we had built the fence and painted the house, but before we had the tree taken out. 

And just for fun....let's look at these side by side! 

Night and day! 

And for more's a picture of the old deck vs. the new deck.

Since we bought this house back in 2005 the following things have been done to the outside of the house / yard. 

- Put curbing around the driveway and front yard
- Built a fence
- Had the tree removed in the front yard
- Had new gutters installed twice
- Installed two new front doors
- Painted the house twice
- Had trees removed from the backyard
- Built a retaining wall in the backyard 
- Leveled out the backyard
- Built a new deck
- Built faux covers for the front pillars 
- Installed new garage doors

Insurance paid to have...

- New sheeting
- Earthquake proofing
- New windows
- New siding

That's just the outside! The inside has also been completely redone. The only original items still left inside the house are...the light in the stairway (which I hope to replace this year), the railing at the top of the stairs and the two upstairs toilets. That's it! Everything else has been changed or completely renovated at some point. Totally crazy!!! 

The only reason I was able to get that first picture was because we were able to get the trailer in the garage. Hallelujah! It had been parked in the front of the house for SO long I was so ready to put it away! 

It is most definitely a tight fit, but it does work better now that we rearranged how the garage was set up. The best thing was we were also able to fit my van in the garage!! I did not think we were going to be able to do this so it was a total plus!!! 

Here's how close the trailer is to the back wall. On the left is our big deep freeze. We can't completely open the door all the way, but we can get into it just fine.

One reason we didn't think we'd be able to get the van in is because of my Elliptical. That thing is huge! 

But I was able to figure out how to basically nestle it under the front tongue of the trailer. It was not easy and it's not going to be easy to get it out, but the benefit outweighs the hassle. :) 

When I'm on the Elliptical I have to make sure to keep my feet closer to the front of the pedals so I don't scrap my right heel on the tongue. 

While I'm working out I now get a nice view out the little windows in the garage doors.'s a pretty tight fit!

Even at this point we weren't settled up with the insurance company. We were still waiting for them to deliver all the screens for the windows. That finally happened in mid-November! After 1 year and 9 months we were able to close the wind claim on the house. It felt so nice to be finished and we feel so blessed that God looked out for us in a way that at the time we didn't even know we needed looking after. He is so good!