One of the very first projects that I started on the house was replacing the windows and exterior doors as well as adding a bit of siding in place of the wood on the front of the house. Although the house is brick there was a small section in the front that had a wood component. Today I’m going to share with you guys some additional improvements that have been completed recently on the outside. With warmer weather it has been a real joy to begin some of the outdoor projects I didn’t get started on last year. This past winter was an exceptionally cold one here and pretty much eliminated any outdoor work on the house. No worries; I’ve taken full advantage of warmer days and started on several new projects and today I want to share a couple of them with you.
When I first bought the place I knew the driveway needed to be replaced and that I wanted to do something different with the large front porch area. The gate to the car port was dysfunctional and needed to be replaced as well.
A driveway that had seen better days.
I never really liked all this concrete in the front of the house.
This gate had too many structural issues to be repaired so I did complete replacement.
I hired someone to do the concrete work as I knew that I wasn’t skilled enough to attempt a project like this. There is no way I was going to spend the time and money trying to DIY it and end up having cracks in it after the first winter. I love doing these projects myself, but have always known when it’s best to call a pro. I’m very happy with the results:
It no longer feels like I’m going off-road when pulling in my driveway.
Eventually I will have landscaping in the space between the walkway and the house.
I’m very happy with how the concrete work turned out and once I get all the landscaping completed the house will hopefuly have really nice curb appeal. The cost of having all the old concrete removed and the new poured was $2400.00 and marks the last large expense that I have for the place.
I removed and rebuilt the gate myself at a cost of $387.46 for materials in building a 12′ double drive gate. This included 6×6 post, concrete, cedar lumber and hardware. Using all cedar lumber adds to the cost, but helps with the functioning of the gate. Cedar is lighter than treated pine and over time will decrease the chance that the gate leafs will begin to sag. It works great and I really like the arches I cut out of the tops. Debating on if I should stain it or not???
The Stoic is developing mad rehab skills!! 🙂
Next month marks a year since I bought the place and although I have taken my time with the work I’ve made steady progress and learned more than I could possibly convey. It’s wonderful to see things come together, but I think I might be a little sad when it is all done. It’s been a journey that has made me red with anger and frustration at times, but a process that I have ultimately enjoyed. It will definitely be a mixture of joy and sadness when it is complete…