Spring Yard Progress and Is a House Ever Done?

4.12.2019

While some of the country has had a return of winter weather we are enjoying some pretty nice days here in the south. Bad thing is these nice days will soon turn to very hot and sticky days and I DO NOT like that at all. I love spring and the return of leaves on the trees and green grass. Less than two weeks ago I shared what our yard looked like after a weekend of doing some yard work which you can view here and today I'm sharing how quickly it has changed plus some things that aren't looking very good on the house.



When I shared this newly planted Japanese maple tree the leaves were just beginning to bud and it's like an explosion took place because look at it now. Bam, it's lush and full of pretty leaves.

Just the other day these knockout roses weren't doing very much and then I looked and saw all these little buds. 

Don't let what you see fool you. From a distance the house looks fine, but when you get up close it's a little sad.

There are many spots of rotten wood on the house.

This large hole is by our master bedroom. I hope no critters moved in.

Gutters are full and just plain nasty. 

Mildew is everywhere and some of the window frames on the back of the house have also rotted.

We even have missing gutters.

The lirope or monkey grass as we call it was barely above ground and now look at it.


Is a house ever done? No, of course not and there's always lots of upkeep. We built this home in 1995 doing much of the work ourselves and Mr. Savvy and I are normally the ones who do all the upkeep, but I think I have finally convinced him that it's time to let other people handle some of these big jobs. I told him I don't want him up high on a ladder anymore and he agreed so we have a crew coming to fix all the damaged wood, replace the gutters and paint all the trim. I'm looking forward to the white trim being toned down just a bit. Somehow a few years ago Mr. Savvy went to the paint store and bought the white paint right off the shelf with no colorants added. Yep, so our trim is so stark white and it has bugged me for quite some time. Thank goodness I get to choose the color this time which will be White Dove by Benjamin Moore.



I sure hope everyone gets some spring weather soon and enjoy the weekend!

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13 comments:

  1. A friend told me some years ago that one ends up having to deal with most major home maintenance every 20 years or so, so, clearly, you've reached and have gone past that point by a few years. I applaud your decision to let others do the more challenging work for you both - you've certainly earned that at this point, and your house still looks lovely. And, no, alas, it's NEVER done, but it's the price we pay to live and enjoy our homes as we are far luckier than so many who cannot.

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    1. This will be the third time fixing and painting the outside. When we built the house we had the outside professionally painted and in less than three years it had to be done again because the first job was not done correctly. Sometimes painters water down the paint. :(

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  2. Your yard and plants are looking great! Glad you convinced Mr. Savvy to have someone else get on that ladder!

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  3. I love your home, its truly a classic style. The stone work is beautiful. We moved to Florida five years ago and it’s been steady projects ever since. Everything is green here all the time including the trim, window frames and the pool surround, lol.
    Have a great weekend!

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  4. Our home is very close in age and like you we built. As we were thinking this would be our last house (who knows?!) we built with that in mind. No more than 2 steps in the house or coming into house. Maintenance free as we could get. We received good advice about low maintanence. Brick. Most trim is clad in vinyl. Very little painting required outside (shutters, doors, etc.). Now with all the rain this winter/early spring (which has paid off as everything is sooo lush and beautiful!!), hubby has been cleaning gutters alot. Because of our roof pitch, we cant use gutter guards, but there is a new product we are going to check into. Good you are going to have someone else do the big jobs.

    Our japanese maples are gorgeous also. They are one of our first trees to bud out. We have been adding some creeping phlox and periennels the last few weeks. Love having my yard full of blooms. I don't do knock-outs, but our roses are starting to bud. LOVE this time of year, it's truly my favorite. I am in AWE of God's beauty all around us. Have a great weekend! We are hoping the weather holds out today so we can go and enjoy the dogwood trails and then a new to us restaurant.

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    1. Tina, I would be interested in reading about the new product you mentioned regarding cleaning gutters, not using gutter guards, etc. We have a vacation home in Florida, and the neighbor's pine tree hangs over our gutter, keeping it filled with pine needles. We have the hardest time finding someone who will get on the roof of a 3 story house to clean out the gutter! Thanks! Mildred(granmil@comcast.net)

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  5. You all have learned the lesson of hiring professionals much quicker than my husband. We are older than you (73) . My husband had to injure himself, suffer through a lot of pain and rehab before he admitted to being to old. This just happened recently so we’ll see if he sticks to it.�� I on the other hand am fine hiring my housework done. Because of my breathing issues and allergies I had to give up. At our age you finally have to accept it.

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    1. Nancy, sorry about him getting injured. My husband is 69 so not so far behind.

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  6. Kim,
    You and Mr. Savvy should consider checking into gutter guards. We had them installed about 7 years ago and it really has been a life saver as I didn't want my Mister on high ladders anymore either. Our house is about the same era as yours and we had to have some rot (siding) replaced some years ago on the north side of our house. Rot is not a houses friend and can lead to bigger problems if not taken care of.

    You are right its never done as far as a house is concerned no matter how low maintenance the materials are. One other thing I might suggest is that we had a problem with moisture on the sheetrock on our covered front porch ceiling. It just wouldn't hold paint because it stayed damp all the time. We finally had it covered with vinyl and haven't had a problem since.

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    1. We are going to get guards for sure. Yes, lots of upkeep and the prices we are getting are so high, but it has to be done. He hates paying others to do what he knows how to do, but it's time to let others do it. I want him around after he retires.

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  7. Hi Kim,
    You are smart to hire someone to fix all the issues outside on the house. Not worth Mr. Savvy getting hurt. Happy Friday. Have a nice weekend.
    Kris

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  8. My hubby is the same way...he can do most anything so he really hates to pay someone else. The only thing he doesn't bark about is when something requires heights now. You are right about prices....UNREAL!

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  9. Your home is beautiful. Last summer I had my home professionally pressure washed. The results were stunning. It looks like a brand new house. I am a new widow and my husband would never have agreed to this. He thought we should be able to do everything ourselves. Happy you convinced your hubby to hire pros. You want him around a long time.

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