Friday, April 17, 2009

This Old House

As work progresses, I have decided it was a darn shame previous owners did not take care of the "bones". Under the crappy steel siding (yes, steel - magnets clung to it) was an exterior that was most likely quite lovely once upon a time. Good thing I am not in a "historic area" since I am covering those old bones with vinyl.

The top of the house had white shake siding and the bottom boards were a nice shade of green. Had they been taken care of and painted rather than been poorly covered, the deterioration would not have been nearly so bad.

Sad to say, but through a little research, I have learned that the windows do not quite meet the requirements for the energy tax credit. The two important numbers would have to be < or = .30. One of my numbers is .31 and the other is .32. It's o.k. though. They have to be better than what was there.

5 comments:

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

Ah, the joys of home ownership! I'm thinking I should have bought a condo! Hooray for you for spiffing up the neighborhood!!

Themis said...

I'm sure it will look great with the new siding and windows, but can you imagine that house when it was in it's full glory? Beautiful.

Cameron said...

Pry a lot of original hardwood inside (no pun intended). 9 foot ceilings?

EMERGE said...

In a few years our neighborhood will be booming. It would be cool if a bunch of artsy fartsy types started buying up property in this area.

Ramble On said...

East Bluff Arts Colony! I love it! Yes, 9 ft. ceilings and years ago, someone (not me) painted all the old oak woodwork WHITE!