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Fast work

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I learned from Randall’s blog that Google Street View has come to Prince Albert, so naturally I moseyed over to my house.

It turns out that Google filmed my street when I was removing my old siding sometime during summer 2009.  The interesting thing is that if you view the house from the north you’ll see that I’ve only removed a few siding boards.

Street View 1(click here for full Google Street View)

However if you navigate just a few metres east, into the middle of the intersection, you’ll see that an entire wall of siding has been removed.

Google Street View from Northeast(Click here for full Google Street View)

That’s how fast I work.

(I hope to finish installing the new siding sometime next summer).

Update on reno

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Since it’s been more than a month since my last post, I thought I’d better post a picture of the house renovation project.  I set up the camera on a tripod so that I could be in it.  Here’s where things are at as of today.

(Click to enlarge … I’m the one in the background behind the Crasher Squirrel)

Renovation Project with guest


Sunday, July 12th, 2009

This year, our summer vacation plan is to make a dent in a major home reno project, namely to add insulation and new siding to our house.

We picked the easiest wall to start on.  Not only does the west wall have no windows or doors, but it’s quite screened from the street.

So here’s the before picture, taken a week ago.

"Before" picture of west side of house

I really like the appearance of painted wood siding, but we decided that rather than spend money on the needed paint job, we would improve our home’s energy efficiency by adding rigid foam insulation, finishing with vinyl siding.

It’s been a frustrating week, between battling a nasty cold, dealing with rainy weather, and finalizing the purchase of all the necessary supplies.  Some progress has been made, but nowhere near what I’d envisioned (the west side is covered with foam … pictures to come).

And more rain is in the forecast this week.

I’m still hoping to make a significant amount of progress in the next couple of weeks, before I’ll need to return to the office.

Luckily we have a carpenter friend to finish the project off.