Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.0

This week house renovations started at my place, so I thought I'd document the process for Friday Night Photos. I live in the part of Salt Lake called Sugarhouse, in a little bungalow type house built in 1912. I bought the house in 1988, and in 96-97 I had the inside completely gutted and remodeled. Now it's beautiful inside, but as you can see from this "before" photo, the outside needs help. Time for house renovations version 2.0!

The contractor is starting with the front porch, which will be completely torn off and replaced with a new one, with the floor made of Trex decking. I won't miss the awful cement steps which stay covered with ice all winter!

I did paint the house once, but now my shingles are in such bad shape that this time I'm getting James Hardie siding, which really gives a great look on old houses like this. (If you want to click that link and see the color, I'm going with the smooth siding in Mountain Sage, with white trim. The house has a black roof and the porch and new back decks will be gray.)

One side has the old shingles torn off and new weather-guard in place, ready for siding. BTW, that strip of dirt you see next to the house is a semi-shady spot where I've grown arugula some years.

Finally, these old porch railings have had people of all ages sitting on them at parties through the years, but for several years now they've been too wobbly to sit on. It will be so nice to have a good party porch again.

The new porch and siding are only the beginning of the project. In the back of the house where my garden is, I'm adding a two-level deck with a new section of roof to cover part of it. There are also several new sidewalks, a skylight, and some less exciting things like a new water line, and replacing a section of my sewer line. Stay tuned for more updates. And I'm trying hard not to think about how long all this is going to take.

(If anyone is interested, you can see my whole set of House Renovations Photos on Flickr.)

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32 comments:

  1. oh, house renovations are so exciting! Thank goodness the inside is done already; you can hide inside and pretend the other work is finished! :D

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  2. You have quite a lot of work ahead, but it's going to look fantastic when it's all done. And you'll have your party porch back. :-)

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  3. Thanks for photographing -- it's going to be such fun to watch the progress of this project, and to celebrate with you at its completion!

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  4. you have such a sweet looking house. congratulations on going for some more updates! porch parties will be worth the noise you are enduring. how exciting!

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  5. Fabulous to let us follow along on this! I really enjoy re-doing - appreciate the headaches during but the rewards are thrilling. Love the party porch!!

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  6. Good lord, you have been busy. A wonder you can blog at all! i feel ya on the sickness -- i've been sick forever ... can't seem to get over it. But yes, the blog is alive :)

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  7. Anita, it is fun isn't it? Not doing the kitchen though; I'm sure you remember it well.

    Andrea, thanks. Cannot wait for the new porch, plus the back decks will be good for photos!

    Lydia, that will definitely be a huge celebration!

    Renee, thanks. It's a tiny house, but I do love it.

    Tanna, I hope it doesn't get too boring, because I'm guessing this project will last a long time. Maybe I can sneak in a few photos of the inside of the house!

    Vanessa, so happy to see your blog pop up in the feed reader! It's the Utah winter sickness I guess. I'm so tired of it, two weeks+ for me now. But I'm finally getting a little better.

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  8. Someday when I grow up, I want a house like yours. Lots of charm, not too big and renovated the way I want. I will bet it is loads of fun to plan out the colors and stuff. Jealous jealous me...

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  9. Rookie Cookie, don't forget I've been teaching school for a looooooong time to get a house this good (and money for renovations.) And it's a tiny little house too.

    It is definitely fun though. I love being able to make it just the way I want it!

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  10. Ohhh, that will be just beautiful. Not that it's not already. I love old houses. I'm just getting a new kitchen floor and I'm excited.........lol
    I do miss having a porch though.

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  11. Wow, I love your house! It is so pretty! I love that style. I can't wait to see the renovation as it takes place. Looking forward to it.

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  12. How fun (for us to see)! Can't wait to see the final "product". Love SLC!

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  13. Carole with an "e" in NYCNovember 15, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Wow you are so brave to start this big project just before the holidays and at the beginning of winter. Here's hoping they are all gone when you start to plant your gardens in the spring. Good luck. House is adorable and will be even better after all the work you are planning. Keep posting the photos. And I agree with a previous poster, where do you get all the time to do everything you do? Feel better.

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  14. What an adorable house! Good luck with all of your renovations. I know what a pain it can be. I'm sure it will be so worth it! Can't wait to see the end result!

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  15. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL THE RENOVATIONS. BY THE WAY I LOVE YOU BLOG I STARTED THE SOUTHBEACH DIET 3 MONTHS AGO AND YOU BLOG HAS HELPED ME ALOT. THANKS, TINA-ALABAMA

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  16. Such a cute house - its going to look fantastic once you finish the work outside!

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  17. Wow! That's some serious work there, but so worth it. There's nothing like a welcoming porch!

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  18. Thanks everyone. Believe me, I would have loved to get this started sooner, but you have to do it when the contractor can come! Hopefully it will be done without too many breaks for snow days.

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  19. Your house looks just like I thought it would, or at least the renovations will make it look like I thought. Love the mountain sage and white -- yes, I did go look the color up! LOL

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  20. Kalyn, I love your house. Those Bungalows are my favorite style--so cool! Congrats on the new porch and siding. You'll feel like you have a new house.

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  21. How do you find the time??? Teaching, blogging and a remodel too! I'm impressed...

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  22. Kalyn, I love your house! Please show some pictures of the inside!

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  23. Oh yes, I'll definitely show some photos of the inside at some point in this process. And for those who are wondering how I can do everything, it's actually kind of sad but I never have time to watch TV, read a book, or even go to the movies. This is why I MUST retire, so I have time to have some fun again.

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  24. I love bungalow houses! It's the one thing I miss from the Midwest. We went to St. Petersburg last year and were so excited to see bungalows that DH and I just drove around looking at all the different houses! I can't wait to see the final result (and I enjoy watching the work in progress too).

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  25. What fun, Kalyn! I can't wait to learn more.

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  26. How exciting...really cute house.
    will be about perfect when your done.
    Thanks for the pictures.

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  27. Your house is so cute! I love that style of house. There's something very charming and cozy about it.

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  28. Ooh! I can't wait to see it when it's all done. I bet it's going to look gorgeous!

    I love remodeling...I'm a sucker for HGTV.

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  29. You live in a place called Sugarhouse? How *sweet* is that? I can't wait to see the improvements. How exciting!

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  30. For anyone who's wondering, this part of town is called Sugarhouse because back in the late 1800's there was a sugar factory here. So it really is sweet! (BTW, the entire porch is now gone.)

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  31. House renovations.... Yep, I can relate... As I sit here in an empty room while mon mari stains ceiling boards....
    I love your house, now I want to see the inside.
    Sorry I missed the big 3 celebration but without only internet cafes for 2 months it's been a challnge. I'm slowly dipping my toes back into the online world....

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  32. Oh Katie, no worries. I absolutely knew why you didn't participate. Nice to see you back!

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