It is my delirious duty to report that the family digs at 16 Fairview Drive are no longer emblazoned with the word Tyvek all the around the outside and back again.
No siree, we’re talkin’ siding. Steel siding. Sand castle hued steel siding.
It’s been a long time coming, but with the help of folks like son Aaron, Gene McElhinny of Kearney and Harry Miller and his crew here in town…the deed is either done or will be soon. We came up a few boxes short and the extra siding could be here literally any minute. In fact, I’m writing this column from home while waiting for the truck right now (Wednesday late morning). With any luck Harry’s boys will be back to slappin’ siding yet today.
The project at 16 Fairview Drive has included ripping up very dated carpet to find lovely hardwood floors resting beneath, effectively untouched, unwalked on, unspilled on and unpiddled on for decades. We had them touched up and Good Wife Norma’s 1950s wood floors look brand new.
A new countertop in the kitchen, a new tile floor and wall coverings came early in the process. Same for a new sink, raised vanity, lighting, floor and wall covering in the bathroom. Toss in a light fixture here, a couple ceiling fans there and new paint throughout and that about covers the inside.
The big deal outside was stretching a single, attached garage to a triple. It serves as a triple for us because we have a Ranger pickup and a tiny little two-seater Toyota MR2. If we had a big ‘ol 3×4 ton crew cab truck and a full sized sedan we’d be in trouble, but we don’t so we’re not. The happy upside of a slightly undersized two-holer is that now I’m required to own a small sports car more or less forever.
So I’ve got that goin’ for me, which is nice.
A new roof was necessitated by hail and that’s long-since replaced. Son Aaron scored us a great bargain that made a shingle upgrade to the heavy duty models possible. He also came up with new widows all the way around that we could afford, then took charge of installing them, too.
Sit tight for a minute while I run outside. The truck just pulled up out front. Be right back …
It’s unloaded and I’m back. Thanks so much for your patience.
Once son Aaron gets the gutters and downspouts installed and we figure out a retaining wall and some landscaping, we’ll be pretty much done … except, of course, for getting it paid off.
How much? Way less than it should have been, thanks again to son Aaron.
(Note to York County Assessor Ann Charlton: If you happen to be listening in, we fully expect our valuation for taxes to go up once we’re done. Fair is fair, after all. Trying to be ever helpful, GWN and I crunched some numbers. It looks to us like $67.50 should be about right.)