A lot of the work on the Ugg-Duck has been on the interior, with little consideration taken to update the siding and trim.
But if you are a homeowner, you’re probably aware that while you may want to update the inside of the home as much as possible (after all, it’s where you spend your time), other people around you, like your neighbors, would probably prefer you work on the outside.
And insurance companies care, too. I didn’t realize this until I was contacted by my insurance company and they requested that I get some neglected exterior pieces of the house fixed. Specifically, they wanted me to address the area around the chimney:
It’s no secret that I bought an old home from a person who wasn’t physically capable of doing most of the work herself (see this post if you want more info on the woman who used to live here – and what the house looked like when I bought it!).
And no doubt, she probably couldn’t really afford to hire an expert and relied on a friend or family member to do the work for her. I certainly can’t blame her for that, because I do the same thing.
Upper chimney area, “repaired” by previous owner:
Small hole near front window/porch, “repaired” by previous owner:
And like her, I called in for reinforcements when I decided that the exterior could be neglected no longer.
Some of the areas had dry rot or termite damage (which was treated before moving in but not repaired) and needed to be removed entirely before considering new paint/patching.
We had to be careful to remove the pieces that had damage without making the problem bigger (read: more expensive).
In one afternoon, we made considerable headway.
I’m not a tall girl, so painting this high up was a bit difficult, and rain clouds looked like they were closing in. I did what I could with a stucco roller (since those grooves were a bit harder to fill in with a regular roller and contortion is considered mildly unnerving at this height – so not worth breaking something just to get one little groove painted). But it was certainly looking much better!
There are a few pieces that still need repair, but the house is looking a lot better. The paint color will remain the same (we did our best to match it to the original but due to bleaching from the sun, there is a noticeable difference in certain places, which means I have to paint everything over). I’m thinking of painting the trim a lighter color to bring it out more instead of allowing it to blend in to the rest of the exterior. Got any suggestions?
I’ll be starting on the garage paint this weekend in the hopes of taking care of things little by little. The garage is first on the list because it’s a finite area that I can reach without getting on the roof, and I like that it blends in to the house instead of drawing attention. Next will be the small porch area with new paint on the door, too. Let me know your thoughts!