Friday, August 19, 2011

Front Porch Renovation

So Matt and I tackled one of our big projects this year.  When we moved into the house, the front of the house had some enormous bushes out front that completely hid the house. 

We had found an incredible deal on a 10-piece patio furniture set so we put the small table and two chairs out front.  But if you sat out there, you couldn't see anything.  Some people might like the privacy.  We didn't.  We like to people-watch.  If we want privacy, we sit out back.  For years we talked about tearing out the bushes out front.  Then they started dying, and we decided it was time to act.  Matt cut down all the bushes himself.  It was hard work, and in the end, we had 30 bags of lawn waste lined up on our front curb.  CRAZY! 

We called a couple of landscaping companies and got some quotes.  The first company that came out...well, it's been over a month, and we still don't have a quote.  Real good business practices, guys!  The second company we really liked.  They gave us a quote within 2 days, and it was a great quote.  So we booked with them.  We got the quote on Tuesday.  They started/completed the project the following Monday and Tuesday.  And we love the work.

We are totally thrilled with the results.  But now that it's done, we realize we want more.  With the new wall up, it is now painfully obvious how much the existing brick/slate wall leans.  And the stairs look like crap now.  So we want to bring them back and have them knock down and rebuild the stairs to match the retaining wall.  We will probably also ask them how much it would be to put pavers on the porch, although that might be overdoing it.  We're thinking next Spring, maybe?

We've been in our house for 4 years and we're just finally getting around to this.  How long did it take you to do your big house projects?

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