The door below won't be used for quite a while, so we have bared it off. It's paint was in such horrible condition (like the entire house) that paint was hanging in strips and the bare wood was showing. scrape and painted--check!
Please excuse the painting outfit--hideous I know.
"Front" of house facing North.
Here is a closer picture of the West facing side of the house-bared off door is easier to see. Eventually the deck (right side of the picture) will extend out to the depth of the sunroom (see picture windows on left side of photo).
The area directly under the bared off door will be a shade garden with a large retaining wall. The shade obviously supplied by the deck that will go over it.
South side of the house. The darker section of the deck will be torn down next summer when we extend the deck out to the end of the sunroom (left side of photo).
The current deck is stable, but old and we would like our stairs to match the actual deck--wouldn't you?
Note the gate Randy added to the top of the stairs.
Sorry about the "stored" items under the deck. Hopefully we will build a "shed" out of this part of the deck next year? Still chewing on that one.
We are going to re-grade this entire section of the yard, so until then I apologize foe the poor landscaping.
The landscaping will continue to this side of the house as well. Someday, after we win the lotto, we will build an addition where the ladder is located. This will be a much larger master bath. The two rooms on the end will be joined into one large room. Currently the master is on the right and the boys room is the left window and the window where the ladder is sitting.
On to the second project. Randy and I woke early and attacked the septic. As mentioned in a previous blog, I located the cracked pipe and dug a couple trenches to help drain off water/sewage to expose the cracked pipe.
We ensured all of the access points and pipes between were cleared and tested water flow. Of course we returned the snake without taking pictures-I'm a dork or perhaps I just decided I had enough crap to deal with--ha!
Here is my handiwork at filling in the trenches.