If you’re new here, you may not be aware that we have rental property. We actually own four pieces of real estate, our own home, our previous home that was ruined by a fire and two rental properties. One of the rental properties is completely renovated and now rented. That’s the Missouri house, which I showed before and after pictures of here. And then there’s the Etheridge house. We introduced it here and then gave you some updates here and here.
During my first trimester, I basically didn’t lift a finger. For like 9 solid weeks I didn’t do jack, Jack! I was so sick and so tired that most days I would come home from work and just go to bed. It sounds pretty pathetic, but I am creating a human inside of me, so I guess that’s a good excuse.
In the last little while though, there has been some progress at the house… but it was work that was hired out. First off was the leveling of the house. It was so “jacked up” before. When you walked out of the house, you felt kind of like you had sea legs. Come to find out, a lot of the original blocking (as J.C. called it) under the house was done incorrectly and just got worse over time. I don’t have any pictures of the process or work because it was all done under the house… and this chick AIN’T getting under the house, mkay?!
And did I mention that when they leveled part of the house, the whole front bathroom had to be ripped out? Yeah, that means a whole new bathroom. But it’s not THAT big of a deal. The bathtub is ceramic or cast iron or is that the same thing? I think with a good scrubbing, it will look brand new.
Now that the base of the home was solidified, it was important to get the leaky roof repaired… or should I say replaced. Back in December we hired that out as well. Here’s are the before pictures.
You probably can’t see the extent of the damage in these photos to the actual roof but the fascia boards are definitely in need of replacing… and you should be able to see that. Here’s what the house looks like now:
Ok, so you probably can’t tell a lick of difference but there is a new roof that doesn’t leak and the old, rotten fascia boards were also replaced as needed. It’s kind of hard to take a picture of a roof, ya know?! The color is a lot like the old roof, a rusty color. It looks very nice and I can sleep better at night knowing that there won’t be any water leaking in when it rains.
One of our March Hopes was to get some work done over there… and boy have we ever?! We bought an industrial sized paint sprayer and J.C. has gone to town on two bedrooms and the main living areas. It all look so much better!! I’ll be sharing some of the progress that we’ve made over there very soon!
So, have you ever had to have your roof replaced? Talk about expensive… but it’s one of those necessary evil home maintenance items that cannot and should not be ignored. We knew going in that this place would need a new roof so it’s not like it came as a surprise. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below! Talk to you soon!