This is long, so fair warning!

There were squirrels living and birthing in the siding all over the house when we bought it.  This place was like a ginormous hunk of cedar swiss cheese, and we had the utility bill to prove it.

…and trees needed trimming….

Waking up at 5 a.m. every morning to the sound of gnawing wood right by your head made the whole family tired and cranky. We spent our first 6 months on ladders patching the holes with hardware cloth and foam insulation.  No matter.  They would chew through again overnight.  We sprayed the house with hot chili solutions…nope.   We just couldn’t stop them.  It was war.

Our weapon of choice…METAL. (All posts related to the siding project can be found HERE.)

The entire house was wrapped on top of the old cedar for extra insulation, plus cedar doesn’t rot. Replacing the cedar with OSB would not only have doubled the cost, but could rot if ever there was a leak between layers.

Then it was time to address the hazardous front steps.  The rotted timbers had provided a refuge for chipmunks, rat snakes and the like.

Mud, mud, everywhere…..

So now we have new concrete steps…but no way to get to the front door…..

With no other access…the pea gravel patio had to be hauled up bucket by bucket.  Just about killed me.

We also built decks connecting the 2 back entrances in an “L” shape.

Then we replaced the old railing with the hog panel we used in the front, and moved/rebuilt steps over to center on the doors and make them wider.

Then we added Camp Vågö, a little firepit area just below the deck.

…..and some string lights for ambiance…..

Next up…repainting the back doors.  We painted them when they were first installed and the cedar was still on the house.  The two browns don’t work…gotta change that. We’ll probably just paint it the same color that we painted the window trim.  Stonehenge Greige by Porter. If you made it this far…well done..you deserve a cocktail.

6 thoughts on “Exterior

  1. jen

    Hey! I love your reno….just wondering what siding you used? how did you decide to go with such a dark colour? Very brave and it looks like it paid off! beautiful!

    1. ModFruGal Post author

      Thanks Jen! Details on the siding are on the FAQ http://modfrugal.com/f-a-q/ and on the link in this page. It is Galvalume and we chose a the dark brown so as to blend in with the deciduous trees the surround the property.

  2. Allison

    Hi there!
    I love your place – the best part about renovations is making it YOURS!
    Who makes those amazing chairs in the last photo – the wire chairs with the triangular bases?
    Also, are you happy with your little cube table that illuminates at night?
    If so, where did you purchase that?

    1. ModFruGal Post author

      Thanks Allison! The wire chairs are vintage IKEA, described here: http://modfrugal.com/2010/12/chairaholic/

      The light cubes (I have 4 now) had to be retrofitted to use regular batteries rather than the solar rechargeable ones, they stopped holding their charge after a couple of years and I actually prefer being able to simply turn them on and off when I need them. I purchased them at Lowe’s about 4 years ago, but have not seen them since. Love them.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kathryn Jarboe

    Love what you’ve done with the reno. Particularly fone of the circular cement papers. Wasn’t able to see any instructions/tutorials on how to construct them. Can you help? Thanks in advance.


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