Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Wrapping Up Summer Projects, Part 1

There are a number of small projects we tackled this summer which, taken together, practically complete the exterior restoration of the Retro Ranch! 

Early in the year we finished the attic project, read more about it here. Part of that project was electrical work which included lighting in the eaves. We had the electricians install LED lights (matching the trim to the existing front door light) over the garage, by our new address plaque and by the little bedrooms at the front of the house, to lovely effect. I regret that we don’t have a good before picture, but you can get the idea.

Scott spent a weekend this summer finishing the painting on our covered patio. The wall and ceiling needed a second coat of paint and cut in work around the trim. I had been looking for the right artwork to hang on the brick wall over the mantel in the patio area. I found a vintage, signed C. Jere metal sculpture on eBay, which Scott gifted me for my birthday. I love the way it picks up the light and brightens the brick. 

Shortly thereafter, I found the perfect light to replace the jelly jar light on the patio. We have spent numerous evenings on the patio this summer, enjoying the sunset, the breeze and the glow of the patio lights.

Scott repainted the front doors in August, read about that project here. Final touches for the front door were installed last week, a narrow brass trim at the bottom to help secure and prevent further damage to the laminate. And with that addition, the exterior restorations are complete. We are, however, far from finished yet this fall. We’re still working in the yard and will post Part 2, The Landscape Chronicles in the next week.