This is my before & after page. Some new photos that show the changes that have taken place over the last couple years. With exception of the roof which was done very affordably by a local Amish company called Hershberger’s, we did all of the work here. Cost of labor was zero unless you count Ace bandages and iced tea.
One of the last major updates to the exterior was the roof. From day one I wanted to redo the exterior in steel. It’s modern, durable and (sometimes) low-cost. Unfortunately, 2007 saw greatly inflated steel prices because of the temporarily-surging Chinese economy and global demand. I didn’t want to put off my siding. Because of the changes and upgrades that were already being done, parts of the house were not sufficiently weatherproof for the winter. For practical reasons I decided to go with vinyl siding. I replaced the gutters and repaired the loose shingles and hoped that it’d be […]
I originally envisioned the outside to be finished in red vertical steel siding, with the roof in silver vertical steel — very barn-like. I got estimates from local siders and roofers and they were all coming in at over $7,000 for the siding and $5,000 for the roofing. That seemed a little steep to me for the Punxsutawney area, but part of what was driving up the price was the high cost of steel this year. I weighed my options and decided, in order to keep the project moving, I’d go with vinyl and install it myself. Also made […]