Steps taken so far:
- Scrape any old paint that will come off
- New paint colors selected
Steps needed before winter:
- Finish the never ending scraping
- Sand all cedar shingles
- Prime everything
- New PVC window trim
- Flash AC unit
- Correct bad flashing job on porch roof
- Final coat of paint (if this can't happen, we'll need to prime again in the spring)
What we've learned so far:
- Residing a house is expensive! We've priced out DIY options of just stripping the whole house and starting fresh with new shingles but we have red cedar (which are the best you can buy) and the cost to replace would be crazy.
- Don't caulk between every single shingle. Sealing up the whole house with caulk = a house that can't breathe. And a house that can't breathe = bubbling paint everywhere.
- A pressure washer cannot replace human scraping.... bummer.
- You get killer calf muscles when you're on a ladder all weekend.
|The scraping supply bucket: safety glasses, variety of scrapers, bee spray!|
We have a decent routine now for set up, clean up, and take down each night so that we're not spending too much time setting up our work space each day. We'll keep you updated as we progress and what else we learn in the process.