Shrubs Touching House = Termite Super-Highway

Friday, June 16

"Jack Hammer Plus" team has been working on the yard. A few more trees went down. I didn't want to see them go down, and hoped to build a deck around one particularly attractive tree.  However, it was leaning toward the house, and this house is in a hurricane zone.  Others, such as an enormous m...


Finally Ordered Windows--got a big discount!

Friday, June 16

First bid: $65000 Andersen A seriesSecond bid: $53600 for Andersen Series 400Third bid: $55000 (before tax).  Andersen A series stormwatch windows.  Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!We have decided to tinker with the finish on our window package, with an aim to keep the Andersen Architectural p...


A discussion of surveys with regard to easements and encroaching

Saturday, June 10

Long after our most recent closing, I called to order a survey. Because we didn’t buy with conventional financing, we no longer needed a survey at close of title. However, the neighbors tell me that one neighbor has encroached upon our boundary line. About the time that I made my appointment, the...


Let the Light Shine In

Saturday, June 10

The current remodel has deteriorated single pane double-hung windows.  Many were broken when we bought the house, and water has been coming into the vacant property for years.  We must replace 19 windows and 5 French doors, and since the house is located in the hurricane wind zone of central Flor...


Siding replaced on Space Coast house remodel

Saturday, June 10

My handyman, Lloyd, finished the siding on our current remodel. Here is where we started on the day we bought this house:  The wood siding needed to be removed and the underlayment made sound.  This is the same section of the house with a cement fiber board siding in place. When the dust settles...


Bougainvillea throws a thrilling punch

Tuesday, May 30

Bougainvillea throws a thrilling punch of hot pink around the neighborhood, and landed a knock-out punch on the cheek of our property.  Today, handyman Lloyd came over to repair the siding. Lloyd's mission was to remove the wood damaged by bougainvillea and the resulting water intrusion.  He fou...