We've officially been in our house for a decade now. I find that hard to believe since we moved in just the other day. Time really does fly when you're having fun. Funny thing about our house, we needed new siding when we moved in. A decade ago. My husband is good at doing pretty much anything that he puts his mind to and he put his mind to replacing siding. One wall at a time.....with several years in between walls. I am not complaining. You do not hear me complaining. I am eternally grateful that I am not out there siding this freakishly tall house. You will recall several years ago we rented scaffolding and the hubby resided the east wall. HERE is the link. You can ask Sean, that was probably one of his least pleasurable projects he's ever accomplished. So after that wall we redid the siding on the back of the house because we had to, before putting on the new deck, last fall. Half the house has been resided. That is as much siding as Sean wants to do. For the rest of his life. So I called up a local company specializing in siding replacement. I mean seriously how much could it cost to put new siding on the house?
Siding dude comes out last week. He gets here in the evening after hubby gets home from work. He talks a lot. He talks about walnut trees, guns, dogs and a little bit about siding. After a walk around the house he starts measuring and calculating square feet. All the while talking. He's here for 3.5 hours. He informs us that cement fiber board siding is bad stuff. Lots of class action law suits. Apparently it's a bad product according to him. He tells us we need to buy his top of the line resin/stone product that is gorgeous. I am totally sold on it's sheer awesomeness until he tells us it will run $32,000. Hahahaha! I wish I was kidding. We then asked what it would cost to reside the half of the house with the same wood siding that is already on it. Just half the house. That would run $15,500. He tried to talk us out of the wood siding because it only lasts 7-10 years according to him. We talked about it after he left and decided we'd have to sell a kidney or two or three to make either of those estimates a reality. I'm not willing to refinance the place and go back up to 15 years. No way man.
So as I write this I'm listening to the sounds of hammering as Sean is pounding in nails to the new siding above the garage. I think we're doing it ourselves. Heck the money saved might just allow Sean to replace the corvette with a newer one. I think that's pretty good motivation.
Funny story. I'm in the truck on Friday on my way to Lowes to buy siding. I had just dropped off Greta at preschool and was half way to the store and I started feeling strange. I felt buzzed. Like I had drank a beer. I'm no drinker, I'm lucky it I have one alcoholic drink every 6 months. I started thinking about what I had consumed in the past hour. I had eaten a turkey sandwich, an apple and tried a new tea I purchased from the natural grocery store in town. I had the misfortune of having my very first kidney infection last week and was on a round of antibiotics to cure it. I was shopping around for some good probiotics to take while on the round of antibiotics and found that Kombucha tea is very helpful in restoring good flora to your gut. I drank half that bottle of tea and found myself a little bit drunk....while driving. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so frightening at the time. I turned around and got myself home as safely as possible. Turns out there is a bit of alcohol in the tea that is created from the fermentation process. And I sure felt it! I'm such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol. I'll remember to only drink that tea when I don't plan on going anywhere from now on.