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10 years later . . .

This coming August, we will have lived in our house for 10 years. When we bought this house, we knew we needed new windows . . . so we bought them and had them installed :-) All but 4 anyway. We had grand plans for the room with the other 4 windows in it! We also had plans for other parts of the house, which Hubby and I dutifully ranked on our own, then ranked as a couple, then priced, then re-ranked.

#1 on my list after windows? Stucco.

It did not remain #1 on anybody’s list after we priced it out.

In the meantime, we painted the entire inside of the house, completed tore out and remodeled one bathroom and the kitchen, redid the deck, built a shed, put in new carpet, built forts, watched our kiddos grow.

Finally, we decided it was time to do something to the outside of the house. We could paint or stucco.

Stucco was the big winner! I got some recommendations and quotes and we chose our stucco guy, who is more than knowledgeable and helpful – yay!

Apparently, choosing that guy was the easiest task.

Then we had to find someone who sold the same windows that we had installed 10 years ago. We never did get around to our awesome basement remodel where we would’ve installed those last 4 windows, but, I found a guy!

The final 4 windows are ordered and should be installed next week.

Then I had to find a painter for the soffets, doors, and tiny amounts of trim.


Then we had to decide on the color of stucco we wanted, so we drove around to a bunch of houses this guy has stucco’ed before to look at colors. Bonus – of the 25 or so houses we looked at, we liked the same color, a 50/50 mix of 2 colors.

During our stucco color scavenger hunt, Hubby decided he really liked the stone on some of the houses (who knew there were so many houses that had some stone? I had never noticed before, and now it’s all I see!). So, added to our project was the need to find a mason to put stone on the bottom 4 feet of our house.

A few recommendations and quotes later, I picked a mason! Yay!

THEN it was off to choose which stone we wanted. OMG! So many choices!

Surprise surprise – Hubby and I liked 2 different ones, but almost the same, so I let him choose because I really didn’t care – I was getting my STUCCO!

Mason on the schedule!

Last on the list . . . gutters. More recommendations and quotes later and we’ve just signed on our gutter people.

The plan?

Windows installed next week, then it’s off to the races! We’re hoping we can have the entire project (windows, stucco, stone, paint, gutters) finished by the end of May.

I will post a lovely “before” picture of the house before they come do anything.

Wish us luck!