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Tying up loose ends

July 21, 2014

We’re planning to put our house on the market in just a couple of months.  We had (and still have) a shit-list of things that we really want to finish before we list it:

Fence panels to hide the chain link fence in the back yard, new front door, grass/irrigation in the front yard, renovate main bathroom…. etc

We managed to check a few of these things off of our list earlier in the summer when our parents visited for a week.   They helped with a lot of landscaping, wood work on the addition, and installing those fence panels.

IMG_1569We bought an ikea patio set 🙂   Now the backyard looks like a grown-up space.

IMG_1982This is the chain-link fence that needs to be covered.  60 feet of it!

IMG_2021And here it is again. all covered up.

IMG_2004We also had to insulate the attic above the new bathroom.  This involved renting an insulation blower from home depot and buying 10 bags of insulations (so the rental fee was waived) and then returning 7 bags of insulation.  Good deal!

IMG_2017Alex’s dad built, and Alex himself installed, the new (and beautiful) cover for the attic vent.


IMG_2024We finally cleared out the area along the side of the garage.  Previously this was filled with trash, a tandoor oven disguised as trash, and a big green egg.IMG_2028With the help of Alex’s mom, we dug out areas that were filled with dead grass and dirt, and we put mulch in instead.  Next step: plants.

IMG_2029\ IMG_2065Also, my garden has been doing quite well lately!

IMG_2078And here’s our new front door.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Zevalkink permalink
    July 21, 2014 8:46 PM

    Very impressed with all of your efforts. Shame you’re going to sell it. I know the feeling

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Alex Dent permalink
    August 7, 2014 9:57 AM

    Looking good! How did you do the fence panels to cover up the chainlink fence?

    • August 7, 2014 10:04 AM


      What we did was take some 1/2×4 redwood bender board and sanded one side smooth, then stained it. Next we laid four pieces out and stapled the corners together with an air stapler. Then we took rolls of bamboo reed fencing which you can buy in big rolls at any big box store and stretched it out on the back and stapled that to the frame. Once all the panels were done we drilled pilot holes into the posts for the chain link fence and with very long self tapping metal screws attached horizontal 2x4s to provide a place to hang the panels from. Finally we simply nailed the panels to the horizontal 2×4.

      • Alex Dent permalink
        August 7, 2014 5:25 PM

        What a great idea, thanks for the explanation.

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