Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Home Improvement Projects For 2016

A log home is a non-stop labor of love, I guess...


  • Put some particle board under the expansion to protect insulation - DONE 1/1/2016
  • Insulate the sub-floor in the crawl space - DONE 1/3/2016
  • Insulate the plumbing in the crawl space - DONE 1/3/2016
  • Never spend two days in the crawl space again... - DONE 1/3/2016
  • Replace the dryer, if only so it matches the new washer - DONE 1/4/2016
  • Reinstall my home's street number - DONE 2/6/2015
  • Plug the holes at the peak of the roof the bats use in the summer time - DONE 2/6/2015 [A bat still got in though...]
  • Refurbish the irrigation system DONE May 2016
  • Replace the scary heater in the bathroom
  • Rebuild the steps from the drive to the lower part of the yard
  • Finish sanding, caulking, and painting the exterior
  • Replace the deck rails DONE July 2016
  • Replace planks as needed and refinish the deck DONE July 2016
  • Rebuild the steps from the back of the deck to the back yard DONE July 2016
  • Have installed a metal roof DONE October 2016


  • Get some pieces of furniture from the house after it sells NO LONGER NEEDED
  • Buy a garage
  • Remodel bathroom
  • New carpet
  • Expand the flagstone treatment in front of the fireplace

It Takes A Village

Or at least an iPhone full of contacts...

Many of the improvements to my sturdy little homestead in the Ponderosa pines south of Prescott were performed by some excellent local contractors, each of whom I am pleased to highly recommend.

Peter at Certified Lock rekeyed the place shortly after I moved in. Peter knows his stuff.

Vincent Bruno identified a rather expensive water leak that was earning me frantic calls from the water company, removed a strange spare sink from the second bedroom, and installed a new hose bib in a few short hours. Vince is personable and professional.

John Bruce coordinated the replacement of my single pane, aluminum frame, summer place windows with double pane, insulated vinyl frame, year round home windows. He has also given me some good ideas for the roof I plan to have replaced Summer 2016.

Dave Zink installed the new windows he could and showed me how to install those I had to do myself. It took less than a day. Dave is fun to speak with while he works.

Justin Kaoni safely removed a lightning struck Ponderosa from my yard for much less than others offered to. Justin's customer service is second to none. I hope no more of my Ponderosas die but if they do Mile High Tree Service will remove them.

Rocky Annecchini and his crew prepped, delivered, and spread mixed river rock to match the front and installed decomposed granite in back. He also selected and delivered a couple strategically placed boulders to increase the safety of my driveway. Good guy, fair prices.