And on the Fourth Day, We Were Done with Maintenance for Another Five Years
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since we built Our Little House, but it’s true. Time flies when you’re having fun and even when you’re not!
It’s also been 5 years since completing The Belle Writer’s Studio.
Our buildings don’t require much maintenance, and that’s how we like it. Part of the benefit of having a small home is that they don’t require a lot of work, inside or out.
When we built both buildings, my first choice would have been a log cabin, my second choice would have been to put on cedar siding. But those options were both cost prohibitive.
Our builder told us that we shouldn’t go with either steel or aluminum siding here in the woods. We decided to go with T11 wood siding and stain it a cedar color. We always had good luck with Behr brand on our deck in the city, and it did not disappoint here on the house and studio.
The house, which is partially covered from the sun by trees, lasted until this year. The side that faces west on the studio also had to be done this year.
The last time Dale painted the house in the city, I remember it taking about 3 weekends. It was 1,100 square foot inside and had some pretty high points.
This year, when Dale set out to stain the west side of the studio and 3 sides of the house (the side with the covered front porch still didn’t need it), it took him 3 evenings after work.
We also took down the décor and our door bell from the house and repainted some of it, as it had all faded as well. You can see from the photo on our Living Large Facebook page that the décor needed some freshening up.
Now that the new stain is on, the rest of the summer is ours to enjoy!
How long does it take to paint the outside of your home?