There are many things on the exterior that need attention.
The roof line on this bay window does not have a gutter and does not extend far enough out to let the rain fall on the ground. The entire sill on all 3 windows is rotted from years of water damage. The window units (3) will need to be replaced and have a gutter/roof on it.
The flagstone patio is missing some stones. It seems that while the house was empty when the initial construction phase was beginning, several people just came by and helped themselves to some of the loose stones. I'll have to have my daddy build a low deck/platform on the grass just to the edge of the patio. On that platform is where I'll put my hot tub and a canopy over it. Eventually, I'll have the platform extended to where I was standing when I took this picture.
For those of you who know me.....the VERY FIRST THING THAT I'LL DO IN THIS YARD IS GET RID OF ALL THAT IVY. DID I MENTION THAT I HATE IVY????
This is the rear dormer and water damage. The soffit will have to be replaced and painted. A gutter will be installed along the fascia on both sides of the dormer to prevent this from happening again.
I went by the house right after a significant amount of rainfall. I wanted to see what the water was doing and where it was going. Everything drains away from the house except the back corner where the master bedroom is. Once that black drain pipe is attached to the downspout (which has come loose) the water will be directed away from this area where it has pooled. Notice this brick edging to the flowerbeds....it goes all the way around the house. Nice touch, huh?
This is the water/wood damage to the soffit and fascia board on the front porch. The damage goes all the way across the entire 40 ft width of the front porch. I've been told that the gutter comes down, the boards come off, boards get replaced, all of it gets painted, the gutters get cleaned out and patched (if needed) and it all goes back up.
This is the rotten wood from water damage at the base of the rear dormers. We don't know how much of the siding and trim on the rear upstairs dormer will have to be replaced. Once replaced, it'll have to be painted. If any of the wood siding has to be replaced, it will be replaced with cement siding instead of wood. That will hold up better in the weather and can be painted.
We also have to have a garage door along with an automatic opener installed. See where that wooden filing cabinet is sitting? Right behind that is where my new exterior kitchen door will be installed. The window will be closed in so that I'll have an uninterrupted wall in the kitchen for my cooking/baking center. The wall where the hay is to the left of the window will be covered in pegboard. This pegboard will hold all of our tools and yard equipment and act as any additional storage that we may need.
I hope to scan and share my kitchen plans within the next day or two. Today I volunteer at J's preschool until 1 pm. I'm waiting on one last price quote on cabinets from a custom shop that does cabinets exclusively . My contractor says that they will beat Lowe's or HomeDepot on price and match them in quality. We'll see. I need to go ahead and get those cabinets ordered because the turn around time is 5-7 weeks and I don't want to be waiting a month on cabinets to arrive before I can move into my new house.
The attorney has the title order and the underwriter has all the information and paperwork. We could close as soon as Sept 12th. The malpractice attorney called today to say that the settlement check would be available on Sept 6th. The withdrawels from our savings for the $20 has been placed and will arrive on the closing date (we just need to call the financial manager and give him a date for the checks to be here).
I've got to get working on that moving sale stuff. B has gone through the house here and made a list of all the things that he does "not" want to take with us. Seems that we will be selling a good bit of our furniture here that he has had for years. It was his before we got married and I feel like if he doesn't want it anymore - then he should be able to say that it goes.
More this afternoon after I get home and work on the storage unit some.