Life in the dream home

Monthly Archives: June 2012

A while ago I had mentioned that our roof was on its last legs and needed replacement here.  Well we finally got it done last month and here’s picture of our brand new roof.

We got the terracotta color because we wanted it to match the color of our deck and because it complemented the yellow facade of our home really well. Here is a close up of the roof,

and a picture of our deck. Of course our deck needs a good scrub, a fresh coat of stain and some sealant.

The old roof was had much much more damaged that we had thought originally and the contractor said that we had done the right thing by replacing it this season as it probably wouldn’t have lasted 12 more months. The wood was literally falling apart. It was like powder in some places.

Can you see the rotten gutters in the picture below?

The wood shingles over this part of the damage looked okay, but we peeled then, we found holes in the roof.

The damage in the above picture is located to the right of the living room. Look what happened to the ceiling in the living room from water leaking through the damaged roof.

That’s water damage and yes I know we have popcorn ceilings. I still haven’t found a lab that I like to do the asbestos testing and even if it turned out that we do not have asbestos in the ceiling, removing this popcorn is way down on my list.  So, we went from this, a bland boring roof,

to this when we literally had no roof,

to this,

and finally this.

Now that we got the major things that we couldn’t do ourselves out of the way, its time to focus on the fun stuff.

BTW, I would be eternally grateful if anyone can direct me to a good video or tutorial on how to insert a window screen back into the window. The old screen was torn and had been taken out by the previous homeowners. Buying a whole roll of the screen to replace the torn part seemed like a waste of money, because the roll of screen material came to more than twice what a pair of new screens costed. But, I haven’t been able to insert them at all even after trying for hours. The few videos that I came across haven’t really been helpful. So if anyone has any suggestions, please please do throw them my way.


After our tree trimming and general clean up of the yard it was time to focus on the lawn. As I mentioned in the tree trimming post our lawn was bare and brown and the only green was the green from the spiky crabgrass and weeds growing there. Here’s a picture to remind you of what it looked before.

When it came to deciding on whether to get a new lawn or to just add grass seed, fertilizer, water and wait, the husband and I could not agree. While I wanted to do it by myself, he insisted that we get a landscaper to lay the new lawn even if it meant that it would cost more that way.  He won, by saying that the kids could have a new lawn by the end of the week instead of having to wait 3 or 4 weeks.

So we went from

to this,

to finally this,

and this, all in one day.

The kids have been enjoying their new lawn ever since. The play out in the lawn then move to the deck and splash around in the kiddie pool before heading for their bath and dinner.

We also added some mulch  to the veggie patch and planted some tomatoes, various colors of peppers, eggplant, zucchini and beans.  THis picture was taken before we planted them.

and the white stuff that you see are the flowers from the tree next to the kitchen window. I am using it as free  and organic fertilizer for the veggie patch.

Here are some more pictures of our new lawn.

Please forgive the lone flip flop and the broom in the next picture. They were left behind when the dad came home early and the kids ran to greet him.

BTW, did you guys notice that our deck needs a new paint job.

While I was researching on ways to clean and re paint a deck, I found out that we need to re-seal it first. Does any one know whats the best time to do this, i.e. before spring, before summer, during fall? Would really appreciate suggestions and tips on how to do this.