That pic gives a good idea of all the all the work done via the siding to the right as you are looking at the pic you see part of the new window installed. I did not have the porch windows replaced because of the additional cost. The porch is protected but not insulated so it seemed a bit silly to invest in new windows for that area.
As you can see I need to paint the foundation area next spring or summer but I very please with the look of the siding. Adding a stone fascia would be optimal but paint is a lot cheaper and faster. My local True Value store has matched both the red and grey colors on the house so I will probably get a red paint for the foundation that matches the red accents. I’ll be adding the new door lever and dead bolt to the front door once I get paid next week. I’m going with an aged bronze finish like I installed on the back door.
My neighbor is buying the large rounds of wood that I got but wasn’t split. The neighbor is a burly guy and I’ve seen him split wood so this give me more space for wood and the neighbor get some great wood late in the season for a great price. With this wood and buying fruit (apple and cherry) from the local orchards staying warm via wood heat won’t be a problem.
Speaking of burning wood both Mom and I are learning how to burn split pine. I have wood racks on a concrete base and when there is an inversion dry soft woods suck in moisture like a sponge. All wood is now up off the concrete and is covered on top by a tarp. All of the wood ends are exposed to the wind for drying. Here in the west we don’t have a lot of hardwood for burning. I recommend stocking up on Douglass/red fir and hit the orchards for apple/cherry wood. Elm and locust can grow here but it a bitch to split.
Speaking of splinting wood I found a youtube vid of using a sledge hammer with an axe or splinting maul to split large rounds of wood. It is not fast but it it should be doable for me if it works. I have a few rounds I’d like to make smaller and if it works I can go out and pound on the logs without trying to muscle through the splitting the logs.
Last but not least I laid down thermal barrier on the floor of my backdoor entry way. I think when it was originally installed it was a glass patio door and then enclosed. The floor area sits on concrete and has very little insulation. I added a rubber backed carpet and that helped some on the cold and heat from the concrete radiating hot in summer and cold in winter. I laid down Thermal barrier on the floor and cover with the rubber back carpet and we gained another 2 degrees of heat in the back room. The carpet is not sliding around and the back part of the house is getting warmer as I type.
I don’t think the addition to my house was very well insulated so I have to insulate as money become available. I’m not going to screw around ripping off the siding so that means I have to insulate from the inside out. I’m not going to tear out drywall because I feel a bit cool and semi uncomfortable. I’ll make this as comfortable as possible then gather cash to make things more comfortable.
It is not like we are freezing to death. Heck at worst the temp reading was 62 degrees F. Hardly a precursor to the Apocalypse! Add socks and put on a sweater is not exactly a sign of the end of civilization.