I noticed David hauling boards to the back yard so I asked what was going on. He was working on the gazebo. Before I had time to get shoes on and camera in hand, he had already started removing boards. That man does not let the grass grow under his feet!
So here’s what’s going on. We’ve gone back and forth about whether to leave the gazebo or remove it. It’s a little odd and it blocks the view of the backyard when you’re sitting out there. But it’s a decent entertaining area and the grandkids love it. So when all else failed, we asked our realtor/friend’s opinion. He was in the neighborhood so he stopped by to take a look and refresh his memory. His vote was that we keep it and do a little work to it.
So that’s what David was doing. Here’s what he’s already completed:
Cleaned out under the gazebo. Because the edges were open, some folks in the past have thrown trash and old boards in there. David cleaned it all out.
Removed a bad board on the top rail of the gazebo and replaced it.
Added extra boards to the sides to enclose the area under the gazebo.
Added two stones in front of the deck as a step. The step down from the deck to the ground was a little high. I asked for steps. David found these rocks instead and I think they’re perfect.
Planted a small bush in the corner.
I’m not sure what else David has planned but I’ll keep you posted.
David also cleaned out the “jungle” this past weekend. At the very back of our yard, there’s a fenced area that runs the width of the yard and about 8 to 10 feet deep. We’re pretty sure that in the past they used this area as a garden. But now there are too many trees and no sunshine so it doesn’t work as a garden. We would have taken down the fence to incorporate this area into the yard but the inside fence is chain link and the outside fence is wire. It was easier and cheaper to leave it.
However, over the summer, it filled up with weeds and grass and was a big mess. Rather than try to deal with it then, David waited until the plants had started to die back. It made it a lot easier to clean out. Now it’s nice and tidy. The grandkids like going back there, too.
A couple of weeks ago David painted the screened porch floor. It was pretty rough looking but he was waiting for a good opportunity to paint it. He didn’t want it to be too hot or too cold and he also needed a time when we wouldn’t need to go out there. He finally got it done and the floor looks a lot better.
He also noticed that the screened porch door was sagging so he added a support.
And, finally, he re-painted the hand rail out front. It was in pretty bad shape.
While our realtor/friend was here, he walked through the house to give his opinion on what else needed done to have the house ready to sell. There are a few things we have to do to the house – fix a couple of screens, paint a couple of closets, etc. but mostly it was adding pictures to the walls. We don’t like a lot of things on the walls so we haven’t hung up many pictures. But to make the house look better for a potential buyer, Matt suggested we add some art work. We’ll be doing that in the near future.
So that’s it for this time. As always, let us know if you have any questions.
Oh, one last thing. If this gazebo was in your back yard, how would you use it?