House Renovation - Outside

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I feel like I can not show you what we did to our house in only one post. There would be way to many pictures. So today, I will talk about the transformation of the outside!

It has been almost a year since we moved out and raised the roof (literally!). March 2016 we packed our house into the basement and moved to my in laws for 4-5 (turned into 7) weeks. During the first 5 weeks we had a construction crew here every day that weather allowed demo'ing and rebuilding. You can really only appreciate the craziness from pictures!

Our life in the basement! 

The builders first took down the garage

Then the first half of the roof came off

Before the end of the day the roof was covered in a tarp because it was going to rain that night. Talk about stressful night listening to it rain at the in laws! 

The next day the rest of the roof came off

Our builder took these pictures from above

The floor and walls went up and then they started the roof. This was all done pretty quickly as they only had a small window without rain in the forecast. 

Looking from the side of the house up to the open second floor

Looking good! except for one side, it was all boxed in. Now we can breath when it rains!! 

The garage side was still open because they needed to attach the garage.  

They rebuilt the garage and the crane showed up to put on the roof trusses. 

One day we climbed the ladder to go check it out.

Inside. One big open space. 

I climbed up once but hated climbing up the ladder, so I waited for the stairs before going up again! 

The walls were up when I finally went back up! 

Starting the roof! 

When the roof was finished, the builder and crew was done and the project became ours. Mike's first project was to put in the windows. 

Then he started building the front porch.

All finished and ready for siding.

We decided to hire out the siding and we are so glad that we did! It only took about 3-4 weeks for the entire project to be done and it looked so great!

Once the siding was done, the only thing left were the finishing touches on the porch, floor, ceiling and trim.  

We waited a few months before we hired out the porch work and finally the outside of the house was complete!!

Let's take a look way back... all the way back at what the house has looked like over the years.

We first moved into the house in 2006, but I couldn't find a picture from when we first moved in so this is about a year later. The only difference was we removed huge rhododendron plants that covered the front of the house.

picture via google

I found this picture on google maps from 2010. We had replaced the right side bay window with a regular sized window and took down the trees in the front yard.

picture via google
This picture was taken in 2012. Everything was pretty much the same except we changed out the front door.  

After many more renovations the house looked like this

Finally 2017 the house looks like this and we couldn't be happier!

This house was 10 years in the making. It was a loooonng process. It was not fun. There were a lot of stress and tears. There were days I wanted to put the house on the market and walk away. Now that it is finished I can say that it was all worth it. It didn't feel like it during the process, but now months later, I still drive up to the house and smile. I still can't believe it is mine. 

Have a great day! Till next time!


  1. Hi Sandy! Thank you for sharing! We live in Gorham and are considering similar renovations to our ranch style home. Would you mind sharing the name of the builder you used? I would love to connect with them!

    1. Hi Mia! We used Brian Girard and his phone number is #316-6650, he did the demo and framing of the second floor and garage and shingled the roof, then we took over from there. We then used cardinal exteriors for the siding and to finish the porch #699-5550. If you need anything else feel free to email me!! I would love to chat!


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