Bill refinanced our mortgage so as to generate some equity with which we could DO SOMETHING. For that I will be forever grateful. It takes guts to go into a bank with your tax returns, pull down your financial pants.
We got some estimates. One estimate to paint just the tall part of the tower was $13,000. The contracter talked about bringing in a cherry picker. I guess you have to rent those. Ack. File under: things you don't think about when you're building a birdwatching tower.
We found Before and After Remodeling. Donny and Jessica were the perfect fit for this project. No cherry picker. Scaffolding, and fearless men to climb it. They came, they saw, they estimated, they returned a quote within days. We would re-side the old (low) part of the house with Hardie board, which is a permanent siding made of wood, cement, and fairy dust. We would paint the cedar siding on the new (high) part of the house. And the siding would all be horizontal, and at long last it would match.
It was exciting to see a patch of the color our house would become.