Sunday, May 31, 2009
Many of you have asked to see pics of our house when the painting was finished. Other than a few touch-ups, I think we're done...for now. We're getting a new metal roof, courtesy of those two hail storms we had, and it will be a light color to reflect the heat and hopefully keep our energy bills down.
Speaking of that...Husband made some solar screens for the house this weekend, but I didn't like the fact that they totally obliterated the dividers in the front windows, completely taking away from the cottage effect and looking like four huge black holes. So, we're going to put those screens on the back and sides of the house, and hang insulated curtains and shades inside the front windows so that the windows will look the same. Eventually, my little Shumard Oak will cast some shade on them, too.
In case you're wondering, it's fairly easy to make your own solar screens, and all you need for the job can be bought at Lowe's or Home Depot. Just make sure you get the proper screenwire for solar screens.
What a job all that painting was! BUT, we saved at least $4,000 by doing it all ourselves. Which paid for the new energy efficient appliances we're getting tomorrow!