The sun has finally come out and so we got our landscaper out here and they put the weed-eater to our acre and mowed it all down. It's so great. Auntie Shannon sent a bubble machine and the kids set it up outside and play in the lawn and bubbles for hours.
Next step is to refinish my lower deck. I am trying to get a pressure washer to come here and clean it, and then I'll sand and refinish it myself. I know I could pressure wash it myself but I don't want to. My neighbor has a gas-powered pressure washer we could borrow, but it's a pain to start (like a lawnmower) and it's really heavy, and my lower deck is at the bottom of the hill. An electric pressure washer costs a bit more than pressure washing service, and Mike is starting to see the minimalist philosophy a bit more and realizes that if we bought one we'd also have to store it. So he said to hire someone. Now, getting someone to show up is always a problem. First guy did not show, though I would have been surprised if he did. Then my sister recommended Amazon Home Services, so I booked someone through there and he is supposed to show up on Tuesday. I would really like to get this deck finished because we actually have a friend who wants to come over and it would be nice to entertain on the deck. This photo is the "before" picture. Before the cleaning/refinishing and before the landscapers came.
So, long story short about the bathroom reno bc I don't really want to talk about it bc it's possible it wasn't really necessary but what's done is done. Downstairs bathroom really needs to be demolished completely, but I don't want to pay for that, so right now it's just missing the floor, ceiling, and has a window that needs replacing. Upstairs bathroom now requires a new floor after one 6" strip was pulled, down to the subfloor.
I'm not hiring a GC but instead going with specialists for each thing. That means getting a lot of bids, a lot of phone calls, a lot of no one calling me back, a lot of no shows. What fun!