First things first, as you can tell by these amazing (yeah right!) photos, we still haven't painted half of our house. Oh, the shame! All of that blue and brown in making me crazy. Plus, we still need to paint all of the eaves. We haven't figured out how we're going to do that yet, so... here we are.
Well, now that we've got that out of the way, we can talk about gutters! One of the sexiest of all house updates, to be sure. Long time readers may remember that we had Byers' Leaf Guard gutters installed on the deck side of the house three years ago. (Three years? How the heck did that happen?!!) We meant to schedule the other side last year, but never got around to it. It's hard to feel motivated when you know you're going to spend more than a grand on something that diverts water. We needed to have it done, though. When we actually get things like rain and snow, not like we have the last couple of years, but when we do, our awesome concrete side steps cause the water to splash back onto the side door. Then the door warps, and water gets under the subfloor... we know this tale well enough already.
I really do love the Byers people. (No, I didn't get paid to say that. I've never done a sponsored post, after all. It's my honest assessment.) Their staff is amazing, and while it costs more than your average gutter, they're guaranteed for life. That means that if you sell your house, the gutters are still guaranteed for the next owners, so it's actually a selling point. Imagine gutters being a selling point! They sent out a representative to do the estimate, and he figured it would be a little over $1700. While that may seem a bit steep, especially when you know our house is pretty small, when you factor in how much we've paid to fix dry rot over the years, it's really just a drop in the bucket. (Ha, ha!) Factor in that aforementioned guarantee that I'll never have to unclog a gutter, and it was an easy choice. We've never had any issue, but if the gutters do ever clog, they'll come and unclog them for free.
Three weeks later, (everyone's trying to prepare for the El Nino,) the installers arrived. They were friendly and super fast. They double checked the measurements, went to their cool truck that creates the gutter on site, hung it, and were finished in less than two hours. We still need to put some extenders on the downspouts to route the water away from the foundation, but it makes the house look slicker already. Now if we could just finish painting, Our Little House might be quite the belle of the ball! Anyone want to put money on how long it's going to take us to do that? No? That's probably smart.
Even though the El Nino isn't looking as promising as everyone in our drought-parched part of the world was hoping, we're ready for the winter. That should count for something, right?
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