Hallie-the-Duplex : Week 7

Since I missed a blog post last Thursday, due to:

1.) being really busy
2.) being exhausted
3.) the time change
4.) all of the above

I’m posting about what we were able to get accomplished today (for last week) then will post new updates on Thursday.
By the time Joel gets off work, it’s dark. We still don’t have electric. This endeavor is getting a bit challenging, we are feeling the pinch and just want to hibernate. Oh and did I mention that our renter at Joel’s old house hasn’t paid rent in 2 months? (YAY!) Did you know you can’t just kick non-payers out? Instead a long, drawn-out course of action must be followed, including filing with the city that is a several hundred dollar fee. So now you are beginning to understand our stress. Paying a mortgage on not just one, but two houses and trying to rehab a third is a bit much.

Sigh. Life! Right?

Anyway! Here’s what’s new.

Joel works on the railing of the backdoor by flashlight.

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and the final product in daylight.

Back railing in daylight copy

There are lots of railings being put in, as it’s part of the rental housing requirement.

The last side of the duplex has finally been de-vined. It was the home of many birds, who unfortunately had to relocate. Their nests, mostly made of trash and debris, along with much dirt, came raining down upon us. Mostly Joel, because he’s braver than me and gets up quite high on the ladder. It was a grimy day.
Here’s an awesome before & after.

before and after side copy

Finally, here’s a little project. We only had one mailbox, so I scored an additional one (since we have 2 units) for $5 at our local Habitat for Humanity Resale store.

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Add a little bronze metallic spray paint and TA-DA!
Even though they aren’t exactly the same in dimensions and style, the paint pulls them together and adds a lot of interest.
I just love how it looks!

painted mail boxes copy

Tune in on Thurs. for more updates. πŸ™‚

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One Comment to “Hallie-the-Duplex : Week 7”

  1. looks great! I can’t WAIT to see the inside! πŸ™‚

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