We have been doing a LOT of work on the inside of our house. And that’s the kind of stuff we like. You know, interiors by Kenz. We haven’t really spent a lot of time working on the outside of the house. But it is in need of a LOT of work. Yard work/ exterior work can be extraordinarily overwhelming (and expensive).
For instance: We need a new roof & gutters, but we have two monstrous cottonwood trees. Branches from the tree fall on the roof every storm we have. Leafs clog and bend the gutters. So, before we can replace the roof, the trees need to come down. Our fence is falling apart. But the trees are on the fence line, pushing the fence in all kinds of crazy directions. The grass is practically dead, but planting new grass wouldn’t do any good, because the roots of the cottonwoods are so shallow, it won’t allow the grass to take hold.
If you are sensing a theme, it’s this: for ANY work to happen in the outside of our house, the trees have to go.
But they are HUGE. This is not a DIY project. I am positive if we tried this ourselves, we would crush our house or our neighbor’s house.
So we called up some guys, and they got it done like a boss.
It took a staff of 8, a cherry picker, a crane, a closed off road, a wood chipper, a city permit, and $2100. Ouch. But like I said, to do any other repairs, it HAD to happen. They were dangerously huge for the size of the lot.
I made you a gif of the process. Hook branch to crane, man in cherry picker saws branch, crane wings branch, branch goes in wood chipper. They got both trees down in 6 hours. Unbelievable!
Here’s the “Tree Removal Fun Time Gif!”
Sometimes it has to look worse before it can look better…
The stumps are MASSIVE. This one measures 5 feet across.
The stump grinders are coming this week to get these bad boys out. I have to be completely honest. I’m a tree lover. Seeing our trees go was bitter sweet. I miss them. I miss the shade and the privacy. It’s weird to not have them there. But I feel SO much safer. Every time the wind would blow I would worry about branches coming through our windows, or our neighbors. These guys were so dangerous. I’m excited that we can get started on other outside projects. The majority of which will happen NEXT YEAR. But we are doing a roof/gutters and fence this year. One step at a time. It’s hard. I want it all done NOW. Especially since the outside is what everyone sees first. But we’ll get there.
-Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods
-New roof (if you follow on Instagram, you know this started, and Buster HATED it)
-Build new fence
-Paint ceiling & walls (also started – follow on Instagram for a more in-time version of what’s happening!)
-Baseboard + board & batten
-Counter top install (the soonest they can do it is August 28th! So 2 more weeks without a kitchen sink)