I have next door neighbors who are obviously so unhappy with their home that they’ve decided to start over. Not start over by moving mind you, start over by redoing every molecule in their house. About two point five years ago is when this madness started. Don’t get me wrong, in the beginning, I was thrilled.
You see every time we had a storm I had to do a perimeter walk and pick out all their shingles from my yard. When finally the roofers showed up I wanted these shingles to stay on so I made them cookies and served them lemonade. But wait, they sort of picked an odd color for that roof….
This leads me to the brick work. They decided to brick the front of their house. Ok, that brick looks nice. But only doing the front in brick seems odd because now it doesn’t match the wood on their house…..
So why not cover it in siding. I mean they might as well right?
So far we’ve got a:
Roof = Nail, nail, nail, nail, nail
Brick = quiet, cut, cut, cut, quiet, cut, cut
Siding= Bang, bang, bang
I didn’t even mention ALL the windows being replaced so make whatever sound you want for those.
Let’s stand back and take a look. NICE. But now the yard sure could use some sprucing up. Bring in the equipment. While we’re at it why don’t we do the following:
Rip up the driveway, sidewalk and front step area.
Dig up all front landscaping which includes taking down a tree.
Why stop there?
Those grass blades don’t blow in the right direction so let’s rip them out. ALL OUT.
Let’s Brick the driveway and walk and get all new plantings including sodding the front.
Phew. Now that that’s done let’s have a glass of wine to celebrate or…..
NOT because surely the driveway now needs a brick walkway to go to the backyard where it can’t possibly meet up with a cement patio so that must be ripped out too. Oh, and now that we’ve got this brick patio we can’t possibly look at the backyard landscaping so that must come out too.
Truly all the work, noise, machinery, trucks, deliveries, workers had to be taking a toll on them because I was sick of it. But not sick enough because then they moved inside to do:
Kitchen, ALL bathrooms, wood flooring, closet organizers and doors. Most of this action happened on the driveway outside my kitchen window. There was more noise, machinery, trucks, deliveries, workers and just general chaos going on everyday from morning to night.
There’s nothing more to be done. Really.
Until last week when a window was delivered.
Not the same kind as the rest of the new ones.
Where the hell is that going?
ON THE ROOM ADDITION ABOVE THE GARAGE.
Can I get an MLS listing for this house from someone please?
Maybe they are laundering money in a very inefficient way :p Also, no pictures, really? What is their address so I can at least Zillow it.
I wonder if they are related to my neighbor. Since they bought their house a few years ago there has been a constant stream of construction trucks there to change/add/remove stuff. They have nothing but complaints about the house….Hey if the house sucks so bad, why did you buy it?! yeesh
I am laughing out loud because WE ARE THOSE PEOPLE! Oh no! It's been slow going (doing it as we get the money, hence at a turtle's speed) Oh our poor neighbors…and here we thought we were helping the neighborhood by making the "scary house on the block" less scary.
Oh I so need to make them all cookies and lemonade!
Hope your neighbors are done soon!
OMG! hahahaha Sorry to laugh, but I'm living this right now! The thing my neighbours did differently is that they bought the house last June but didn't move in until 2 months ago. The didn't do any brick work, but they completely gutted the inside of the house! I live in the city so our houses are pretty close together… it's not even the noise that bugs me it's the shrapnel… hahahaha. The nails on my window sills and reno waste EVERYWHERE! They also put in Geo Thermal heating – awesome for the enviro… but guess what? the front of the house looked like a huge old cement / mud / GROSS dump for ages! Don't even get me started on the huge backyard covered in weeds…that's their next project. I hope we get through this without having to turn to alcohol… May the force be with you.
we want pics, so we can make fun. please?
I can't imagine. My neighbors before our fire did their whole house and I wanted to kill someone. It was our bedroom window though, it was right next to their house so we didn't sleep for months!
Exactly. I don't mind a little freshen up or some remodeling but this has just gone too far. I'm starting my own realty biz and I'm putting a sign up for them.
I’m totally not a blogger. I just have blogs. It’s complicated.
Wait a second, I thought Melisa said that you weren’t a blogger? Now I’m confused, but I’m not in as bad a shape of those baby bunnies.
I could deal with some updating and their back patio is really nice. But we’ve lived here 11 years and I have NEVER seen them in their backyard. As far as I’m concerned they paid 20K for a back brick patio for their dog.
Is it wrong that what I’m thinking about most is a new patio?
Hey, those are *my* neighbors you just described. There can’t be two families that crazy in the world. They’ve done every single home improvement thing, inside and out, twice.
I’d actually feel sorry for their poor house — it must be experiencing deep feelings of inadequacy — if I didn’t feel so sorry for us, because like you said — NOISE and constant hubub. #neighborfail
The good news is, when people go all out on the house like that, it’s not too soon after when they pack up and leave!
Actually, I think that they are in for the long haul. It’s just a mom and son living in the house. So odd. They should have downsized.
I can never decide if the dust, mess, or DAMN NOISE is the worst thing about neighbours renovating.
But then I decide that the fact that they annoy the crap out of you for years with their renovations and then MOVE is the most annoying part.
It’s been the NOISE that has been killing me. The other day it was 9 hours of this humming. They were getting their wood floors redone. HMMmmmmm
Hahahahahahahaa! I sort of want to be those people. I want to change just about everything in/on this house, but yeah… not worth the effort. You must live in a fantastic location to warrant all that work on a house ;)
I don’t know about that. They will NEVER get all the money back that they put into it. No way.