^The old fireplace was beehive shaped with white
painted cement brick, green tiled hearth and
nearly black cedar paneling on the wall on each side.
The firebox insert hung over the carpet 10 inches.
^I framed out the mantel covered it and the wall in oak,
put down travertine stone and tumbled marble on the hearth
and mantel, fixed the damper and firebox, and added an
easily removable remote control ventless gas log set.
^A black cast iron railing, a closet overhanging the
stairs, and a short wall/railing between the stairs was
removed. The carpeting and sub floor was damaged and squeaky.
^I removed the sub floor, screwed and glued down 3/4" tonge
and groove plywood, installed real oak floors with a custom
boarder, and rebuilt the stairs and covered them in oak.
^The previous owners of 25 years didn't like seeing the
neighborhood and mountains so the yard and deck was all
closed in with solid plywood deck railings, full deck
shades (shown up and open), and a lot of trees.
^Luckily they took the wood but they left all the other
stuff. Several trips to the dump, lots of cleaning and
trimming, and new deck railings really opened up the back
deck. I eat and read out here a lot now.
^Dark green solid plywood sheets served as railings
all the way around this deck. The deck looks southwest
on downtown Redmond and the Olympic mountain range.
^It took 1 year to see what was in the backyard after
removing 5 trees, 3 large bushes, and 10+ ft tall wild
thorny raspberry vines. Wood and stone stairs are shown.
^Three bushes were removed, the pole lamp converted from
city gas to electric, the driveway re-sealed, the trees
trimmed, and a lot of weeds removed.
^I have been replanting the flower gardens and extending
them as well as trying to repaint the house a lighter
color. I will also be putting wider trim on the windows.