Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tearing down the mega fence

The previous owner had installed a large boundary fence along the driveway that has been bugging me since I first moved in. 
  1. It makes it hard to back down the driveway. 
  2. I like my car unscratched.
  3. Wood fences are unsightly and unwelcoming.
  4. My neighbor and his wife have been bitter about the fence since the day it was built. Not only did it block all their windows, but my neighbor couldn't access the side of his property without climbing over the a/c unit.
  5. It made the driveway feel too confined.
So the fence went 'bye-bye' this weekend and boy, what a difference! 

I'll talk to the neighbors to see if we can work together to remove the plywood over the windows, likely there since Hurricane Ike hit back in 2007.  At the time there was no point to removing it since all they'd have to look out to would have been a giant wood fence. (Update: He wants to take it down now that the fence is gone! Yay!)
Years back, my neighbor removed the asbestos cement shingles from his house. Since the area was so confined by the fence, some pieces of foil sheathing and tar paper strips were left dangling on the house (again, there was no point in removing them since the fence blocked it from sight). I went ahead and pulled off those remaining bits, raked, pulled the weeds, and picked up tiny pieces of asbestos cement board that littered the ground.
It feels so much more open and airy now!

Fernando had the unfortunate luck of discovering 2 giant wasps nests in the soffits, so progress on the exterior of the house has been stifled until we can deal with those. The wasps have been aggressive ever since their nest was uncovered.

With all the aluminum removed from the house, my backyard is currently doubling as a junkyard...

Surround shot of the backyard

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