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The tree guys were here today, cutting down the little trees and bushes in the backyard, trimming the large linden tree, and trimming basically all around. The amount of light that is now penetrating the back of the House is fantastic. And it looks so spacious! Oh, we are liking this project...

The roof (and front porch, and windows) project, not so much. We heard an approximate number that should cover all of it, and it took my husband and me 3 beers and 2 hours to get the power of speech back. And we haven't slept all night. Clearly, we didn't plan to do everything this year anyway, but... Wow!

We told the architect to get the drawings for the roof portion done ASAP, so we can go to bid as early as next week. The dripping is really starting to annoy us.


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