For readers who are new to this blog, this was an early concept for the home's exterior.
This is how it looked when we bought it.
The decks and courtyard were in pretty rough shape!
The courtyard is still pretty rough, in spite of many hours of cleaning and raking, but the decks are looking great.
We actually spent most of Fourth of July weekend on these decks -- this side of the house is well protected from the ocean winds, and so it is perfect for grilling. And it is not without a view -- off in the distance is the harbor and beyond that is Mount Rainier.
We still have lots of new shingle work that remains unpainted. It will have to remain unpainted until sometime in September, when it will have dried out enough. We should have a window of about two and a half hours between when it's "dry enough to paint" and the beginning of the rainy season....
It's come a long way, but we still have quite a way to go.