We started out by removing our belongings, then watching the house flood. After that came demolition and our house seemed so strange, like it wasn't ours. We've been moving backwards for so long that it's finally good to see some actual progress. The guys have been working EXTREMELY hard to get the place ready for siding and windows.
We chose to take down all of the siding and buffalo board, even though not everyone in our neighborhood is doing so. To me, it's a fresh start. That buffalo board was stained with the Mouse River and we just don't want it there.
Here's the house stripped down to its 2x4s and its glorious, 1-year-old roof. And just a day or so later, the guys had put up all new OSB. It's looking like a house again!
The siding and windows go up this weekend--it will be a weekend FULL of labor! I can't wait to see how it all comes together. Who knows...maybe we WILL get in sooner than I had anticipated. :)