June 7, 2011

Mr. Sippican Paints His Dream House


Sippican Cottage: This Is How I Go When I Go Like This: Painting The House

One of our lovely neighbors recently vinyl-sided their house, and told us about it. Vinyl siding is common here. Vinyl siding is sold as a curative, but it's a palliative. It's the medical marijuana of home improvement. You still have cancer but you don't care as much. The neighbor told us the first estimate to side their house, which is smaller than our house, was $19,000. Since I purchased my house for $24,000, this seemed less than a value. They ended up hiring a local man who charged them $11,000. If I had $11k and few months, I could renovate the entire inside and outside of my home and quadruple its value.
Posted by Vanderleun at June 7, 2011 12:22 PM
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You're so helpful in the painting tips, V. Too bad you weren't on hand to offer those repainting tips. I'm sure Mr. Sippican would have gladly shared his coffee with you.

Posted by: Jewel at June 7, 2011 12:58 PM

One of my many current projects consists of sanding and staining our new and rather small (12x20) deck. There is no way on God's green earth that I would ever, EVER, paint my house. The new vinyl siding works just great.

Posted by: Daniel at June 8, 2011 4:18 AM

We often get shpieled by those siding salesmen in their little kiosks in the mall. They blather on about the virtues of siding, and then I explain that we live in a townhouse connected to seven other townhouses, and when that doesn't stop him, I explain that we already have a faux exterior with brick 'face'. Still he blathers on. The only magic words that will silence the siding salesmen are these two:
"We rent."

Posted by: Jewel at June 8, 2011 10:37 AM