Yesterday I finally finished painting the exterior of my house again for the first time in about 12 years. The paint was chipping considerably in some places, with sun bleaching prevalent in others. While I’m not bound by deed restrictions or HOA rules, I still want a house that looks nice and garners a high property value. That’s why I budgeted for the paint and scheduled the time to get the work done outside of my normal working schedule. Once I was finally done with the work, I was proud of myself for making my house look a lot better with just a little bit of time and effort. However, there are more projects than just painting my house that I want to complete in the next year, with one being the eventual sod I put in my yard to fill all of the dirt patches that appeared during the summer this last year. We didn’t get a lot of rain and it contributed to the grass dying in a number of key areas. However, the big project that’s happening this week is the installation of the brand new fence that my friend custom built for my yard out of old galvanized steel rebar. It’s corrosion resistant and won’t rust when exposed to rain and other forms of precipitation. If we had used cheaper steel rebar, it would rust with constant moisture exposure. The new fence is going to be durable and have a cool industrial look to it that you can’t really get with a simple wooden fence or a PVC fence. I’m thankful to have a friend who is an ironworker and blacksmith.