One minor clarification came this week as we watched siding go up... we had agreed with the contractor to install trim around all the windows to really finish off the look of the house. We also had planned on adding soffit materials under the eaves to make the finished house look a lot smoother. When the siding started to go in neither of these was happening.
A few calls later we were back on track, but the siding has to be retroactively cut to fit the trim, so that is a pain.
Chris spent the weekend doing demolition of our MC Escher steps. Sad to see them go, but very excited to be one step closer to having a lovely flower bed in this location. We also reused the risers and rebar in the steps in our garden step project you see below!