We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Who do we have working on ye olde Maggie's HQ these weeks? it will take 6-8 weeks total, I think, depending on rain.
1 Project Manager - The Boss. Made the Plan, designed the solutions to problems, coordinates everything, pays everybody, checks their work. It is a high-end job. Everybody kowtows to him, because he will be the source of their next job if they please him. It's how the world works. 1 Contractor who is here each morning til noon. 1 Roofer boss, 2 assistant roofers, and a few roofer helpers. Good guys, work their asses off. 1 Master Carpenter and 2 journeyman carpenters. Lots of bad wood, windows, etc to replace. Lots of Azec and new cedar. Good guys, but only work 6 hrs if temp above 90. ...and soon, 1 Master Painter with assistants and helpers. They will powerwash, sand, prime and double prime/paint where needed, paint everything with the most expensive paint that exists. Flat on the clapboard, marine semigloss on trim etc. I asked them to add lead to it. I believe in lead paint. Guaranteed 15 years but I want a 30-year paint job or I'll be eating dog kibbles when I am 80.
Somebody has to keep the Trump economy booming. Why not us?
Ya know, I love seeing how they do their jobs and how meticulous they are. Also, their apprenticeship system. The journeymen carpenters are obviously experts, but they keep learning new tricks from the Master. And trust me, this place has some tricky things to deal with.
1-Owner/Sales guy who gave us the estimate. Never saw him after we signed the contract.
2-Owner's idiot son/contractor. Sometimes he actually showed up.
3-About ten roofers who spoke no English, and amazingly, NEVER had to urinate during the day. Heck of a stench coming out of the fireplace, though.
My biggest concern about owning a home in New England is that every damn tradesman is a lying crook, and I'm getting too damned old to keep doing it all myself.
Good luck. That's a big project. I just finished a front yard and a backyard rock garden re-landscaping...my wife said that after 30 years it was looking "tired" and needed to be updated/replaced. After 44 years, I'm just happy she didn't mean me!!
"... most expensive paint available" may not be worth it. I do some handyman work (welcome to the gig economy, Mr. schoolbook editor) and find that the medium-grade paint from home cheapo covers better and paints easier than paint-store paints. Prep and priming is way more important than the price of the paint.
As we get older, we're hiring more help for routine maintenance like this. The trick for getting it done well seems to be to pay lots, lots more than everyone agrees is a "reasonable" price. The workers should care if I'm happy and will hire them again next time, but I also care if they're happy and will fit me into their schedule next time I want work done. I'd also like to know that they charge enough to be able to afford to keep their equipment and vehicles in good repair. Meanwhile, my neighbors are constantly on social media demanding recommendations for skilled, reliable contractors who don't "overcharge."
I'm a kitchen designer. I always tell people that my list of references is populated by jobs where I made money. I am happy because I made money, the customer is happy (evidenced by their being on my reference list) too as they have a new kitchen that they are pleased with. I always tell prospective clients that they want me to make money on the job as I don't have to work hard to be broke.
This summer I'm replacing two deteriorated wood steps at the bottom of a stairway between deck and 1ˢᵗ terrace, and placing pavers on the concrete stepoff to the terrace. Been working on it little over a week, and it will take another week or two, maybe three to finish. I figure at 87, that's not too bad. I put in an hour or so a day between naps.
I would like to know which paint brand met your criteria for durability and longevity if it is allowed to name names.
20 years ago, while working as a carpenter in the Greenwich area, the painters used some kind of European paint that came in 3-liter cans that was supposed to be the cat's meow with regard to long-lasting and durable.