Here at the Jentz household, we are in full, outdoor home repair mode. Gone are the flowers. At least for now.
A slew of architects in this area learned the "Wright style" and ours undeniably resembles Wright's Taliesin, but smaller by far.
It was a good buy about twenty years ago and has been a generally low maintenance property to date, however, "the piper has come to claim his due."
We have two repairable issues.
Firstly, an observable sinking spot, located at the driveway door entry, has become a major concern.Years of snow and rain water runoff have washed away the dirt and gravel underneath the pavement. A portion of the drive can no longer support itself and that is why it is sinking fast. Trouble.
Secondly, the original backyard land was pitched incorrectly. The ground has settled dramatically since construction. Now, when it rains, water has begun to seep in through the basement windows. Just like a running faucet.Trouble.
Further, this house was built on solid rock; not swamp. Underground streams are an issue in this region and they can make their way into basements. Fortunately, we don't have a nightmare of this sort to deal with. Our sump pump never, ever runs. That's the good news.
John, our contractor, will be working to replace, repair or toss the broken. This project could not be done in stages, as everything needs to be perfectly pitched from the backyard to the drive side of the house. You are looking at "major yard surgery!"
Indeed, we are reminded, that family homes are an investment and worth saving for the future.
See what remains? It is the stump pictured above. "Boohoo", poor monkey tree!
That's all folks! It has been a long process. Let's give this all time to grow? I will revisit this page sometime in July with photo updates.
Fatima Shrine and Gardens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Fatima's 100th Anniversary Year. A mass and prayer service took place later in the day. Slide show: