The next stage we were waiting for with great anticipation. The back wall had been repaired, and the roof trusses replaced and new shingled put on. The house was sealed up — except for the boards over a hole cut for the place where the sliding glass door was to go.
As you may recall, the back wall originally had three windows in it, and the door on the side wall was the way out and around to get to the back deck. But since the tree knocked out the windows and wall, it was equal cost to replace three windows with a sliding glass door to give direct access to the deck. Once the deck got rebuilt itself of course.
In fact, the deck got started first before the door. Not the whole deck, and it isn’t complete even yet. But 3-4 feet along the back and steps up along the side were put on, after the framing was made for the main deck, so that the sliding glass door could be more easily carried into place, instead of hoisted six feet up in the air into its hole.
But with that door in place, the room was finally air sealed, to add to the insulation put in behind the ceiling and wall.
And we could see. (Of course we could see before with the windows, but until the door got put back in, the room had no light from that side.
And we now have a clear traffic pattern from one end of the house to the other, that leads straight out to the deck. Hopefully when good weather comes around, we will have a full deck and find ourselves taking better advantage of it than we did before.