One of the tasks we had put off for a while was having the outside of the houses painted. There really was no point in this until the basement was turned into a garage / work space, and the roof terrace lined with marble. So finally, with all the other work done it was time to take this on. We could have done it ourselves, but it would have been a big task, involved ladders, working at height (which we covered recently), and getting covered in paint.
When we had the basement converted the people who made and fitted the iron work offered to do painting, so we gave them a call. They came round, looked at the work needed, came back with a painter who did some rough measuring and came up with a price for the work plus paint and bits. We could have bought the paint ourselves but it was a lot of paint and easier to let someone else carry it all.
Two days later it was all done, all we had to do was provide tea. The painter did an excellent job and managed not to get paint everywhere. Today we cleaned up, put things back in place. It all looks really good, freshly decorated, just like the castle for today’s public holiday.