Paint and maybe refinish shingles on exterior of our house?
We live in a Craftsman-ish house in Berkeley, built in 1908. The previous owners went the cheap route and painted (AAAAGH!) the redwood shingles on the second floor exterior of the house, as well as the wooden siding on the exterior first floor. The house is two stories, 2,000 square feet, very tall, and needs repainting. The original window frames and sills and a lot of the house should be sanded first, or something like that, as the paint is peeling in some spots. Rather than repainting the entire house, I would like to have the paint removed from the shingles and have them stained/refinished, but I am afraid that this will cost an arm and a leg. What have you paid recently to have a good deal of prep work done and a similar sized house painted? Have you had paint removed from shingles and the shingles refinished, and if so, what did that cost? Finally, can you give me some local recommendations to do the work? Any other suggestions or things I should consider? Thank you for your help!