Our house is in good shape for an 86-year-old. But bits of paint have peeled, so we're having some work done. I took this close-up of one of the shutters once the sanding and scraping began. I wonder if that screw is original.
On the windowsills and other trim, we discovered redwood under the paint. I don't think it's common to use redwood as a building material these days except in backyard decks. Briefly, before the primer went on, I enjoyed its rusty color. The redwood has aged; the painter filled great gouges made by sun, rain and time.
When it's all finished it'll be glossy. I admit I'm tempted to leave it looking just like this.