Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Our Home...Before and After (Finally)!!

Here it is...BEFORE
We moved into our first house the last week of March 2009. I was 6 months pregnant and ready to prepare my nest. Thankfully, the interior of the house was move in ready (the previous owner was also an interior designer...we lucked out). This was a must considering my baby bump, and all we had to do was paint a couple of rooms and put new carpet in the nursery. BUT as you can see by the picture, the exterior needed a little TLC. We were going to wait a year or so before we made any improvements, but then Reg got the itch and it was all down hill from there. It all started with Reg trimming a few limbs. Before we knew it, we were cutting down 13 trees and landscaping the back yard. As many of you "houseaholics" (a fellow blogger turned me on to this term..haha) may know, once you do one thing to a house, it's a domino effect.Have you ever seen so many pine trees...they had to go!The mud pit after we cut down ALL the trees...domino effect = much needed landscaping.

Gotta love some new, green Zoysia! This is my husbands new love...minus me and Annie :).The brick on our house was not pretty...it was an ugly, orange color and I was dying to paint over it.
So we did and ta-da here it is!! Hope you like it! I went with Sherwin William Wool Skein for the main color, Panda White for the trim and Hardware for the shutters and doors.

We also redid the front porch and repaved the driveway. Check out the concrete slab and rotten columns on the old front porch...had to go. I wish I had a better pic, but this was all I could find.

We replaced the concrete slab floor with new brick (sorry, my terminology is terrible), and it made a huge difference!!

Here is the finished product with new columns, copper "eye brow", arch, shingles and lanterns to replace the hanging fixture. We saved a lot of money by not having to change the roof pitch.

Once again, the domino effect is coming into play and we now need to landscape the front yard. Unfortunately, the bank account is empty and we are just going to have to wait!!
Last but not least, the driveway before and after.

I'm so glad all the workmen are finally out of our hair and we can now enjoy our new and improved home.


  1. OMG!! It look fabulous!! Great job, I love it!!

  2. I love what you have done with your house. It truly looks "LOVED" now. You have fabulous taste and such an eye for color! I bet your neighbors are loving it as well! Way to go! I love reading your blog, and can't wait to see what is next!

  3. it looks SO GREAT! I'm dying to paint our house -- it's brick and board-and-batten. but just like you said, "just a paint job" will inevitably turn into who-knows-what!

    love what you chose, especially the lanterns!

  4. The renovated porch looks great. Good job!