Our 7th Flip’s Exterior – “After”


Okay, maybe that was a little overly dramatic.

The exterior of the house is certainly looking snazzy these days, even if it’s not drastically different from how it started out.

7th Flip - Finished "After" Photos

The photo above is current, and the photo below is from a few months ago:

7th flip - before

Can you spy the changes?

We removed the screen door, switched out the brass leaded glass for wavy-and-updated Flemish glass, painted the eaves and gutters a slightly deeper hue, and swapped out the black paint on the front door and shutters for a rich charcoal.  Oh, and let’s not forget those pansies I planted!

7th Flip - Finished "After" Photos

All in all, I think it looks really nice, even if the changes are subtle.

The backyard, on the other hand, is a totally different story!  No subtle changes there – just big changes.

If you remember, it started out looking like this:

7th flip - before

There was that dreadful enclosed patio that had been added at some point (it had a leaking, flat roof and was just generally terrible – see an interior photo here), and another patio had been added which ate up a lot of the backyard.

We tore off the enclosed patio, and ripped up the concrete from the “extra” patio – instant backyard!

7th Flip - After

You can see that we painted the “horseshoe” of brick and left the rest of the house in its natural brick-glory.  We had no choice but to paint it because the brick in the enclosed patio had been painted so once we tore the patio off the painted brick butted up against the natural brick and looked super yucky.  See what I mean?

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You can see in the photo below how much of the backyard was taken up by the patio – from inside the house it looked like there wasn’t any grass at all.

7th flip - before

But Jason got to work laying sod, and now there’s plenty of room to play (the backyard extends around the back and side of the house as well).

7th Flip - Finished "After" Photos

And that’s a wrap on the exterior!  Up next, the bathrooms!

If you missed it, be sure to check out the kitchen and living areas of our 7th flip.

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  1. Jen R says:

    Gorgeous! If only I lived in Dallas…

  2. Sara says:

    How expensive was it to take out that leaded glass and replace with the Flemish glass ? We have a leaded glass front door that I would love to either replace or change out the glass. Just wondering how cost effective that would be. I’m also in the Dallas (suburbs) area.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Hi Sara! The Flemish glass itself was about $500, and I’m not completely sure how much the labor was to take out the old leaded glass and replace it because the labor wasn’t split up between the front door and the shower glass (it was all in the same invoice), but I’m guessing it was about $75. Not cheap, but definitely MUCH less expensive than a new door!

  3. Paul says:

    Your home looks lovely. However your weather looks totes amazables! Wish I was there :-(

  4. Aimee says:

    Looks terrific! You and the husband are doing an AMAZING job!

  5. qs777 says:

    Not sure what happened to my comment from yesterday, but I had wanted to know what charcoal color you used on the back patio doors. The whole house looks great!

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Thanks! Ugh, it was probably eaten by the spam filter. The paint color is Sealskin by Sherwin Williams. :)

  6. Great job in reducing the size of the patio. That must have been quite job taking out the extra concrete. The view in the back is much more inviting with the extra green grass.