Things have been happening! All sorts of goodness has happened inside our 10th flip, but the outside is getting some serious love as well.
We now have super awesome windows. They have totally changed my relationship with this house from a strong like to a deep love. Remember how the front of the house used to look?
And here it is now, looking all proud of its snazzy windows:
The bay window was a particularly beastly window to deal with – from a design standpoint I didn’t love it, and replacing the bay with a boxed window wasn’t an option due to framing. However, my mom (the queen of all good ideas) suggested replacing the six panes of glass (and zillions of mullions) with three larger ones to modernize the look a bit. It was genius, and helped dramatically to get the front of the house looking how we want it to.
Of course, making that change meant a little brick work was needed at the bottom (final result not shown), and the wood trim at the top and on the interior will need to be fixed, but those little fixes are worth it for the new look.
Let’s admire a few more of those new windows!! The photo below is of the master bedroom – it gets lots of light, and I especially love how the windows turned out in here – horizontal sliders look so cool!
The game room…
The kitchen window…
In addition to fixing the bay window, the mason has also been hard at work bricking in the windows that we got rid of, fixing a cracked brick wall, and repairing the brick around the expanded kitchen window.
And while I type this, he’s bricking in the laundry room addition – I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!! Super yay.
We also added a fence! Horizontal fences make my heart go pitter pat, and this one is no exception. It will be stained (color to be determined), but I think we’ll probably try to get something close to the color of the neighbor’s fence so that everything blends together.
It’s sooooo much better than the chain link fence that used to be there. And the backyard feels so much more private now!
(We bumped the fence in a bit by the gate so that the gas meter would be on the alley-side of the fence, rather than in the backyard.)
(The scrollwork was cut off the gate after this photo was taken. Don’t worry. :) )
Did you notice the horizontal slat wall on the front porch? I don’t have any great pictures but I am totally in love with it. Horizontal slats for everyone!
Paint samples for the exterior have gone up. I’m planning on creamy white brick and trim, with dark doors. I need to pick a color soon, wish me luck! Right now I’m leaning towards one of the 3 on the left…I think.
Finally, we nailed down a plan for the front landscaping. We thought it made sense to spend a few bucks sprucing it up and, hopefully, the investment will pay off. Here’s the design scheme we’ve signed off on:
We’re getting closer to turning this construction site into something presentable! Kitchen cabinets are being delivered on Monday…cue the anticipation!!