Changes to the Exterior

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?

10th Flip - Before

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.

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

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!

Changes to the Exterior

The game room…

Changes to the Exterior

The kitchen window…

Changes to the Exterior

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.

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

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.

Changes to the Exterior

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.

Changes to the Exterior

It’s sooooo much better than the chain link fence that used to be there.  And the backyard feels so much more private now!

10th Flip - Before

Changes to the Exterior

Changes to the Exterior

(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.)

Changes to the Exterior

(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.

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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:

landscaping plan

We’re getting closer to turning this construction site into something presentable!  Kitchen cabinets are being delivered on Monday…cue the anticipation!!

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  1. Jen says:

    Looking good!! Your mom is always full of good ideas!:)

  2. Janet says:

    First thing, yes those windows look so much better! I never understand why people want to block the view with a million little lines…
    Second, your mason really earned his pay cheque. What a fabulous job – it’s almost impossible to see where those windows used to be!
    Last, I love your plan for the landscaping. It will be much more interesting than the hedge alone. May I also suggest using a dark mulch? My parents put it in at their place this summer – it really makes a light coloured house pop and makes the garden area look neat and tidy (plus it’s good for water retension in the garden).

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

      Hi Janet! I was also super impressed with our mason – we’ve used him before but this is the most work he’s done for us and we feel really lucky to have him! And I’m totally with you on the dark mulch – I actually already had a whole conversation with the landscaper about it, ha!

  3. Aimee says:

    Lots of awesome changes happening! It always amazes me how many tiny, but important details and decisions you have to make. Loving all your updates and choices. Back yard looks sooo much larger. The back den is so large and light. Love this house!

  4. Kayla says:

    Looking so good!!! Can’t wait to see the finished result!! Everything you do is so awesome:)
    I’m in the middle of painting my brick home right now….do your painters spray or roll your jobs?
    Keep up the great work!

  5. Becky says:

    we are in need of new windows. any chance of getting the contact info? thanks, Becky

  6. Jessie says:

    Some of those images can never convey how much work goes into making those images look amazing. This is hard work and after having helped build a home we don’t realize the time and energy it takes to make such a beauty

  7. Andrea says:

    What a difference the windows make. It makes it look more high end and modern. I love the fence! I like my privacy and that fence for sure gives you your privacy:).

  8. Holly says:

    Wow, wow, wow! Really motivating to have come across your blog. My partner and are nearly done with our first renovation, it’s fun (and time consuming!). Look forward to following your next 10 flips!

  9. AC Repair says:

    Wow, looks real nice. Good work. Full of ideas