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.
The photo above is current, and the photo below is from a few months ago:
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!
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:
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!
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?
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.
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).
And that’s a wrap on the exterior! Up next, the bathrooms!