Exterior Renovation Plans

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Exterior Renovation Plans


it's no secret that we don't have the most attractive house on the block.
but it's also no secret that we aren't afraid to tackle a good project.
i have to admit - buying this house wasn't exactly my choice.
but it made the kids and jon most happy and them being happy makes me happy.
i was scared of the exterior.
i was scared of the unknowns.
i was scared of the pool.
i was scared of the uneven garages.
i was scared of the corner lot.
so many things.
a part of me wanted a house we could just move into and live and be.
and that was our plan with this house.
until things started happening.
and small projects turned into big projects.
and our list just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
before we moved we had already met with a contractor about making the front of our home better.
it needed MAJOR curb appeal.
MAJOR.
notice the bold large all caps font.
i don't even know where to begin.
the red landscaping bricks that don't match.
all of that landscaping rock - ugh, my heart belongs to mulch.
and all that dead space over the garages.
don't even get me started on the window placement.
BUT - we knew that there was hope.
and we were ready to bring hope to this house that we know we are going to be at for at least the next ten years.
our contractor showed us some renderings.
and we were in love!
but with love comes a pretty big dollar value.
whew - but this gave us a good starting point.
from here we developed a plan:
new garage doors with windows.
fix the uneven garages - which is structural.  
and i pretty much think the word structural also rhymes with expensive.  
i mean geesh.  
but it's a must.  
adding the overhang was just trying to "cover up" the uneven garages which wasn't going to get us anywhere.
especially staying here for the next ten years.
so we needed to make that happen.
ok, back to the plan
new shutters too.
the garage doors and shutters will be in a chocolate color.
i know - so much brown - but adding any other color scares me.
the garages will also be trimmed out in white.
which will help break up all of the brown on the bottom too i hope.
as far as over the garages.
we needed something - BAD.
the overhang is great, but adding the over hang meant changing the roof above the portico too.
which meant more money.
and the portico was only a few years old.
so we thought, how about a garage pergola.
have you ever called around to places and asked if they sell garage pergolas.
they look at you like you have 6 heads.
in fact a certain big chain store proceeded to tell me i have a very odd request and my design style seemed off.  well i will just go ahead and cut up my card for your store Mr. Menard....
and take my off design style somewhere else.
so image this:
what a beauty!!
i am super excited for this to get installed.
we are working with a local vinyl fencing company and they are custom making this.
because the mile and a half that spans over our garages ins't anywhere near custom.
shocking - i know.  lol.
and then after that comes concrete, new retaining wall and stone on the columns.
all quite a ways down the road.....
but in the plan.
what i really can't wait for is the most important part of all of this.
with a new driveway comes one very important feature.
an in-ground basketball hoop.
once that is up - my life is complete.
let the one on ones commence.

kidding - landscaping - ugh, landscaping is next.
my black thumb is thrilled.....
march is going to be a busy month for the exterior of our home.
fingers crossed it all turns out good!
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