Sunday, April 15, 2012

Curb Appeal

Now for the after shots of the front yard.....


We added a new lantern light fixture, new mail box, a doormat, and some lovely wooden planters with daisies.

The steps are now clear of ivy, and are no longer a safety hazard.  ;)

My mom and I spent a few hours ripping out the ivy around the lamp post - all the way down to the roots. Then we replaced the lamp post with a new one, and planted a garden around it. We finished the edge with some stones we bought in a pallet. 

Now we can actually see the lamp post! And it has an electrical outlet....a nice added feature.

We can actually see the house from the front sidewalk now.

The driveway is clear of ivy as well - makes it easier to see when backing out of the narrow driveway.

The left side of the house with a new garden and window boxes....

Looking down from the front porch.

The right side of the front garden. We also added some stones in the lawn to provide a walkway to the driveway.

Looking down from the front porch. You can see a bright pink azalea on the bottom - my favorite flower we bought.

On the left side of the lawn we planted an Asian Pear Tree. It's not blooming anymore (bright white flowers), but hopefully it will continue to grow.

On the right side we planted a Sunrise Dogwood - when it first blooms it has dark pink/red flowers, then they slowly turn to white. The flowers are still blooming, and they're beautiful. They are currently white with dark pink veins.

Lastly, the sidewalk - no longer a safety hazard either. Who knew we had a concrete wall underneath all of the ivy. 

Well, that's the front yard renovation. Eventually we want to paint the house a light grey color, and perhaps the front door a brighter red. We also want to replace the metal awning with some sort of portico - perhaps something like this house with the arch over the porch, or even something like this one with a small porch. Unfortunately those changes will have to wait a few years until we can finish the interior of the house.....but hey, a girl can dream....

Our New Old House!!!

It's taken me longer than I'd hoped to get these initial photos up, but hopefully it's worth the wait.  :)  Instead of posting all of the initial photos, I thought it would be more fun to show the before and after shots as we continue our home renovation. Although we're not tearing down too many walls, we've already done an incredible amount of work to the house and it looks better every day.

A few of you may know that my parents came a few weeks ago to help us out. We couldn't have done the front yard or the closet in our master bedroom without them, and we are so grateful for their help. My dad worked all weekend to put up a master bedroom closet wall and french doors, and they look amazing!! Hopefully we'll get the drywall finished soon, as well as the painting. My mom helped transform the front yard and fight the ivy which  had overgrown and taken over the lawn and lamp post. We cut most of it back, replaced the lamp post, created a new garden around it, dug up the existing gardens next the house, and put in window boxes. It looks so much better! I felt like we were on one of the episodes of Curb Appeal.  :)  Take a look.....


Do you see the lamp post behind Justin....leaning perilously to the left?

You can see the crazy amount of ivy and how it took over the lawn. In a few minutes I'll post the "after" photos.