And if I don't post pictures already, I'll never get around to it.
I'm going to do a bit at a time, and I think this will be a useful exercise because then I can post about what I plan to do for each room and then random people from the interwebz can criticize those decisions and leave me plagued with self-doubt and second-guessing myself. It will be awesome! (Also: That is why I don't have a DIY/Home Decor blog. That and I don't have the time, energy, or incessant cheerfulness required for such things. Although I do love reading them!)
So, here's the front of the house:
There are many things I love about the house, and the street view is one of them. I love the blond brick, I love the arch-shaped front door. There are a few things I don't love about the exterior as it is. I like having a screen door, but I'm thinking it might look better if it were black rather than cream colored. I don't think the screen door needs to be a focal point. We used a power washer on the front porch, which made a huge difference in getting off mossy green coloring. Even the mailman commented on how great it looked after David finished. I also want to change out the porch lights--they are these solid metal cylinders and they just don't do it for me. I think some oversized lantern-style lights would better suit the house. I like the sort that have seeded glass and oil-rubbed bronze--maybe like this?
The landscaping is pretty scraggly, although David already filled in a lot of it before I took this picture--it is even fuller now. The big green bushes are azaleas, which are lovely for like two weeks in the spring and then are just kinda meh. We have big plans for landscaping next summer--we want to do a two-level raised bed in the front to add texture and visual interest next to the porch. I love the dogwood tree, which blooms very lovely blossoms right outside the upstairs window, which will be Zuzu's "big girl" room.
Here's the back of the house:
My mom and Zuzu are playing in the yard. Along the right, you can see David's vegetable garden. Just a few tomatoes, squash, and herbs this year. We've already added a bit more landscaping to the back of the sided extension, where you can see the concrete foundation. Just some hastas and other plants that like the shade. If you look to the far right, you'll see a chicken-wire gate that leads to the chickens' house. On the privacy fence, you'll see a basket of flowers. That came with the house and--get this--the flowers are fake. Like polyester and plastic. We have since removed them!
As for future plans, we want to continue to spruce up the landscaping around the backyard, and add some additional seating on the patio (a storage bench would be useful). I'd like a table of some sort and David is talking ambitiously about a pergola, but we'll see how things go. The backyard is nice and shady in late afternoon, but the patio is quite sunny in the morning. It might be nice to have some kind of shaded canopy, but I'm thinking maybe a big umbrella would be sufficient...
The patio already looks quite a bit different than it does in the previous photo. We just splurged on new cushions for the patio furniture, and it's currently housing Zuzu's kiddie pool and water table. And David's already done a lot of work on the landscaping. He removed two overgrown Rose of Sharon bushes that were way too big for the space and he did this all on his own while I was out of town:
|My photo is terrible, but the plants are quite lovely, and that's a fountain in the middle.|
Here you see our a one-car garage with attached carport. The previous owners wanted to expand and have a two-car garage, but they couldn't find a match for the brick (evidently blond brick is hard to come by these days). So rather than build a garage and put siding on it, they decided to just attach a carport. It's super convenient for parking off the alley. (In the city neighborhoods here, all the houses back up to alleys, where there are dumpsters for recycling and trash and yard waste. Super convenient for walking the dog and throwing away poop bags! No one has attached garages because the lots just aren't made that way.) Eventually, David should be able to park his car in the garage, but right now it's still full of stuff that needs to find a home or be donated to find another home.
From the carport, you can see another view of the chik'n sisters' quarters:
Also pictured: Dogg butt, Grammy, and cute baby.
And a closer look:
Their run is between the house and the privacy fence next door. We're lucky that our neighbors have been very gracious about the chickens. David made a point to mention the chickens with our neighbors on both sides. He explained that he takes very good care of them and cleans their cage regularly, but told the neighbors to please speak up if they ever think it's stinky or too loud. And yes, we also bribed them with gifts of fresh eggs. (The girls took about a week to get settled after the move but have been laying regularly ever since.) They do get to wander the back yard pretty frequently, but we're glad they have even more room at this house than they did at the old house. Cooper has been pretty good about ignoring them; however, we make him go inside when they're in the backyard. We're not taking any chances.
So that's the outside of the house. Now I need to take pictures of the inside. No point in waiting until things are all put together, right? I'll keep it real and show the "in progress" photos.
Speaking of progress, someone is really proud of herself for standing up on her own!
She's getting so big. Birthday party, here we come!