Saturday, January 3, 2015

Exterior update

This winter, Husband and I decided to redo the exterior of the house.  The house was originally baby blue and a previous owner had painted the vinyl siding a color we have heard referred to as "dirty salmon." 
The original plan was to paint the siding but once we began power washing it, the orangey paint started peeling off.  As odd as the color was, it actually worked with the stone chimney as the stones have oranges in them. We chose to pull the grout color from the chimney and use that as the new siding color. In addition, we opted for the larger 6" wide beaded siding as opposed to the traditional thin slats.  For the roof, we went for an architectural shingle with a dark, warm charcoal color and red flecks.  This coordinated with the warm tones from the stone. Windows were our final venture this month.  Instead of the traditional windows with grates, we went with sliders.  This maximized the glass surface area and allowed for a cleaner, more modern look. The views from this house are far too pretty to be cluttered with grates.  Our dining room used to have a sliding glass door that we lovingly referred to as "the door to nowhere" as it literally led to nothing.  
We had several options. On the left side of the picture you can see where the back porch ends.  That part of the porch will be screened in on the top half and have siding along the bottom half.  We could have extended that porch down 10 more feet to meet up with the door.  This was a bad option. It would have been costly as we'd have to extend the roof too.  Also, it would have covered 1 of the 3 basement windows that falls directly below the door.  That option was nixed.  The only other option was to make it a window.  We didn't need a door there as 15 feet to the left of it are French doors that lead to the back porch and 25 feet to the right are sliding glass doors that lead to the pool patio.  It was redundant as a door.  Window option won.  The windows guys built a short knee wall and installed a massive window.  It's perfect.  At some point it'll get mudded, trimmed, and painted but that's just not today.  

Here are the befores and afters. 
Once spring comes with green grass and newly planted flowers, this place will look a million times better. In fact, I just ordered all of my seeds for my garden and many of the flowers I want to grow. I'm still looking for a short, bushy, colorful border flower/ leaf for my beds.  At this point I'm thinking sweet potato vines and petunias but if you have any other ideas- please share! :) 

We saved all the old windows and are hoping to turn them into a greenhouse this spring- not sure if that project will be a success or not but it's worth a try! 

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