I know that another Before & After post is long overdue. I have been wanting to show you what the exterior of the house looks like, but was holding off until our magnolia was in full bloom. The tree started to bloom a few weeks ago, but then we had rains. Today was the perfect day to capture the dramatic before and after of our house remodel.
The first thing you will probably notice is the fence. This was an important feature for us, as we wanted to contain our little ones, but also wanted to add some privacy so we can hang out up front. The front yard gets the morning sun, while the backyard gets the afternoon sun. I didn’t think a white picket fence would fit into the design of the house, so came up with this clean rectilinear design. At the foot of the fence I have a narrow planter box built in which we filled with pebbles and some tufts of grass. I remember seeing a show with John Gidding and he mentioned that it was nice to think of the community when building a fence. So the grasses are my attempt to soften the fence in order to be friendlier to the community. I’ve actually received a number of compliments on the fence from people walking by with their strollers, or walking their dogs so I think it the grasses worked.
I am not a big fan of brick. If I had it my way, all the brick around the house would be gone. But budget wise, that wasn’t feasible. instead we removed the concrete front yard and removed the brick path to the house. We poured custom large format concrete pavers to lead to the front door and filled in with small pebbles, the latter was very much inspired by the other mid-century homes. Next to the path we put in grass, but as you can see from the picture the grass isn’t doing too well. We are trying to figure out what to plant instead of grass, or get rid of grass entirely. We need to further explore our option… to be continued.
The big thing of course was painting the whole exterior, this immediately gave the house a whole new vibe. To see our paint selection go here. The front porch greatly benefits from being cleaned up and getting new windows. I tried to maintain the look of the original windows, but then beefed them up a little with some molding. Speaking of windows, on some before pictures you can see that there were two small windows on the upper level and that we got rid of in favor of one larger window.
The big wow moment comes from our yellow front door. In fact, we’ve become known as the house with the yellow door. I love how cheery and welcoming the door feels.
I also want to highlight the paint colors. As I mentioned previously, the stucco color would have been hard to match to the siding color, so instead of painting them the same color, I went for two different colors which you can see in this last picture. I really like how this worked out and think it adds greater depth to the volumes of the house. What do you think?
Here are some details you may be interested in:
Exterior Patio chairs from Ikea (from 10 years ago)
Outdoor cushions from Crate and Barrel
Front Door from Crestview door
Front door hardware from Build
Welcome mat from Target ( no longer available)
All paint from Benjamin Moore