As I mentioned in this post, I've been dying to get crackin' on the exterior of our house. And as you know, the inside is pretty much done (excluding the boys' bathroom) so it's exterior time. We pretty much haven't touched a thing out here since day one. Well...we did beef up our columns. They used to be puny little spindles but I found column wraps (?) at an auction a couple years ago and Mitch installed them right around the existing ones. We also replaced our front door with an oldie that we both love. It's solid oak and just gorgeous. (You can read about our "new" old door here.) We love all the extra light that is in our living room as a result of this door. And it has beveled glass, so really...what's not to love? I'm still trying to decide what to do with it--either leave it as is or paint it. I really want to leave it stained, but the door definitely needs some work which basically mean restaining and honestly I don't know if I'm really up for all that. So we'll see. (here's what our back door looks like) But as far as the landscape goes, nothing has changed. We planted a couple hostas up there and all the bulbs (daffodils and tulips) but other than that, it's pretty much the same as when we moved in. But that, my friends, is gonna change. And soon.
Here's the plan: DEMO, baby.
So we're ripping everything out and startin' fresh.
We're getting rid of our sweet cement walkway (wow, that's a huge yellow arrow) and replacing it with something else. We're not quite sure what though. Well actually, we'd like to use bricks that we salvaged from a house being torn down, but I'm not sure we have enough for a walkway. So we'll see about that one. And the walkway is going to curve out towards the front of the portico. We never use our front door. So if you visit, don't feel free to use our new walkway. It's just for looks. (maybe I should make a sign--"I'm just for looks. Go around back!" that'd be super inviting, huh?)
Here's the plan. We had a local nursery come out and draw this up for us:) And I'm excited about it. Do you see the new walkway? In the sketch, it's made out of some sort of paver/stone slab. So we may end up mixing materials here--brick and maybe slate? I don't know yet. But isn't it pretty? A curved walkway is so much more pleasing to the eye than a straight one.
I'm not overly crazy about azaleas so we might do a switcheroo with those. But everything else I'm good with and am just excited to start rippin' the old out. Let's get 'er done! So that's what's going on here. And of course I'll keep you posted all along the way.