Monday, April 22, 2013

Here's the Plan, Stan

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. 

10 comments:

  1. It all sounds so great!! Can't wait to see all the lovely colors :)

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  2. Your door is aaaaaaamazing.

    If your heart is set on brick, but you don't have enough of what you already have, what about mixing in new brick throughout to make it not as noticeable?

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    1. That's a great idea, Ashley, but I'm not sure they make bricks the size we have anymore:/ We were told ours were handmade and they're larger than normal sized ones...but I'll definitely measure and see what my options are. Thanks for the input!

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  3. I too love that back door color! Maybe make the front door the same color? It would be really eye catching - especially if it goes well with whatever you use for the walk way and the chimney brick color. I have a question for you. Did you have to pay the nursery to come out to create the sketch for you and suggest plants, etc.? If so was it expensive? Our back yard is in some dire need for landscaping and the front could use some fixer-upper help to go with my uneducated attempt years ago. I'd love for someone to help me figure out what to put where, etc.

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    1. No, we didn't have to pay for the nursery to come out and draw up a plan. Isn't that an awesome service? We will be going back there to purchase what we need for this project. I have the same issue--I'm not so awesome at landscape design:/ And I end up nickel and diming us "getting by" every year. It definitely helps getting another person's perspective too. I would have never thought to curve out the walkway to the front of the house. Hope you can find someone to help!

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    2. Thanks Kat! I may just hit up a couple of nurseries in my area to see if I can get someone to bite and come out and help me plan it out. Looking forward to seeing your efforts take shape...may just give me some ideas!

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  4. Such a cute house and I love the new plans! This is so exciting. Ben and I have done this a few times and each time we got a bit more adventurous as our skill and pocketbook grew. Can't wait to see the progress! Good luck and GET DIGGING!

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  5. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be lovely. I adore white houses. *sigh*

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  6. Demo, one of my favorite words!

    I know you know we did the brick path with antique bricks a year or so ago Kat and one way to make them last is use pieces of new bricks to help you get around the curves. When you have a curve there is more space between one end of the rows and John broke up bricks and put them in between the rows in the spaces. (I know that makes no sense--I need to take a picture close up and send it to you). You can also use the new bricks as a border, even a double layered one, and just use the old ones in the center.

    We have several bricks in a pile left over in our yard I wish I could send to you!

    -Lane

    http://www.urbanorchardinteriors.com/brick-path-before-and-after/

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  7. Looks great. Azaleas you either love them or hate them. I am on the love boat but my sister thinks they are evil. ha. I really really hope the brick walkway works out!

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