Hey guys! It seems as if I'm having a hard time blogging these days, but that doesn't mean work isn't getting done around the Hertzler house. Let me show ya what's been happenin'. First of all, you know we got all new windows (check that out here). Then around the windows went the black trim. Yum. Just yesterday our back door was trimmed out in black also to complete the look in the back of the house (I'd show ya a pic of the entire back but there were literally 5 million toys thrown all over the yard...one of these days).
You can read about our orange door here. And if you follow MLST on Facebook, you know I'm itchin' to switch out the orange for another fun color (leaning toward teal).
Here's what the trim looked like before. Mitch trimmed it out (with wood) after he sided the back of the house (which reminds me...I should blog about that project).
The black trim went right on top of the white wood trim. It's aluminum=no paint upkeep. (And yes, our gutters need a desperate coat of white and yes, it was raining out when I took these pics...just had to show you guys!)
Here are the side windows (the one on the left is the master bathroom window and the two on the right are the master bedroom windows). I love how they pop now.
Some progress was made on our walkway. I removed some more grass to widen it. The weed blocker fabric still needs to go down, then our walkway. We're still not totally 100% sure what we're doing for a walkway. We were going to do bricks, but we probably don't have enough for the job.
Bryce and I had a great system--I would remove the sod and he would collect any grubs he saw. He placed them in his cup then fed them to the chickens next door. Ha!
I saw this picture in the March issue of BHG, and thought it was a nice option for a walkway. It's pea gravel with large stepping stones. I called the local nursery where we got all our shrubs for the front (they sell pea gravel too), and it's only around $30 for a scoop (a bit more than a half ton). So it's a pretty economical choice. Plus I like the look. Win/win, right? What do you think?
And the next thing that was done is under the windows. EEK! I'm very excited about this part.
This is what it used to look like under there--just boring siding that always looked dirty.
We had "our guys" take the siding off, then frame it out and add Azek on top, which is a decking material. I LOVE how it turned out. It just breaks up the siding look a bit.
So this is currently the state of the exterior of the house (I still have to show you what we did over on the right side...it's cut out of the pic here.)
So the other day while perusing the April issue of BHG, I came across this picture. And now I have dreams. BIG dreams. (Nothing new, right?)
I was shocked at how much that house looked like our house, with some added character, that is. So I looked into it further and discovered that the owner of the house is also an interior designer and she added those additional pitches to the roof for architectural interest (something that ranchers are oftentimes lacking in). I think they look amazing. So you know what's now on my list of "things to do to our house." ;)
Here's the to-do list from this post. Progress is being made. Yippee!!
What's left to do:
Tear out the arborvitae on the right hand side Purchase and plant the azalea and cherry laurels Define the border of the beds
- Purchase and lay the weed barrier
- Lay the brick (??) walkway
- Tile the concrete slab on portico (we're thinking about putting the brick here)
Replace pendant light RefinishReplace front door
And somewhere down the road:
- Spruce up portico (beef up the posts, arch the ceiling, etc)
- Add dormers/pitches to roof
So that's where we're at. I'm really happy to be finally chipping away at the exterior of our house. It's been a long time coming!