Exterior – Before & After

Who doesn’t love a good before & after? Recently, on Instagram I’ve shared about all the work we are doing to the outside of our home. It wasn’t until I looked at a “before” picture that I realized what a difference we’ve made! It all started when we decided to put in a new driveway, walkway, and garage floor. We couldn’t put in a new walkway, without brick pavers (of course!) and we couldn’t put in brick pavers without new landscape, and we couldn’t put in new landscape without new shutters! Sound familiar? 🙂 The list goes on and on. That’s how MANY projects around here go. We tackle several things at once, then we take a break for a while (a.k.a. save our pennies) and then tackle another big project.

BEFORE:AFTER:This project is not quite finished but we’ve reached a stopping point until next year. Come spring time, we plan to add some ground cover and other plants to add some dimension and variety to our landscape beds.

Brett and I were talking just last night about what has made the biggest impact – He voted landscape lighting, I think these Hortsmann Blue Atlas Cedars. These trees remind me of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. They offer a beautiful blue / green and also soften the corners of the exterior.

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Like I mentioned, we put in a new driveway and garage floor. Brett has his own landscape company so he knows a thing or two about how to make a lawn look amazing! He put in an irrigation system, landscape lighting, over-seeded, put in boulders, and put in all new foundation plantings. We also worked together to build new shutters (DIY Exterior Shutters How-To Guide).

Our style is very much organic and natural – Before our house seemed tailored and rigged – Manmade brick landscape siding, trailed hedges, old school shutters, etc.  Now, when we pull up to our house I feel as though the outside matches the inside. It feels warm and inviting.
Exterior - Before & After

A look at the house at night. Landscape lighting = Game changer.

Custom exterior paint color.

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    November 30, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing the name of those trees, I’m considering getting one to use in our landscaping. What kind of bush is in your front window? In the “before” pic it looks to have white blooms. I enjoy your blog!

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    donna fiebig
    April 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    would you mind telling me what (gray) color you used on the exterior of your home

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    December 2, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Would you mind sharing the exterior color info? It does not show the custom exterior paint color info on your blog. Thanks for your time. Love your home.

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