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.
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.
Custom exterior paint color.
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