Well, it’s been a long time since my last post. We got distracted with life and pinterest! Lots of photos ended up on pinterest but I am going to try and go through and update what we ended up doing for each of the rooms. I think we stopped with the exterior!
I will try to post pictures and info about each of our rooms so maybe it will help someone else that is thinking about going through this process. I used so many blogs, pinterest photos, etc when building our home. I was frozen without a reference photo. It’s hard not to be able to give specifics to your builder and not be clear on exactly what you will end up with.
For now, here is a photo of the completed house.
I love it. I am thankful that we have this to call home. David and I have always admired white, Greenwich, CT inspired homes and I feel like we accomplished it with ours. Here are some additional exterior photos-
We were able to keep the cedar shake roof. The middle section(front) stayed up throughout the build and our builder was able to remove and save the old shakes from the two side sections that were taken down to the ground and rebuilt. They used the original shake on the front portion of the home when they put the roof back on and we added new cedar shake to the rear and sides and it has already the patina of the original shake.
We enlarged the lower bluestone patio so we were able to include two facing benches which I love! All of the boxwoods we requested too. I picked up the house numbers from Home Depot and installed them myself! The light is from Ballard Designs. All of my friends know I love Ballards and frequent the outlet weekly but I had to actually order this one which was painful for me!
The planters I ordered from Restoration Hardware. I saw them pictured with the door color and the bluestone patio on a website and loved them. See, pictures help! The benches we procured from Hayneedle which is one of my new favorite online shopping sites!
I spent many hours online looking at exterior wall lanterns. There are many good looking lanterns. These made me smile when I came upon them and the Liberty Bell look had an olden charm that spoke to me so this was the clear winner!
The rear of the home is perhaps the biggest exterior change. We redid everything but kept the front true to its original build. The rear of the house, however, got a complete overhaul. We basically shaved off the back of the house and put an addition across the entire back. Thanks for Stephen Fuller, our architect, it is beautiful and light-filled like we had hoped.
We painted all of the brick that remained and the brick that was added to match the house. That is one of the easiest ways to update an older home- ugly brick? Paint it!
Lastly, the elevated patio which was one of the biggest nightmares to envision and create turned out to be both useful and pretty. Peacock Pavers from Atmore, Alabama was our paver choice because it does not heat up, even in the full sun.
That’s all for now. I will start on the inside next!