Outside of giving birth to the kids & getting married, I think the biggest highlight for me as an adult was buying our first home. I wrote about it here, how it was love at first sight, along with the good, bad & the ugly. The characters & features of our home had me right when I entered the door. It’s a small cottage home that was built in the 1920′s. Soon after we bought our home, we found out it was a Sears Catalog Home & we realized we lived right in the heart of several streets full of Sears Catalog Homes. It’s a wonderful area, full of charm, big trees, great yards & cottage homes with unique styles that you can never find nowadays.
But like all older homes our house needed some major work, especially on the exterior. We had 3 kids in 2 & a half years. Our focus has mainly been on the inside of the house. Making room & remodeling especially when we found out we were expecting twins. But thankfully back in the Fall our exterior started getting some much needed attention.
When we purchased our home, the previous owners had a love affair with hunter green & deep red. I do believe they were stuck in the 1990′s & could never find their way out. Bless their hearts. So basically we lived with that color combo on our porch for almost seven years. Day in & day out we would go in & out of our house experiencing that color combo chipping & peeling away for 7 years. So here’s the before & afters. A picture is worth 1000 words. So I’ll let them do most of the talking.
The shake is a vinyl. We originally thought we would just get the first eave of the house done in the shake, but thankfully the contractor recommended doing both. The shake is what “makes” the house, I believe. It gave us the most bang for our buck! For both eaves, material & labor the total was $440.00. We couldn’t believe it. I had always wanted to have shake up there when we first moved in. Knowing now how it looks and the “pop” it gave our little white box house, we should have done this a long time ago for the money. We were truly & pleasantly surprised.