Below is us posing in front of the debris from some of our early projects. For effect, we blackened the kids' teeth with chocolate. I hope it goes without saying that Ian's pipe is just a prop.
|This was going to be our Christmas card.|
The house, as it appeared when we moved in (1999).
We meant to paint it gray, but it turned out kind of purple.
A year ago, the front yard was in a shocking state. Jon put the motorcycle on the porch to protect it from Hurricane Sandy, where it lived for months and was a HUGE project to remove because by the time we attempted it, the courtyard had been built. I think he had to drive it right off the steps, although he sensibly did this when I wasn't home to fret at him about it.
Here's the house before it was painted, but after the courtyard was finished.
Now the house painting project is finished. As you may recall, this involved replacing much of the trim near the roof. It took several weeks, mainly because of rain.
Blue porch roof against the yellow.
From another angle. We still need some proper porch furniture.
Neat Carpentry. This corner had been damaged and was replaced.
New planters for my boxwoods.
Clearly, we prefer bold colors. I really wasn't sure at first, what color to paint the house. For a long time, I thought dark green would be nice. But when we were in Portugal, we saw so many beautiful houses painted this deep golden yellow, we decided we wanted that look. The front door needs so much work that it's a whole separate project for the future.
Now I can focus on painting the hall, and I have big plans for the kitchen but we won't be able to even think about that until Brigid graduates from college.