Ch Ch Change……

Even though you wouldn’t know it from my blog posts, things have been changing around here on the lil’ ol’ house.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen bits of the progress, but I’m finally sharing some photos today on the blog.

If you remember from this past post, this is what our home looked like when we purchased it, about 4.5 years ago:

Our Home Then

Not totally awful, right? It was overgrown, and a festival of rusty-red, but I really liked the cape cod style, I like the architectural lines, and I was excited for what we could do with it.  Notice that it had rusty-red (peeling) shutters, rusty red door, rusty red bushes on the left, and you can’t see it, but a red brick walkway and a rusty red painted front porch floor.  Rust red, I tell you.  A festival of red.

Over the next few years, we did some minor work, nothing too costly, trying to reduce the rusty red by painting the shutters.  The other red items (like the porch floor and roof) were not really something simple to change.  Here’s how the house looked last fall:

Now home 1 exterior sarahandtheboysblog{this is not last night.  This is an old photo from last fall, lest you be confused}

Less red.  But oh so green and pretty {spring/summer/fall, please come back quickly!}

Now, I don’t hate red.  But this house has way too much rust red.  For the last few years I’ve been eying different homes, looking for inspiration on what direction to head with this home.

From my pinterest boards:

inspiration image 2 Via Miss Mustard Seed

What a beautiful home, huh?  Check out her post for more views of this home.  Between her great photography skills and this great home, it’s a good one to just sit and drool over 🙂

Also, this home had the style that I was going for:

AD Plan via Sarahandtheboysblog.comvia

This home design actually looks quite similar to ours!  I really liked the gray/slate roof.

Nathan and I drove around town and looked at a lot of roofs, and were nervous about our home, because our siding is just the slightest off-white.  It’s not cream or tan, or even ivory, but it’s not 100% bright white.  I worried the cool color of the roof would clash with the slightly off-white siding.  We debated going for a weathered wood color (which I don’t think would have been a bad choice).  But we decided the weathered wood was the “safe” choice, and this colonial slate would hopefully pop more, stand out more, and not be like every other house on the street.  But it’s a nervewracking decision!  Roofs are not cheap!  It’s not like a coat of paint that you can just re-paint later if you don’t like it or get sick of it.  But we went ahead and made the plunge.

We crossed our fingers and I felt nervous, but the contractor was waiting, so we couldn’t tarry any longer.  Besides, our kids were sick of looking at random roofs.  Y’all, if you knew how much we deliberated over paint colors, you can imagine how tough of a decision this was for us!

I had sweaty palms.  Would it clash with the chimney?  Clash with the siding?  Eek!

Turns out all my worry was for naught, we love the color.  Here it is today:

front of home jan 15

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why the roofline to the the left looks crooked in this photo, because it’s not in real life.  Mysteries of photography, I tell you.

house today 1We didn’t just re-roof our home because we were sick of the red roof, because actually the roof was in fine shape and had a several more years of life left in it.  We are re-roofing the home because we are transforming our existing garage into a living space, and so we now have a new garage to replace the one that is no longer a garage.  It didn’t make sense to put an addition on without changing the roof.

Here are a few shots of the addition:

garage viewThe two windows to the right are the old garage (it was an oversized two-car space), the three bays to the left and the door are the new space.  Here’s a view from the top:

20150119_162214To get an idea of the space, here’s a sketchup image that Nathan made:

Screenshot 2014-08-24 15.11.15

As you can see, we’ll have a new patio, which excites me to no end.  But in the meantime, we have this:

backyard viewThe mud around here is overwhelming and all-consuming.  Seriously, I could spend all day cleaning my floors, but I’m just getting used to mud in the house, because there is no way to avoid it.  They will finish grading and pour concrete when it is a little warmer.  For now, we are the muddiest house on the block, for sure.

We are just beginning this major project, and I need to come up with a clever name for this new segment of posts you’ll see from time to time.  For now, I’m calling it the mud diaries. 🙂  {clever names are currently being accepted!}

We found a great contractor that was willing to work with our needs.  We wanted someone that would do the addition properly, and basically get it all done from the exterior, an then we can take it from there.  They have been GREAT and have moved very efficiently.  As fast as things have moved over these last few weeks, it’s going to be sad to start seeing the snail’s pace at which we move now that we have to take over!

I have a feeling we’ll be living in mud for some time to come:

hunter boots{little note: we are not just adding on to our home just because we need more room, because, in fact, I’m having a hard time keeping up with the space I have.  There is a long-term plan for this space that I won’t go into now, but please know we are actually quite satisfied with what we had before this addition.  Though I am over the moon about my dreamy slate roof) 🙂

More home improvement posts to come!


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