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The outside is complete

The outside is complete

Before and After, My Home

After (with all my flowers in bloom)
The outside of our house is finally done!  I am so excited about how it turned out.  
I believe everything on the house is new except for the brick and the bottom windows.  
I have always LOVED the look of Hardy board and Shacks!  I couldn’t be more please with the way it all turned out.  
As part sale we got a new roof.  As you can see from the above picture you can’t really see the brick.  Once all the wisteria was torn down my heart sank as the roof and the brick didn’t match.  
I am sure our contractor hated me through this process as I kept changing my mind on colors, but I knew somehow we could make the brick and roof at least look good together.  
I was so nervous but it came together even better than I expected! 

My husband wrapped all the posts with Hardy Board.  If you are not familiar with Hardy board it is a great product.  It is actually a cement board you paint.  It holds the paint for 30 years.  So if you get sick of the color of your house…just repaint it!  It is also very durable and doesn’t rot!

Once all the posts were wrapped and painted Devin put up the railings!  They are vinyl so they don’t require any maintenance.

I am in love with the flag stone planter my husband made for me!  It is so beautiful I can’t wait for the potato vines and wave petunias to hang over the wall!

The shakes are actually vinyl.  We wanted them to have a texture and look as though they were real wood.  Vinyl is the closest to that as we found!

I really couldn’t be more happy with the end result!  It is a great feeling to have it done and now be able to enjoy it!

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  1. Kimberly
    May 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Beautiful Crafstman look. I miss a front porch.

  2. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    May 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Oh it is stunning. Such a fabulous transformation. I love it. Hugs, Marty

  3. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
    May 29, 2012 at 2:51 am

    WOW!! What a beautiful transformation!!

  4. Kim Rosema
    May 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    W.O.W!!! That is an amazing transformation!! Please come tell me what to do with my house. Seriously a fabulous change!

    If you have time, I would love for you to share this on my link party:

    Thanks and have a great day!

  5. ThompsonFamily
    May 30, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I bet your neighbors fell like its a completely different house on their block! It looks amazing…Everything turned out great!!

  6. Carri
    May 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    What a difference …. WOW!!!!! The house and yard looks great!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!!


  7. Elyse
    June 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, doesn't even look like the same house! What a big project! Good choice with the Vinyl railings….you won't be painting them white every spring like me…..

  8. Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer
    June 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Beautiful transformation. It's great that now you can see the house! It honestly doesn't look like the same house. Thanks for sharing you lovely home over at Sunday's Best!

  9. My name is Rita
    June 26, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Oh my goodness!! What a beautiful transformation.

  10. jennibell
    July 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    This is incredible!!! How you saw the potential in the mess you bought is a true gift. Bet your neighbors are happy 🙂 Did you have a landscape architect too or did you do that on your own?

  11. Ann @ I blog, therefore I am.
    June 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm


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    June 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm


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  14. Donna
    June 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Wow.I wonder if the former owners have seen this. What an incredible change. I'll be poking around your blog tonight to see what other amazing things you've done.

    • startadmin
      June 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you Donna I hope you enjoy your stay!!

  15. jennifer
    June 7, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Visiting from Better After–Absolutely stunning what you've done with the yard! I got sucked into the transformations you've done inside your house as well. Love your style!

  16. jennifer
    June 7, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Visiting from Better After–Absolutely stunning what you've done with your house! I got sucked into the transformations you've done inside as well. Love your style!

  17. Alison
    June 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    It's beautiful now!!! Wow!

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