The front of the house is shaded by four large oak trees (one is not pictured, it's just to the left of the frame). I've got a love/hate relationship going on with them. I love that they shade the house; that makes our summer electricity bills a lot easier to swallow. I like the way they look, individually. On the other hand, I don't like how close together they are planted and I HATE that they keep grass from growing. In a perfect world, I would just transplant two of them to the backyard, which has no trees at all. In the real world, they are still a problem we haven't yet figured out how to resolve.
|See the lack of grass? NOT fun to mow over this area. Ouch!|
You'll also notice the decrepit garage door, the dinky iron columns, and the dreary color palette. Thankfully, we do have a plan for those problems. More on that later.
|Look at that architecture. (Thank goodness) they just don't make 'em like they used to.|
- We always left the gate open so we could drive in/out easily, meaning we may as well not have had a fence.
- It was ugly.
So we (I) decided that we should move the fence line back to meet the house. We got a pretty good start on that, and then Madison was born. I haven't let Pat work on the fence since; I'm too eager to do "my" projects while he's home. Which is kind of pathetic because finishing would take him maybe two hours, and it would improve the appearance of our property by about thirty-seven points. Which is my way of saying a lot.
Goals for the Exterior(in no particular order):
- Trim the trees, have at least one tree removed.
- Improve drainage in the front yard/elevate so grass can grow.
- Replace the mailbox
- Replace the garage door
- Replace the roof
- Paint (and buy new for back) shutters
- Repaint door/molding
- Finish fence
- Plant trees in backyard
- Build patio & canopy for backyard
- Replace columns on front & back porches
- Replace light fixture on front porch
- Power wash siding
- Install lattice along bottom of house (for looks and to keep Bella from escaping)
P.S. Madison did well at her doctor's appointment. She is 85th, 95th, and 90th percentiles in her head circumference, weight, and length, respectively. And she cried for less than a minute over the shots. One lesson learned: I should bring my own band-aids. They only had boyish ones. :(