I have always been the type of person to look at something and see its potential, which is why homes deemed as “fixer uppers” have never scared me. There is a feeling you get from fixing up a home that you don’t get with buying a new one. It is greater than accomplishment and greater than just adding value… Especially when the house is your own. I cannot describe the felling but it definitely warms my heart. <3
After a lot of $aving, and even more planning, Erick and I are giving our front porch a much needed facelift.The renovation began last week and so much has already been done… I feel like I’m behind on the posts! AAAH!
If you’ve been keeping up with things, you know that the home we currently live in was once my grandmother‘s and holds a very special place in my heart. Before moving in though, I really wanted to make the place my own, so little by little, one room at a time, I renovated it to my liking. (I really need to do more posts on this!) I cut out walls, added a window seat, added crown and base molding, put new flooring down, freshened up the paint, and all of this happened before Erick and I were even married! In fact, the first night in our home together, the only furniture we had was a bed and a small table. I hadn’t even moved in all the way myself. Ha! No dining room table, sofas, or even desks. We have come so far, and I am so proud of our little Chateaux de Yanta! 🙂
Back to the front porch… The house has never had a full front porch, only a small landing and some steps to the front yard. I grew up in the country where sitting on the front porch sipping tea and watching the rain fall was a real thing! Naturally, when I moved I really missed that. A little over a year in, we are finally filling in the porch, and adding new steps, a sidewalk, and updating part of the driveway. The curb appeal really got the back burner when it came to updates since the two of us were mainly worried about getting the inside nice.
I think it is also important to mention that although the house did already have steps and a sidewalk, they had pulled away from the home and settled, and the sidewalk was unusable because plants had completely overgrown in the entire area. When we removed the plants, a neighbor even told me he didn’t even know what our house looked like! Pictures of this will be on the next post for Week 1, but our home already looks a lot bigger from the outside.
Phase two of the reno will be LANDSCAPING, and since gardening is one of my favs, I am super excited to do this!
Here are a few before pictures of our casa so you can see what I mean. You will see where the steps settled and pulled away, as did a portion of our driveway, and where the columns are not connected.
House in 2013
House in 2016
Week 1 with our home is already DONE, so I cannot wait to share the new photos with you. 🙂 There is a huge difference in the way our home looks already.
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Until next time… XOXO