tour: part I, exterior

last week i tried to give you a look at the floorplan so today i thought i'd start taking you on a tour. i'm going to break this up into multiple posts because even though it's only 1200 sq ft of space, it comes with a load of gd baggage.

exterior: front

summer 2009

i almost forgot just how cute our house can be when someone actually loves on it! i would say not much has changed because we haven't actually done anything to it (which is a big part of the problem) aside from take down the metal awnings over the windows but holy shit, it looks so different! the exterior has the biggest & most expensive repairs needed so i try to ignore it because what am i supposed to do when there is no money to fix it? i'm pretty sure that putting your head in the sand always works for problem solving. the roof, wood siding, gutters & fence all need to be replaced & we need several piers placed; just to name a few totally inexpensive things. (insert eye roll emoji)

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2010

 

a year into living here i was pretty good at keeping up with it. i discovered how beautiful black mulch was & just went with whatever plantings were already there. i wanted to be that person that enjoys gardening. weeeellll. i am not. i hated the amount of landscaping that came with this house. i just knew it wasn't realistic for two people who have no interest in yard work so shortly after these pictures were taken in 2011 when everything had pretty much died already, i ripped out the flowerbed around the tree & let the grass grow up to the house. i am 100% at peace with that decision. i'm about to rip out the foot wide bed that follows the sidewalk too because i just can't keep up with it. i'm horrible, i know!

side note: why do people paint their porches red or green? it that just a oklahoma thing? i see it a lot & i hate it. i've managed to scrape most of it off the top but the stair treads are so stingy!

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from 2011 to 2015, i just kind of let everything do its own thing. we mowed & occasionally weeded the flower beds but that was it. i had our yard guy (i miss you homero!) completely clean out our remaining flower beds last year (they were insane!) so i could start from scratch. 6/8 of the plantings are still alive so i am a success in my eyes. i worked really hard to lay weed blocker down along the west side of the house with the best of intentions to lay rock but that took me another year to get to. oops!

2016

at this exact moment, the flower beds are a wild mess. i need to get out there & pull a bunch of weeds. alison @ deuce cities henhouse has actually motivated me this year to get our yard back in shape. (if you don't know who she is, you should check her out!) the lawn had become a mud hole over the last year so i seeded, weeded & fertilized this year. it's made some progress but still has a long way to go. i am now seeing that i need to do some serious pruning & tree trimming out there. when did our house get swallowed by the crate myrtle's & pecan tree??

exterior: back

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2009

i could sit and cry looking at how good our backyard looked when we bought the house. it is a disaster zone now. that fence that looked brand new & so pretty when we moved in turned out to be a cruel joke. it didn't take long to realize that it was put up in haste just to look good for the sale so now there are parts that are falling down & all of the boards are warped & curling inward because they used 2 horizontal support beams instead of the regular 3. the grass has also taken a lot of damage from our dogs & all of the flower beds have either been removed or died & left to rot. the placement of the flower beds in the back of the yard are very awkward & i've never been able to figure out what to do with them. i don't have a good picture of them but they are 2 half circles that float about 3 feet off the fence. one is around the tree (makes sense to have a flower bed there at least) & the other is a couple of feet west of the tree. i should probably just take them out & go from there. we used to use our backyard & garage for "entertaining" (getting drunk & playing ping-pong) on a weekly basis but it's been years since we've done that so we've had no motivation to make it look good. the dogs don't seem to care what it looks like.

one day i'd love to paint the brick a dark charcoal or even black (everything is better in black). i personally love the look of painted brick but even if i didn't, the idiots before us apparently didn't know how to caulk or paint so the brick is ruined around every area with trim. not to mention there are a lot of differences in the mortar between our bricks from all of the repairs over the years. once the weather is not awful & 100 degrees, i'll be working on rehabbing all 18 windows. they all need to be re-caulked, painted & sealed. it will be a huge undertaking but i think it will pay off with our utility bills & the complete look of the house.

anyone paint their brick themselves before? how horrible of an undertaking is it/is it even worth it rather than hiring it out? i tend to have the mindset of "how hard can it be?"