Yesterday, I talked about some projects that need to be completed at my house. I also explained a bit about why they haven’t been accomplished, which includes a few insecurities about myself and my home. Thanks to those of you who left some love in the comments. As I mentioned, getting sympathy wasn’t the goal of that post, but it’s always appreciated.
Following up on that post, I thought it would be appropriate to show you around the outside of my house since that’s an area I mentioned. I’ll share some photos, talk about several issues, and discuss my plans to improve the problematic areas.
Before I get into things, I want to provide a bit of my home’s backstory. Built in 1917, the house was turned into a B&B by the previous owners in 1993. Obviously, changes were made to the original structure and the lot. If I had an unlimited budget or planned to stay in this house forever, I would be making or would have made different decisions in order to return the house to its former glory. Instead, I’ve decided to improve what I can given the things that have already been done.
I realize I didn’t need to explain that, but I wanted to anyway. Now, on with the tour.
Lets’ start behind my house. This is my garage.
When I purchased this house as a B&B, the garage was divided into two guest rooms. The space is large and each room has an adjoining bathroom. I had the doors installed last winter. (There was a door and window there when the building was part of the B&B.) I will show you inside the garage in another post. The smaller building next to it is used for storage and is also home to the furnace and hot water tank for the garage. As I noted on “The List,” the shingles on these roofs are getting replaced to match the main house. Other changes will be happening inside the garage.
As you might have also noticed, I don’t have a backyard. The property line is at the end of the garage. Since the house was functioning as a B&B, any grass back here was paved over to provide parking for guests. This worked well then, but now it’s kind of a bummer. At this time, the expense and mess to rip out some of the pavement isn’t worth it to me.
However, just behind the house there is a small area near the shed. I’ve met with a builder and am hoping to tuck the cutest little floating deck into this space. As you can see, I’m close to my neighbors and even though they are great, I’ll probably put up a privacy wall with the deck to make it a private hideaway spot. Right now, I don’t “need” lots of outdoor space, so I think this will provide just enough room. The goal is to get this project started in May or early June, depending on the builder’s schedule.
Over on the side of my house, I have a small porch which has been on the blog.
This photo is a little rough, but let me explain. I did most of the landscaping myself. Right now, things aren’t looking particularly exciting as the plants are just budding. When I did the landscaping, I failed to incorporate some evergreen bushes in this area, so I will be moving some things around shortly.
I also wanted to point out the roof on the porch. Again, as I mentioned on my list, both porch roofs are metal which needs to be replaced. As you can see, this roof is rusting and creating horrible stains on the soffit. It drives me bananas. I’m happy to say that the roofers are hard at work as I write this. The shingles on the garage and shed are also being replaced right now. Once the job is finished, the shingles on every roof will match and bring a more cohesive look to everything.
This photo includes both porches. The front porch roof is rusting as well. However, it’s mostly on the section facing the street.
Once the landscaping gets greener and the new roofing is complete, I’ll share better pictures of everything.
Finally, let’s discuss the space to the right of my house, the area next to the neighbors I mentioned above. There’s no hiding the condition of this space. It’s looking particularly bad for two reasons: winter just ended and “out of sight, out of mind.”
Although I enjoy landscaping, I’ve decided to bring in professionals to give me a hand with this. I just want things looking nice, and they can do the work faster and more efficiently. As you can probably tell, this is a big and old house. Tackling all of the maintenance, cleaning, and upkeep is sometimes more than a one-person job. Anyway, this area was mostly perennial flowers, which caused to become rapidly overgrown. Almost everything is coming out, and the area will be filled with low-maintenance shrubs and trees. The professionals are also going to give the rest of the landscaping a little refresh.
Well, that’s about it for now. I hope this gives you a better sense of the outside of my house, what I’m working with, and my plans for the future.
In case you’re curious, facing the front of my home, the windows to the left of the front door are in my dining room. The side porch is accessed through the door behind my dining room table. Just above my dining room is my master bedroom. The windows to the right of the door are in my office / living room. They are the two windows just behind the large wood workstation. The room above that is a spare bedroom which I haven’t talked much about on IBC. (We will be getting to that soon though.)
While this was probably not helpful to some of you, I hope those of you who have been asking questions about my outdoor space found it enlightening. I hope you enjoyed the style of this post as well. Have a great week!