Here is a before picture from our driveway looking to the left side of the garage. This was taken right after we moved in. We when first looked at this house to purchase, we were not sure where the entrance was to the house. Believe it or not, it was to the left around the house. There was just a little dirt path leading to the front door. And there was only about 3 feet of ground, between the drop off and the house. This was not a new home when we purchase it. It had been lived in by the previous owners for 4 years.
Below is the after. I took this shot today. We had several dump trucks of dirt brought in so we could create a proper path and courtyard. We added the arbor and the fencing. Landscaped and added the pavers. Now, I think you can tell how to get to the front door.
This is the side of the house to the right of the garage. It is the before picture. Very plain...
Here is the after picture I took today. We added shutters. Laid flagstone down to create a little seating area. Landscaped and added some furniture and a copper fire pit. We also enclosed an area with a fence to hide the propane tank and well cover.
It's great to have captured the before shots. It gives me the opportunity to see how much we have done to make this house a home.