Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Before and After

I am feeling a little nostalgic today. I started looking through some old photographs I took of our house when we moved in here over 4 years ago.

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.
Welcome Home,
Penny

41 comments:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow Penny -- you've done so much in such a short time, and you have really made your home so beautful! You could be on the HGTV show "Curb Appeal"!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How pretty! The shutters add so much and all of your pretty touches!

Lee Laurie said...

It looked so plain before and now it looks beautiful! All that work in so little time!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Great pictures Penny! I wish I'd taken before pictures in the past. Love the shutters - the windows look huge now! Oh my, a 3 foot path to the front door - what were they thinking. Your improvement is awesome! ☺♥☺ diane

The Cozy Parsonage said...

It all looks so wonderful and beautiful now-great job!

Laura said...

What beautiful outdoor spaces you have created. Great job.

I enjoyed visiting,
Laura

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful, Penny! I love how you created the walkway!!

Kathleen Grace said...

The path to the door looks so much better! I would be much happier walking up that path (with the fence to keep me from falling off the edge, I'm notoriously klutzy):>)

Nancy said...

Penny, I love the walkway you created!! It's good that you took before pictures! Nancy

LDH said...

Wow.. how inviting your home now looks. The arbor was a great detail to lead to the front door. The shutters make such a difference too... very nice!

Janet said...

You've come a long way Baby! We were talking about all our outdoor/landscape projects just the other day. So much we have done in the last 18 years and of course so many potential projects.

Janet

Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
You have really transformed your place from a plain Jane to a beautiful welcoming home.
Hugs,Rhondi

Jannet said...

Oh I love the shutters, I so want to add shutters to my house! And the little sitting area is beautiful!
Your entrance way looks very welcoming now!! Jannet

Sandra said...

Wow! What a beautiful transformation! You guys did geat!
Blessings,
Sandra

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Gorgeous Penny..and Yes You have done a lot of work! cherry

Beverly said...

Penny, this is such a remarkable change. Everything looks so welcoming and comfortable. I love it.

And, I love this idea for a post. I should post some of our before and afters some day.

kimmcl said...

Wow - what a gorgeous view! Love it, love it, love it!!!

Kathi said...

Everything looks perfect now! You've done a terrific job of creating a welcoming entry and I love your patio too!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Penny; I just love to see before and after photos, you have made such an amazing transformation with your landscaping. Such lovely areas to sit and look at all the lovely views you have.... thanks for taking us down your memory lane...

Hug;s
Alaura

Shellmo said...

Everything looks inviting, warm and lovely!! Just like you!
:-)

Allidink said...

Wow! You gave that home a lot of character! It's so sweet! I can't believe they never did anything about the path to the door. Wow. It's so cute now I love the trelis/arch.

All the best,
Allison

TattingChic said...

Lovely work! That is nice that you got the before shots, too! :)

LW said...

Wonderful job...

It all looks beautiful....

Louise

bj said...

You really have improved your beautiful home. Lucky you had the before shots...I never think of that.
Beautiful post...

Brenda said...

You literally transformed that place, Penny!
Brenda

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh Penny! That looks gorgeous! I love the little bench there too! so Inviting!

Wishing you a wonderful sunny weekend!

Hugs, Cynthia xo

Penny said...

Penny, We are working on that very thing right now. You have done a beautiful job! Your mountain setting looks so peaceful - like our lake setting. We will get together I promise.

Donna said...

Job well done...what a lovely home.

Judi said...

Penny
Your after pictures are so much warmer and cozier and more welcoming than the Before pictures thats for sure.
What a great job.
I like the sitting area...nice spot.
have a lovely evening
Judi

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

I love looking at before and after shots. Penny, you've done a lot to the house. It looks wonderful!
Hugs,
Donna

Catherine Holman said...

I can't imagine how much dirt that took! It looks beautiful!
Hugs,
Cathie

Susie Q said...

How lovely your home is...inside and out. You are another who has the ift for creating beauty everywhere you touch. Your setting is Heaven.

Love,
Sue

the Pleasures of Homemaking said...

How pretty that looks Penny! The shutters really make a big difference! What a good job you guys did!

Manuela

Angie said...

You have made some wonderful changes! Beautiful outdoor areas!

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xo

cindy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting me to yours. I had not "found" your blog yet so I will be reading ALL the posts and savoring ALL the pics. Funny....we vacation in NC. We LOVE Saluda....very quiet...very quaint.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Penny! First...sorry...but I have to do this FIRST...MY FLOWER POT arrived late this afternoon and I just love it! I was in such a rush that I forgot to take pictures of the unwrapping..but it is on my little table where it has a home. I must get my plants for it tomorrow. I have one of them, but I need a bit of babys breath and a some ivy..then it gets spotlighted in my blog!! :)
I am unsure about putting the plants directly into it as I am afraid it will somehow damage the exterior. Should I worry about that? I found a pot that will fit inside ...but I will have to disguise the rim as it is a tad too large. I really didn't want the plants hanging too far down the sides so as to not hide the pot.
I am just so pleased with it. My son came by tonight, plopped down in one of my chairs..spotted the pot and said "Whoa..Mom..that is a beatuiful pot!" I smiled! Hugely!
Thanks Penny.
I will be sending you an email...

Now... :) your side yard is looking wonderful. Taking "before" pictures is so important. I have some of the back yard and I am so glad I took them. What a difference.
Your little side area looks so inviting. HUGE difference!! Love it!
Talk to you soon..and again..thanks so much!
Mona

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

You did a wonderful job. You took a house and made it a home. Love the firepit, I hope you use it a lot. I want to build a firepit in our yard this summer! It is the little things...
denise

Pondside said...

What a great difference you've made to the look of your house. It's fun isn't it?

Mimi Sue said...

Such a huge difference. Love all you've done. You live in such a beautiful place. I've just finished reading Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. It's a young reader book but I enjoyed it very much. Mimi

Mary said...

Lovely changes....and a lot of hard, backbreaking work I'm sure.
Amazing though how we can take a house and really change it into home with some love and labor.

Love your pretty home, both in and out Penny.