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Our first ever: Exterior House Tour!

May 27, 2020  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Yesterday we shared the plans for the exterior of our home, but one request we consistently get is to share more of our property! We figured now would be a fun time to share that, plus a little view of the current state of our home’s exterior since it’s about to change!

We live on 3.5 acres with just a couple neighbors who also have large lots (4.5 acres and 10 acres). And we definitely fell in love with the property before the house. It feels like a park. It’s completely lined with mature trees on all sides. And the house sits a bit back on our quiet country cul-de-sac so the acreage is distributed on all sides of the house. When we pulled in to look at the house for the first time, I said, “It looks like a postcard!” And with every season, I have felt the same. (The first year living in a house is full of surprises, but my favorite part is observing how the trees and flowers and life changes around the house through the seasons)

There’s a tennis court (that needs work), a garden area, a pasture and paddock (for a maybe horse one day! Greta’s in lessons right now), and we recently added the firepit area. One day, we’d love to add a modest pool and a guest/pool house/shop.

But even without all the extras, the mature landscaping is what sold us and the warm nights of our girls playing capture the flag or ghost in the graveyard seals the deal over and over again. And looking into the future–have I dreamed of future wedding receptions for our girls in this backyard? Absolutely.

I should note, because we get this question a lot, we 100% have a landscaping crew. The previous owners passed along the information of who tended to their yard last summer, when we moved in. And feeling a little overwhelmed, we called them right away and quickly learned that this yard needed someone dedicated to maintaining it 3-4 months out of the year (those are the nice months in Idaho). It’s been a worthwhile expense.

Just as we film an interior house tour every year (our one year house-iversary is coming up fast!), we know that the exterior of our home and yard will be transforming over time as well, so we hope this video will serve as the first time capsule of many to come!

What do you think?

  1. Lori R. says:

    Wow, I actually got goose bumps watching! Indeed I would buy the property even without the house! Your girls will have wonderful memories. Yes to horses, but you must get a Morgan! (I grew up showing the breed in the classA circuit)thanks for sharing such a treat!

  2. Claire says:

    Love it! What’s on the ground under your big arched window?

  3. RC says:

    I am confused how some spaces relate to each other because of some of the video angles and transitions that seems to skip around to some parts of the house and then come back. But it’s all beautiful!

  4. Heather Stephenson says:

    It’s so beautiful! I remember that you want to eventually add in a pool. Would you put it to the left, between the driveway and the pasture?

    • Julia says:

      I would love to landscape in front of the driveway a bit and put the pool over there–outside the kitchen window.

  5. Naomi says:

    Wow!! Absolutely Stunning!!

  6. Another Julia says:

    Would you be able to sketch out the property? Maybe include where you’re thinking of putting the pool etc? That video made me incredibly dizzy and with all the planning but the landscaping does look beautiful.

  7. Rachel says:

    Wow, what a dream

  8. Julie S says:

    You know, it was nice to get a look at some of the other parts of your property but I thought the video was hard to follow! There were so many frequent cuts to a slightly different view or section that I ended up without a sense of continuity for the whole place. A nice slow circle around the house from up high at the beginning, no edits, would have given me a good foundation for the following closer-ups.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Hi! First year medical student here, and just wanted to say I look forward to your blog posts/all your social media content, really, as a much-needed break from studying. Thank you CLJ team for posting so consistently and letting me dream about my future home, post-graduation and probably post-residency too!

  10. Karen says:

    The property is stunning! It’s the perfect blend of country estate and natural areas. Those light bark trees are going look pop against the dark siding you’ve planned for the house. What a magical place to grow up. (And have a horse)

  11. Nathalie says:

    What a gorgeous amazing space! The stone path throughout and the amazing landscape, wow! Thank you for sharing.

    You’ve mentioned before wanting to perhaps remove the court, but I find it SO exciting. Sports as a family, at any age could be such a fun way to spend time. Even let’s say, with teenage friends later down the road. The dual purpose is also smart. During quarantine, when parks are closed, the idea of sports in the backyard seems like a plus.

    And yes, a poooooooool!

    Can’t wait to follow the journey

  12. Gil says:

    Oh my goodness!!! Absolutely stunning. What a wonderful place to raise your three daughters. Best of everything to you and your sweet family.

  13. Cici Haus says:

    Can I have MY wedding there?! It’s so gorgeous – like you said it’s like living in a private park! The girls are so lucky you’re giving them a wonderful place to grow up.

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