As the end of 2020 nears, we’re working to close out a handful of projects before taking a break to spend time as a family and really enjoy our first Christmas Season living in our home full time (you may remember this time last year, when we were living in a hotel as our windows, floors, and dining room were all ripped apart). And even though we aren’t quite ready to show full before/afters of the exterior of our home, we are excited to share what it looks like today, in all her snowy, holiday glory. But, let’s remember where it started.
And what it looks like today, mold and rot-free:
Though finding the mold all over our exterior was an unexpected twist in this already twisted year, it pushed us to remove all of our mental barriers and really create an exterior that we felt was unique, but also classic. After pulling together our inspiration and getting some help from Shea McGee and her incredibly talented team, we had a clear direction that guided us through the entire 7 month project.
Going so dark on our exterior has been somewhat polarizing among those in our online community. But the contrast of the dark siding with the stone – and altering the placement of some of the elements (stone, windows, lights, etc) – we could not love it more.
We’ve also recognized from the beginning that the old exterior of our home was not bad. But it wasn’t us, and this is the first time we feel that the outside of our home represents us just as well as the things we’ve done on the inside.
The back patio in the snow is beautiful, and dramatic, and almost haunting (in a good way). But as good as it is now, we also know it’s going to be a sight to behold with the greenery in full bloom. We just love how different the home feels through the seasons. Not just the landscape around it, but the home itself.
The garage-side of our home was one of our biggest pain points. It’s the side of our home most visible from a main road that runs along the side of our property, and it was pretty bland. Now, we have cars stopping daily and parking across the road to examine the details closer.
And how could you not. The copper gutters and light fixtures; the black windows and paint; the custom garage doors; the cedar-look composite roof. It all just works so well together.
And though we feel like we’ve rounded a corner and can take a few minutes to breathe, we’re also excited to hopefully have the remaining projects for this home in our own hands; being able to really dive deep into each room and take them just a little further. So even though we’re celebrating and are so in love with our home, we’re planning and dreaming and can’t wait to take you along for everything that is yet to come.
POSTS ABOUT THE EXTERIOR OF OUR HOME:
– Studio McGee’s Design Plan
– “What’s up with the mold?”
– 8 Options We’re Deciding Between
– 12 Dark Paint Colors We’re Loving
– Exterior Video Tour
– Gas Lanterns