It’s been a while since I’ve taken you to Mom’s house, and there is always so much to see there. My mom, Erika, bought her mid century rambler about a decade ago, and she has been improving it ever since. Notice that I didn’t say slowly improving it. No, Mom likes to hit the ground running.
A Bland Impression
When Mom moved in, the house lacked curb appeal. There was dark brown siding above a white brick facade. The front entry was tidy but nondescript . The overly-pruned evergreen shrubs made the garden look dated.
A boring cement walkway angled in from the garage.
And something else wasn’t quite right – the windows to the right of the front door. “I hated those high little bedroom windows,” says Mom. “They made the rooms dark.”
Phase 1: Lightening Up
So shortly after Mom moved in, she had the small bedroom windows replaced with larger ones that matched the living room windows.
Of course installing larger windows meant cutting into walls – and into the brick siding. Mom was surprised to discover that the bricks were actually white all the way through.
She replaced the front door and had the dark brown siding painted a light, elegant color.
She replaced the large shrubs near the entry with a brick cobblestone patio.
She had the cement walkway removed and replaced with brick cobblestone. And she added a new walkway from the street to the front door.
So now the house looked much more inviting from the street. But there was still more to do.
Phase 2 – A Welcoming Entry
The front entry was really just a stoop and a front door with little protection from the elements. A front porch, however small, would really bring character to the house’s exterior.
So when the house needed a new roof, Mom saw an opportunity for an upgrade.
She had her carpenter extend the roofline over the front door to create a portico.
Her carpenter built a seamless addition, including a cedar plank ceiling stained to match the 50-year-old cedar boards under the eaves.
It’s amazing how much impact this small addition has on the home’s exterior. It breaks up the long, straight roofline and gives the house a focal point.
Now the look is warm and inviting.
Before and After Recap
The house went from this . . .
Mom has done so many tasteful upgrades to her house. I especially want to show you her amazing backyard transformation (once we locate the “before” photos).
As you might have guessed, she has many talents. Mom has published two books – one of them based on her very interesting childhood. So if you get a chance visit her Amazon author’s page or her website.
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