Sure, it was scary. I mean, big decisions, the unknown, being an adult is scary business. I had owned my little condo since the age of 27, but owning a home was a much different kind of commitment. It is also an amazing adventure that I can share with my husband. We are building a lovely life together, piece by piece, day by day. I am married to my best friend and we get to decide the direction our lives will go.
Back to the house. I am not one of those people who moves into a space and has boxes for months or weeks. We closed on the 26th and we have already unpacked every box, organized every room, painted the inside of the rooms we wanted to paint, and decorated for Christmas.
We had a little money left over from our budget for the home thanks to a low appraisal, so we splurged and made some changes to the home ASAP. You can read all about our preliminary plans here. Ultimately, we decided to have the deck painted and sealed, to have a new privacy fence built, and to have the entire exterior painted. We are waiting on making changes to the front because we are not sure exactly what we want to do by way of landscaping and the front porch.
Ready for some before and afters? Let me tell ya; in my opinion, as I mentioned here, paint can change everything. Take a look:
|I forgot to take these photos before they started and didn't get the best angle, so here is a kind of before...|
|and here's the after!!! We can't wait to landscape the front yard come spring. I think we will still leave the potted plants in this little are. They're welcoming and a little reminder of the patio at the condo.|
|and after! Our contractors were awesome. They had the best attitudes about everything they did.|
|The deck before...|
|and after. I love the way this came out. We also had them build some stairs in that far left corner. Before, it just dropped off with no way to get to the backyard.|
|A different angle shot of the deck...|
|And the same angle after. Also, our Saturday mornings now have a "raking hour." It's a thing.|
We still plan on landscaping the front a little bit and paving a walkway next to the deck leading to the backyard. We love what we were able to do so far. It made such a huge impact for our little home! Can't wait to give you a tour of the inside once we snap some photos!