Monday, April 23, 2012

BEFORE AND AFTER- FROM THE EXTERIOR

Before and Afters: Exterior


I thought it would be a fun to do a AFTER-BEFORE instead of a before-after.  When your eyes look at the first photo, I want your brain to say, "Oh, that's pretty." Then, when you see the photo after your brain says, "What?  Is that the same house!?  Let me go back." Sound fun?


I know.  I am soooo crazy!  Haha.  


Here is the first exterior photo.  It is a little beach cottage near the water.  It was built in the late 40s and had this awful, gross brick on the outside that had mortar spilling out (imagine peanut butter and jelly coming out of sandwich bread!)  
#1 AFTER
So what happend to the brick you ask?  That's right, I covered it up!  You can't paint over that mortar.  So, why take it down, when you can just put something over it?  Much less expensive and keeps the structural integrity of an old home.
#1 BEFORE
This home is a California beach modern.  Fresh, simple and clean!
#2 AFTER
Yes, it used to be a sad, gray Pizza Hut-roofed home.  We did a fun "green" remodel including solar heating, a live green roof and new insulation made out of old blue jeans! Taking away from the existing helped bring it up to date.

This exterior had a few changes but enough for a big impact.  There are new garage doors, a new railing, new paint and freshly sand blasted driveway.  Much better!
#3 AFTER


#3 BEFORE
I hope you have enjoyed the mini "curb appeal" photo session!


xoxo,

6 comments :

  1. Wow! Great work, Kathleen. The second home especially - what an amazing improvement.

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  2. The second one looks like a totally different house :-)
    I love the first one---charming cottage! And, the landscaping is better scaled. Thanks for sharing your projects. Loi

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  3. Can you believe #2 started out as a bathroom remodel?! Ha! The first is my home:) I told you that I have no green thumb just a lot of succulents and drip systems:) K

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  4. Lovely improvements! And how impressive that you do interior AND exterior -- I didn't know!

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I love your comments! Thank you for reading. Best, Kathleen