This post is all about our exterior house update, if that is boring to you, just go to the end and say WELL DONE Suzanne!
Our house painting went fairly smoothly; I still can’t believe I chose a color kinda, sorta of on a whim and most of the actual painting happened while we were out of town before I could get proper ‘before’ photos. Things generally NEVER go that fast.
We really did need an exterior update; our house (built in ’97) is the traditional Florida stucco house with a concrete tiled roof. I don’t want to say Mediterranean, but it did have kind of a Mediterranean feel to it. The Mediterranean’s and their ships have sailed since they scream 90’s.
The Coach had ideas and I really let him run with this one as I agreed with all his design ideas; Lighten up the paint color and the ditch the different trim color, darker man doors and garage doors , update light fixtures, new gutters (darker as opposed to white) and add Bahama shutters on the remaining radius topped windows to hide the roundness. (we replaced two of the radius’s when we did our big renovation back in 2015/2016) And add a few more Bahama shutters for balance.
These first photos show our old house color (and really old original front doors) and sweet Old Ozzie, may he RIP. It was a creamy beige color with white trim. The pics are from different lighting/camera’s but this first one is pretty close to true.
Slightly diverting from the topic, But look: NEW LIGHTS AND PAINT!
I chose the light fixtures and I’m kind of obsessed with them. They’re all LED’s so very efficient.
I sent that pic up there to my girl Kelly showing her the painted doors and light fixtures. She said NICE, but you need bigger pots there, the scale is off a bit. I was all: B*tch! And then I was all, yeah, she’s right and I went and purchased bigger pots.
Now the After Shots Of The Front Of House
I really need to trim the ixoras and the canary island palm is due too; so it looks a bit jungle-y to me. I have to trim the ixoras in phases, not all at once because they are a Mecca for my butterflies and hummingbirds.
THE REST OF THE COMPOUND
More old photos at different times of the side of the house; my garage up front, the girls’ & guest bedroom windows and then my office/craftroom entry and Coach’s three car garage at the back.
Exterior doors and garage doors are Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. Walls are SW Repose Gray at 50% intensity. (appears as light greige) Same roof as we’ve had; it’s a light gray concrete (in some pics it appears darker) that needs to be pressure washed, but I have to wait until we have the new gutters installed first. New gutters will be either the color of the roof, or closer to Urbane Bronze.
And what spurred all of this? The pool update with new decking. The new decking material really showed us how yellow/gold our house was and it was hideous! When the pool is said and done, I’ll share photos. I want you to see how pretty it is so you know it was worth us both pulling all our hair out and trying to summon the devil to deal with our contractor.
We’re still marveling at how it’s turned out. Please be a doll and don’t tell me you like the before pictures even if you really do because it will make me think badly of your eyesight and taste. 😳