Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Miracle Of Changing The Exterior Of Your Home


Front After
Front Before

Okay, yes, this house had plenty going for it in the Before photos
(namely, it's pretty dang big) but look! Look at what they did to it!

Back After
Back Before

If you live in a street like the one where this is, which was apparently filled with Edwardian beauties, while the 'before' house stuck out like a sore thumb, or in a street with houses from a number of different periods, then the opportunities for you to create exactly the look you want are absolutely endless.

Getting it right is all in the details. 
So much care has been taken to get the look on all counts:




While I love the Edwardian exterior of our house, as I said on Monday, there's PLENTY to do. This site gives me so much hope that it's possible to get exactly the results I'm looking for.

One more peek at this beauty? Go on then...

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38 comments :

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

So important! This is one area where I always feel totally lost, so I made sure we found a house that was already pretty nice looking from the outside. Can't wait to see what you do!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I can just imagine how much light has been brought into the back of the house with those changes! True inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
xoxo
Donna

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love the door color! and wow- what a house!!! it's gorgeous!

Duni said...

Wow, would love to have an entry like that!! I guess it's a matter of cash ;-)

Boho Farm and Home said...

miels van der rohe was right...God is in the details. Love all those details-they make the house. xo

Al said...

Love these before and after shots. The landscaping is beautiful, it really enhances the overall look.

Lavin said...

That house was an improvement, but a lot of the other examples from that site were transformations that could have been done with a little more respect. One example where they tore out the 20s windows and installed hideous monsters instead. I think you can gain a lot of curb appeal with a nicely maintained garden and some love. Have fun!

Stephanie said...

This is a beautiful redesign. I love it!

chris said...

The hardscape addition made all the difference. I also love that door color! :)

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Wonderful! I especially like the back. The larger windows will let in more light, and the conservatory is much more charming.

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Really like the porch element with the tiny heart cut outs, a cheeky if not original feature! Sharon

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful home! Someone had grand ideas for it. I love the lush lawn!

XO,
Jane

Little Leslie said...

beeuutifulll! Just gorgeous!

Dorset Finca said...

What a change! I love it! x

My Soul is the Sky said...

Wow it really makes such a difference. It's so much cuter now :)

coastal village life said...

Swoon, swoon! Wow, what a beautiful house that is. I wish our exterior transformation was going to be that good but there is a limit with a 1960s semi-detached! Look forward to seeing your transformation. Mx

{Adventuresindinner} said...

Fantastic! before and after. We have snow and underneath the carnage the reno created last summer. I'm almost afraid of the snow melting C:

On Crooked Creek said...

Sarah,
"Mr. Ed" and I have been looking at exterior house paint colors since December...no decisions, yet. Thanks for this inspiring post!
Fondly,
Pat

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

It sounds like you are ready to dig in, get your hands dirty and start having fun. Can't wait to see your before and after.

Today it is a beautiful spring day in Chicago ... but still a little too early to start gardening.

Fondly,
Glenda

Shelly W. said...

Wow! So beautiful! I think the windows are what make it really special.

Seaweed and Raine said...

Incredible the difference something like that makes. We are renting (living where we do for hubby's work), so I can't renovate, but I have permission to do with the garden as I please. I'm really looking forward to more inspiration from MCS. :)

Cindy said...

Very pretty! I love that style of house, too.

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Like a bricks and mortar facelift! Hope their will be some space for lush planting in your redo?;)

miss b said...

What a transformation - lovely result!
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ImSoVintage said...

That is definitely a yummy house :)

michele said...

so gorgeous, sarah!

michele

Ann said...

Oh that is one lovely transformation... Love the new facade looks really nice and homey.

lisaroyhandbags said...

What a gorgeous transformation - the new windows and all of the details are stunning. We used to see many homes exactly like this in Dublin too.
Btw: I've tagged you in my post today if you'd like to play along :)

lisaroyhandbags said...

What a gorgeous transformation - the new windows and all of the details are stunning. We used to see many homes exactly like this in Dublin too.
Btw: I've tagged you in my post today if you'd like to play along :)

patchworkandlace said...

Oh my what a completely gorgeous house ,the sort of house i would love to live in ,maybe one day ,i can dream xx

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

It is wonderful that the architects maintain the integrity of the original and translate that into an addition/upgrade beautifully.

Privet and Holly said...

Beautiful and I LOVE
the new driveway and
wall with shrubs. Such
a sweet house!

xx Suzanne

Elizabeth said...

It's amazing what a difference those changes made.

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

What a gorgeous home and I love all the landscaping around it as well. We so desperately need to do something with both the front and back of ours, hoping this is finally the year we take our fingers out!! lol xxx

Custom Comforts said...

Love the changes they made!!! Will take another look at how I can upscale my house. I so agree ~ it's all in the details. A couple summers back I got a new and lovely garage door that had the curved windows across the top because my garage door opening is curved. It was pricey, but what a difference it made to the looks of the house. Now, I've noticed similar changes in the neigborhood. It's nice to know people notice and even copy.
Cindy

mattress protector said...

Excellent work is done. I can't believe that both picture are of the same house. It looks so beautiful and different.

Anonymous said...

hello there, wow, love the outside of your house,just wondering if you know what colour it is painted?

Gayle.x

Leif Clancy said...

The house seems more satisfactory with the improved look. To be honest, looking at the previous exterior makes me feel that something’s lacking. And I guess the new portico and the roof trim, especially the roof trim, have to take most of the credit for this reno. :D -->Leif

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