Front Yard Remodel!

We are working on our house to make it a little more livable and we are working hard - we hope you like the before and after as much as we do!!

We realized that we were "those neighbors" when we had a weed that was 4 ft tall in the flower bed!  We worked 2 weekends and enlisted some help from my mom, Rita to get the project done!  We would say it was a success even though we had a neighbor come over and yell at us for ripping out monkey was nearly dead and overgrown....we just smiled!!

Before:  Front of the house

Look at those ferns - we have chopped them down multiple times over the past year... today they get dug out!

Kim getting ready for work day one!!  

Cooper trying to help out!! He loved rolling in the grass all day!

Day one complete!  

Kim worked really hard on the ferns.... she decided that we should plant some too..
....NO WAY!

Project complete --
 Hard to tell in this picture, but we planted a couple bushes, 
flowers and a lime tree!

I feel so blessed that Kim likes to work on these kinds of projects with me!  It makes the job so much more fun!  

We are ready for our house to be done and just live for a while - a few more projects are coming -- the pool area is getting a rehab and then a couple things inside and we are done for a good long time on this house!!

Working on making our house our home...

We have been working on the house to make it ours!  Here are a few of the projects!

We needed a new coffee table desperately! 
(the 70's style formica table that my parents used when I was born....needed to go!) 
Kim found a website with plans and we started making our table!

The plans tell you all the cuts you need

 our "workshop"

starting to look like a table!

 bottom shelf in place


 side view of the table

Look later at the finished product!  
Kim and I found we are a great team in many things... 
Kim read the instructions and I put it together, I sanded, She stained, I polyurethaned.

Watch for more projects in our future!

We are working inside and out.... here are some of the things we have done this fall
Adirondack chairs out front...I put them together (with kim reading the instructions!) and we stained them, Kim made weatherproof pillow for them

fall decorations ... I wasn't too sure about the bird!

Our front door - with the wreath Kim made - she is my crafty lady!

Outside our front windows...the neighbors loved what we did - they told us they had to copy!

Back inside the house...
earlier you saw that I ripped down the paneling in the living room
Here is the room, right after the painters finished 
 this is now our new favorite room!

The wet bar, mirrors and wall paper down!

Looking in from the front door

still have that wonderful atrium! 
(if you have suggestions of what to do with that space...please let us know!)

We turned the dining room into a sitting room

the finished room and finished coffee table

We are enjoying our time working on our home.... we hope to do more in the future!
(have to get the house ready for when kids come....
don't get too excited.....nothing to report!)

Our new home...

One day we went up to Richardson to help Kim's parents move her grandma out of her house.... little did we know that we would be agreeing to purchase a home in the future!!

We moved in April, Grandma was so gracious not to make us close on the new home until we sold our other one....during that time - we have done some things to the house....

scraped the ceilings
now the paneling in the living room is going

the wet bar - after all the wallpaper gone - mirrors to go next

Had some previous termite damage under the paneling.  Just got the paper - 
easy fix for the texture guys!

The window is to the atrium in the middle of the house .... that will go next but not this time.... have to save up some money to open the kitchen, dining room, living room!

Looking at the front door.  Someday we want to push out the front door -there is an existing overhang outside - and make a new foyer.  We want to get rid of the current foyer and make part of the living room.

Front door, wet bar, current dining room - sitting room someday!

Fireplace is huge! we are going to keep it for now - give it a good cleaning and then someday update it!

Looking from the front door to the back yard

Mirrors are off....look at the awesome wallpaper that once graced this house!

Mirrors gone - holes being patched

day 1 tape and bedding done - we have a great guy... at one time today there were 5 guys working on the room!

Termite damage repaired - they primed it, floated it, then it will be textured and then painted

Cooper not to sure about all of this!!  He misses his evening run around the house.  With all the tarps down - we are keeping him in our bedroom - his claws tear up the tarps!! - He has learned to jump out our bedroom window to go outside!  Only one time he turned around to come back in as I was closing the window... he now has a small bald spot and scrape on the top of his head... hope the hair will grow back!!