Saturday, 2 March 2019

House Reno - The Front GardenšŸ”

Sorry for my lack of posts over the past couple of weeks. Who knew moving house could be so stressful? I'm going to try and upload an update of each space/room. For our first post I think it's right to show the front of our house, and what we have done so far...

The Before's
Right from the initial viewing we had strong opinions abut what we wanted to do to brighten the front up.
   
We really disliked the garage door colour, and wanted to cut back as much as we could to open up the front.

The Progress Working Progress
The driveway was covered in moss and mud. It wasn't initially a priority, but it was slippery when wet. It was too dangerous for the boys, so we borrowed my mum and dad's pressure washer. We spent about 5 hours in the freezing cold, but it came up lovely and instantly made the front look brighter.


Long term we'd love to change the driveway, but we will make do until we can afford to change it. I really like the look of block paving, or the resin. 


There was a large tree that obstructed the view of the house, which we took out very quickly. We'd only moved in two days before, so it was high on my priority list! 

Gavin treated himself to a chainsaw to aid the sheer amount of trees we needs to cut back to remove. This was the photo I took mid job. The boys loved watching "cut cut tree daddy". 



There was also a very large tree between ourselves and our neighbours, that Gav and my dad bravely took down. The neighbours were happier about it than we were! Apparently the sap was causing them much nuisance for their car and driveway.

Just a little stump left, ready for a number plaque

On the other side, the garden was extremely overgrown. It was a much bigger job and we ever anticipated. It's taken days with many hands, and we are still not finished. Our neighbours have been amazing, and everyone that walks past offers us their green bin for our garden waste (which of course we accept!). They are all so pleased that the house is being loved again after being empty for many years. Once we are clear, we want to put a pretty fence on our border to pretty it up. 

We have painted the dated brown wood to a bright white. And painted the garage door blue. We have installed new modern lights. 



This is by no means the finished, but I'm so proud of what we and our amazing families have managed to achieve over the past 6.5 weeks!