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Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.1.7 (Paint, Steps, Sprinklers, and a Garden Path)

new front stepsThere’ve been a lot of exciting additions to the house renovations since the last update, but I decided to start with the front steps, because after months and months of plywood steps, I’m so happy to have real steps again. There are even flowers that survived by the front porch, and today I planted a few things to fill in by the steps, hence the garden clogs in the photo.

Last time I ended with all the old part of my house just about to get painted the same color as the new section, and here’s a peek at the finished paint job which was beautifully done. I’d say the paint color looks slightly darker in the photo than it does on the walls, but you can get the idea.

There are also new steps by the back deck. Right now they look a bit lonely, but there will be raised beds for tomatoes on either side of these steps, running along the front of this south deck.

When you dig up about half of your back yard and add new rooms and a deck, it really screws up the sprinkling system, so putting in new sprinklers took a few days. Most exciting of all is the drip irrigation system for the tomato beds, something I’ve always wanted but never had in my old garden space.

There will be a cobblestone path leading from the deck steps to the garden. The part of the path on the left (not all dug out yet) joins the new cement sidewalk, and makes it so you can get to the backyard from that side of the house.

I’m using James Hardie siding on the outside of my house, but not much is done yet except the starting of the trim around the windows. (The three windows you see in this photo are the dining room windows you see on the left in the photo above with the new paint color.)

Finally, although the covered deck is not done, I decided I had to have my grill back! It’s in the middle of a mess of tools and patio furniture, but I can cook on it. This is the spot where the natural gas hook-up is, and eventually I’ll buy a new natural gas grill and sell this one, but I’m sure there will be some grilling on this old one for a few months before that happens.

I’m starting to feel like the end is in sight, although I’m guessing I have 4-6 more weeks of construction before everything is finished. And in case it’s not obvious, I am loving how my house is turning out! (If anyone is interested, you can see my whole set of House Renovations Photos on Flickr or use the label House Ronovations to see all the posts.)

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    11 Comments on “Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.1.7 (Paint, Steps, Sprinklers, and a Garden Path)”

  1. Waaahooo: Kalyn's is looking so fabulous. Yes I would think you be beginning to really enjoy this! So wonderful.

  2. First thing I saw when I dropped by to see the progress on your house was your garden clogs on the steps and admired the flowers by the new front steps. Very appealing, and then to see you featured them in your blog.
    Sorry I missed you this time. House and garden is looking very good from the outside.

  3. Awesome Kalyn! You will have some happy times here!

  4. what a busy time you've got there, Kalyn. I've been through this myself, time-consuming, but the rewards is awaiting! when it's all over, you just can sit back and enjoy your labour. keep updated for us, ok?

  5. It sure is looking good, Kalyn! Happy grilling!

  6. Love the clogs on the stairs picture. Nothings better then slipping off the muddy clogs and going in the house for iced cold lemon aide. The smell of the earth still clingy to you..and you body is tell you, "Job well done!" Love all your renovations. Can't wait to see the finished project.


  7. Kalyn, it's all so lovely! I am smitten with the idea of a cobblestone garden path too … I cannot wait to see it completed! I am incredibly excited for you.

  8. Sue Bette, I'm getting very excited to be near the end, thanks! (I know you can relate!)

    Greg, I did have a covered porch before, but my covered deck is more sheltered, and I hope I can grill even more of the year. No wearing a rain shell and grilling in a downpour for me though!

    Vickie, the painting photo in this post is the paint color for all the walls in my house, with mostly white moldings and window trim, with oak trim in a couple of rooms. It's actually kind of a pale terra cotta (like clay pots, only a bit lighter). It's Kwal-Howell paint, and the paint color is Burma.

  9. Beautiful, what color is the room?

  10. Covered decks are great for grilling year round.

    With all the rain we've been having I've been grilling mass quantities of food on the decent nights.

    I've also worn a rain shell and grilled in a downpour. It is kinda fun.

  11. Hi Kalyn! It looks like the renovation has really come along- Congrats!!