Tuesday, May 6

Follow the Yellow Brick Road....

So, instead of yellow, brick, and a road... its more like grey, concrete, and a frontwalk... BUT yahoooo, the Callahans have a proper walkway to their front door!! So I would like to thank all those that have risked bodily harm, mainly broken ankles, attempting to enter my home... I now can offer you a proper surface and you should be safe, unless you're just plain clumsy then I can't help you much there. I will eventually line either side with stones and we will concrete stain the walk when we also stain the porches. But for now I am happy to have this done. By the way, not sure it translates in the photo, but that is an 8ft wide, 70ft long frontwalk... I fell in love with HUGE frontwalks when we went to Savannah, GA on vacation. For some reason they do them larger there and I just love it... so I copycatted!

Below is the BEFORE picture, see what I mean by risking life and limb to trek the front yard. And it is funny to note that there is a 'beachball' in the middle of our circular drive. One of my wiseguys, or maybe it was my wisegal tossed it in there. How do you know if you're a redneck? If you're too broke to landscape the center of your drive and if floods everytime it rains, therefore your kids think they have a swimming pool in the front yard!

I know I posted pictures of our house before, but hang in there with me as I do more. I came across this photo and it shows one of my favorite parts of the house, the stoned chimney. This was no small task as few people use real stone on chimneys anymore (it weighs a zillion tons) and also very few new homes are doing actual woodburning fireplaces. I wanted woodburning and real stone and had to research it with Shawn, visits to rockyards, interviewing rockguys, etc, so maybe that is why I love it so much, it was quite the process!!

Below is quite a random shot, not sure why I originally took it, but it shows a few MORE of my favorite things... beadboard ceiling on front porch, painted blue (another idea swiped from homes in Savannah, GA), and also look at my fans and house exterior lighting. I love putting something retro/modern, on something rustic or cottagey. I think these fans are cool and a little 'lofty'. The exterior lights were such a fun find, they are reproductions of street lights in NY circa 1910.. oooohhhahhhhhhh. I just LOVE details, snicker.
And yet another random shot, closeup of stone on chimney and it wraps the whole skirting on house and then up one section of front of house. I'll stop now, hopefully more befores and afters since the sidewalk was a big TO DO for 2008 and it is accomplished... moving on.

5 comments:

Lisha said...

Your header photo is fabulous! And, what fun pictures of the house... you're a lucky gal, not many get to live out their dreams so well!

Cari said...

YEAH for a sidewalk! Can't wait to see it.

The Hess' said...

Your house is absolutely Gorgeous!!

Debbie said...

Yay! Slowly but surely it's all coming together. Your house is so gorgeous! Ditto to Alisha's comment. Are you a Jeff Foxworthy fan? ;-)

Beth said...

I LOVE YOUR HOUSE!!!! I haven't seen it or pictures yet, so I'm glad you posted. It is beautiful! I love old GA homes, oooohhh... I want one!