My family moved to Sutton Place in the spring of 1993. It looked vastly different then. Our yard was full of trees both in front and in back. We had no grass, no thriving landscaping and absolutely no curb appeal. We bought it mostly for the location and size…and of course the price. I experienced a dreadful case of buyer’s remorse soon after moving in. I couldn’t look at the big picture without wanting to cry…so I took things one at a time. Slowly projects were completed and improvements were made.
After years of blood, sweat and tears…here is what our house looks like today.
We have, by necessity, removed most of the trees from the lot.
Our plumbing was compromised by tree roots.
Our foundation was cracking.
Our patio, porch floor and garage floor were cracking as well.
We have pretty much replaced or fixed everything.
Painted siding and trim (twice.)
Replaced every exterior door.
New lights (twice.)
Added porch railing.
Two things we haven’t addressed are the windows and asphalt driveway.
We recently finished putting our 2 children through college.
8 years of tuition sort of got in the way of any recent home improvement!
I so wish I had a picture of my old front doors.
They were double doors in the barn style…with the “X” on the bottom
and diamond mullions on the top.
They were O-L-D.
The first few years we lived here snow actually blew inside.
So here is my front door from a few years ago.
It went from this…
I loved my red front door but I was ready for a change.
This color is the same navy I used in my kitchen.
Sherwin Williams Naval.
I like to switch up what I put in the planters.
This is by far my favorite look though…I adore the ferns.
Owning this home has been a character-building experience.
I have learned patience and perseverance.
I have learned that hard work pays off.
I have learned to never under-estimate the value of a good handy man.
At the end of the day this is where we return.
It’s a safe place for my family.
It’s where my heart is.
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