Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Home Improvements

We built our own house and moved in 4 years ago. Much of the work we did ourselves (I think Jason blogged about this a while back) cleared the land, did all the finish work from decks to paint to floors to cabinet installs. We didn't take shortcuts on these things, and as a result, we lost enthusiasm as soon as the bank declared us officially "done". Totally burned out. Barely any home improvement was completed after that--1st because of the burnout, and then because it was impossible to do anything with Jackson needing constant attention.

As a result, our house looked like it was dropped in place by a tornado, like something out of the Wizard of Oz (luckily no curled up witch legs stuck out anywhere.) It's hard to really get a feel for that in the below picture since its winter, but trust me.

Same view in early Spring with a little effort at landscaping, a red door, and a stained front porch, and stairs on the back deck. It's starting to look like it belongs in the landscape.

Front view.