If you remember waaaay back when we started this journey, I told you this house actually had property across the street with a pool. It also had a dilapidated pool house/barn/garage/loft structurey thing. You can check out this post here for more details, but I’ll just remind you a minute. It’s in pretty rough shape.
There is a LOT of work to be done back here, and part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as much the last 2 weeks is because I have been tackling it head on. We painted the whole pool house to match our siding and trim. I had the paint color matched at my favorite local paint store Mullers Paint Store in Caledonia. This is totally not a sponsored post – they are just super helpful and knowledgable there and I love to support local businesses. They matched the color perfectly and gave me ton of advice on how to scrape all the peeling paint and fix this up. If you are local, definitely check them out. Here’s how it looks now:
Still not perfect, but SO much better! The darker color really helped the cinderblock disappear (we do hope to side it someday). It’s getting a new roof and soffits in a week or two and I also need to hang up those shutters (I have a pair for the other window too). Window boxes are also part of my plan to detract from that weird wooden box that has part of the pool pipes in it. We can’t remove it, but I hope to build a better looking bench type thing down the road.
This is kind of our band-aid on the situation for now, but eventually we would like to put new windows in, redo the bathroom inside and insulate and finish the loft space above. That barn door is rotting (clearly), so painting it is my fix for now (because white paint makes everything better), but eventually we would like to put a large sliding glass door there with a faux balcony kind of thing. That’s all definitely down the road a few years. We want to live in the house a while and see how we actually use this space across the street before we make any major decisions over here.
The other major change we made was putting up a new fence. I’m still kind of amazed the Mr. and I managed this all by ourselves in one weekend! Here is the old fence –
When we leaned on most of the panels they actually fell right over, not to mention they were filled with old screws and nails sticking out at all angles. Completely safe and kid friendly…
Luckily the actual posts were all still in really good shape, so we were able to remove all of the old panels and just screw new fence panels right to the existing fence posts. We only had to dig about 5 new posts. It’s so much better now! I still want to stain it all, but they told me at the paint store not to stain it until after it’s been exposed to the weather for a bit.
We’ve been working on cleaning up the landscaping over here too. We replaced all of the stone by the pool and I basically can’t move my arms anymore. Not to mention my legs look like I’ve been attacked by a swarm of tracker jackers (Hunger games anyone?) from tipping over the wheelbarrow. I added these little boxwoods along the fence and I have new lounge chairs ordered. Obviously, opening the pool will be a huge improvement too vs. the old ripped pool cover, but we are waiting until after the roof is replaced so we don’t get a lot of construction debris in the pool.
I also planted a bunch of hydrangeas in the back corner there and we have plans to add beach grass too. Our landscaper did a whole plan for over here that we will eventually do, but it is super involved with new hardscape around the pool, the fence in a different shape and an outdoor bar etc. it’s on the 5 year+ plan, but for now, I wanted this area to look a little more presentable.
Oh, and huge tip – I painted the chainlink fence back there black. How much better does that look!?! Our property extends into those woods, and we wanted to be able to see our kids running around back there so that’s why we didn’t replace the chainlink with wood. Ignore all of the black plastic landscaping trim scattered around that I still need to replace.
The new fence also looks great from the house now too. This is the view from the front porch, which will look a lot nicer once I finish spreading the rest of that pile of stone and once the tool trailer is gone. This is also the view from the breakfast nook and our master bath windows, so replacing that fence was a huge improvement.
My big project this weekend is this structure at the end of the pool, I think I’ve dubbed it “the cabana” or at least that’s what I want it to feel like when it’s done. I removed all of the broken lattice that was on the back and I have plans to power wash and stain it. I also bought navy striped outdoor panels to hang from it. I’m thinking some ferns, a rug, cute outdoor lights and it will basically be Margaritaville ;) Cross your fingers it looks as good in reality as it does in my head!
They are finishing up laying the wood floor in the house (squeal!), so I haven’t been able to get great progress shots this week on the inside. Next week, I’m hoping to show all of the finished flooring down. I have gotten lots of questions about flooring, so answers coming soon!