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Monday, July 27, 2015

PATIO DOORS ( and plans )

I have a big dilemma ...................well it's this month's dilemma because I seem to have one happening monthly in this fixer upper of ours. ( sometimes it's weekly and it's even been bumped up to daily now and then )



Most of you know we're having French doors installed in the dining room....................that will lead off to a deck - the deck is almost done -
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU - James - Gordie - Tony and John !!!!!!!!!!!! 
( I'm praying it gets completely done because we have a habit of moving on to another job leaving tons of things " almost " done )

John says - This couldn't have been done without the boys
Suzan says - I know - we're blessed !
John says - Well I'll think of them every time I sit out here I'll tell you
Suzan says - Won't you think of me too?
John says - WHY?
Suzan says - It was my idea to put a deck here - you didn't think it was necessary
John says - Why do you always do this?
Suzan says - What?
John says - Take credit for every single thing that gets done?
Suzan says - I don't know - I think it's just the way God made me
Suzan says - BUT - it was my idea !

So now we'll be patio door shopping.

I showed you that I plan to do a stone veneer on the back wall.................HERE  but that's definitely only happening next year ( if it happens at all on the back of the house - I finally have him on board with the front of the house though ! ) and we're at a standstill arguing about what color to paint the stucco.
( John wants light with dark shutters - I want dark with white shutters )  so how can I know what to order in the way of French doors until we resolve all of our " issues " ?

This is what we're starting with - I hate even showing it to you -  the walls are filthy - the wood molding was painted brown with a terrible paint ( that bleeds down on to the stucco every time it rains ) it's just awful looking ( these are the moments when I pine for my last place )
But paint works miracles as you know.


So...........I drove myself absolutely insane doing some changes with Pic Monkey - absolutely insane I tell you.. I don't know if it's my computer or me but every time I tried to " block " color it the shapes would shift - the doors would end up crooked - the shutters wouldn't be the same size.............that's why there's only one shutter diagram - you have to imagine another one - it was that or throw my computer out the window
( which would have landed on John's head because he's screwing the last of the decking in now as I type )
I never understood road rage - but I sort of get it now - because sometimes I get computer rage.
It's ugly.

Okay - so this is how I see it


And this is how John sees it


We're going with solid panes of glass regardless - because the room is dark and I think ( I pray? ) it'll allow more light in - even those inches of panes will count - that's why we're putting in 2 sets of French doors - one on the other side of the dining room ( to the left of the photo )

So now the big question of the day/week/month is :
White or Dark?
HELP !!!!!!!

John just called me down to sit on it and " talk " - he had a table and chairs set up- I LOVE that man !


How adorable is that?

Here's how the " talk " went

Suzan says - I'd like to build a pergola for it
John says - I'd like YOU to build a pergola for it too
Suzan says - Do you think you could make a picket fence to contain the flowers in front of the deck?
John says - Can't you just enjoy each step for a little bit before you're on to the next job?
Suzan says - We have to build a new shed you know - that one has to be demolished
John says - I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE
Suzan says - When are we going to install a step ( it's not high ) one step - 2 max - will do
Suzan says - I'd like to buy 2 outdoor sofa's - facing each other - wouldn't that be beautiful ?
Suzan says - And we have to build some planters for the edges - don't forget that
Suzan says - John ?  John ?  Can you respond ?  You asked me to come out for a talk !
John says - Worst decision I've made all day....................
as he sat staring out into the horizon.

Ok - we're headed to Home Depot today - surprise surprise surprise
We're on a first name basis with everyone now :)

Have a wonderful one everybody
Much love,
Me



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Saturday, July 25, 2015

STONE COTTAGES !

PINTEREST
Oh my gosh - I love them
I think I got confused when we bought this fixer upper - with it's cracked dirty stucco - I meant to buy a stone cottage !

PINTEREST
PINTEREST
PINTEREST
PINTEREST
STANDOUT CABIN DESIGNS
PINTEREST
PINTEREST
PINTEREST
PINTEREST

Suzan says - I want a Stone Cottage
John says - Well you've got a stucco one
Suzan says - But we can easily turn it into a Stone Cottage
John says - What planet do you live on exactly
Suzan says - Venus - where all things are possible.

ENTER HOME DEPOT - STONE VENEER SIDING  ( O.M.G. - he's going to kill me - I mean it - he's going to kill me in the end - but that's the only way to stop me )
HOME DEPOT

HOME DEPOT
HOME DEPOT
HOME DEPOT



HOME DEPOT
There's too much going on this year - deck - French doors - painting - but next year  - this is definitely on the list now for next year.............not the entire house - but the front and the back for sure !

I have experience putting stone on houses after all !  ( my Fairy Stone Cottage HERE )


The deck is coming along ................. ( French doors are being ordered in 2 weeks to replace that bottom window  - but will only get installed in the Fall )


But now I need it to look like this once it's all finished !
Everything I do is for resale purposes..............hope I don't end up falling madly in love with this place :)


Unless of course - like I said - he kills me first !

( Some of you may or may not be called as character witnesses by the way.)

Have a wonderful day everyone ♥
Big hugs,
Me


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