For three months I’ve been giving the blow by blow on painting the exterior of the house. The color: Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Front façade – before painting.
Finally it’s time for a walk-around.
Soon the olive trees flanking the ramp will go inside and the ramp will be put away.
We’ll be considering foundation planting in spring. Part of the issue will be to mask the electric meter.
Before painting — front and west side
We’ve laid plastic and cardboard on the ground until we grade and plant to keep the red clay from splashing up onto the newly painted siding.
Walking left toward the side porch, this is the driveway side of the house and the side that is seen by anyone approaching from the street.
The windows in the new addition are more haphazardly placed that the original windows.
Farther down the driveway the old house (on the right) and new addition (on the left) blend together. The door on the porch used to be our kitchen window before the renovation.
We love the extra windows in the kitchen bump -out.
As we look around the back corner the kitchen bump-out is conspicuous.
On the back of the house the siding is finished but the oil tank will also need a coat of house color.
The back of the house has new additions flanking the original dining room (double windows), the two-story kitchen/master bathroom addition on the right and the conservatory on the left.
I like how complex the house looks now with the additions.
Continuing east the conservatory replaces our old porch and adds a full bath on the ground floor.
We’ll be putting the shutters away for winter and start working on them in spring.
The living room and conservatory have east facing walls.
The American boxwood is the only shrub from before the renovation that wasn’t destroyed by excavation.
And finally the southeast corner takes us back around to the front.
After looking at all the photos of the painted house Charlie and I have discussed a few more painting projects that we’ll mock-up and work on when the weather is nice. You might be surprised.
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