Monday, October 12, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday-Remodels Along the Way & Touches of Autumn

     Just a little look back at the Metamorphosis of our home since we moved in.  We are here 22 years..oy! This is how it looked when we bought the house:

Sorry, this is from my camera phone because it worked better than the camera! Yellow, shingle 3 bedroom ranch -3 bedrooms is generous...the 3rd bedroom was tiny. It did havea den off the back that many other homes did not have-so we were happy with that! Overgrown landscaping, too

Then, after living here for about 3 years, we decided to do new siding and a new roof-that was a killer expense!  The shingles were aspestos, as many were then, and the roof was in bad shape. So, this was the next look.

The roof is gray brown -not white! The shingles were cedar shake-vinyl.- we wanted real, but the coast factor was out of reach, since we had to do the siding and roof- and had the 2nd baby on the way! The lanscape shrubs are cut back, but not looking too good.

     Then, it was 14 years and another child later ( they were 17, 13, and 6) we decided to build the house UP! We looked around the neighborhood-we didn't want to change schools- and saw that we could do our own reno for less than the house prices in our own neighborhood-to get what we wanted. So, seveal months and floods and holes in ceilings with water pouring through and awful electricians- we had our dream house.

We just did the paver driveway last year and we are happy with it. The path goes to our yard, where we have a patio and another day.

  So, that brings us to this weekend when we morphed into Fall.  I am still having a hard time letting go of summer. I think it is because our summer was so unusual this much rain, no 90's and ubruptly over. We usually have an Indian Summer, too at this time, As I feel it get chillier, I don't think that will happen. I do love Autumn, but I wanted my full dose of summer first! So the flowers are still in waiting for the frost, but we picked the green tomatoes and set them on the window still, in hopes that they will ripen. I haven't taken in the patio furniture. Shells are still all around inside and out.

Since I know it is really fall and time to give in, I did this...

I think I can give in now...

at night...

Ooops, forgot to put out the pumpkins!
Hope youlike what you see...looks a little busy, but the fam likes it...

For fun you should go to BHG and carve a pumpkin!
You can send cards to friends and print the stencil of your idea to carve your real pumpkin!

They also have stencils for your favorite dog breeds at this site !!!! Who wouldn't want a labkin?

You can print these, too!


  1. Wow, your house HAS come a long way!

  2. I had a hard time letting summer go as well, in Ca. it is to be expected. Love your porch it is so creative I love the way you put the corn stalks, I wish I had some of those, oh well maybe next year....I am a new follower, come for a vsit

  3. when I scrolled down from BEFORE to AFTER (your colors & the white crisp white oh - it took my breath away - gorgeous!!) seriously nice job!

  4. Wow what a dramatic change in the house--looks fabulous!!

    nannykim (ps my spindle cottage blog is the blog where I do meta stuff/house stuff)

  5. Your house looks fantastic, what a transformation!

  6. Nancy, your home is beautiful! I love autumn decorations!


    and BOO! You are cordially invited to participate in this month's Country Heart Giveaway!

  7. WOW your house has come a long looks fantastic!!!

    :) T

  8. What a transformation of the house! Love your fall decor!

  9. I would have never recognized it! Great transformation!

  10. Amazing!! I really love your entryway, that portico is gorgeous!! The pefect setting for your beautiful Fall display. I also really like your use of the brick elements, and those brick red shutters tie it all together perfectly.

  11. Great job. Looks like a fun house! Love what you've done.


  12. Very, very nice, fantastic job!

  13. Such a lovely home. The scalloped details really add so much charm! BTW... My dog was never allowed on the furniture either but I got tired of making him get down. Off to download my labkin...

  14. Wow, you have really done a wonderful job with that house. It doesn't even look like the same place. Just gorgeous. Thanks for visiting and following my blog and I plan to do the same!

  15. Wow, what a fantastic job you did on your home...I enjoyed reading your story...thanks soooo much for sharing it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  16. Wowza!!!!!!!!! It is just lovely!!!!!!

  17. GREAT remodel... I did something similar 4 years ago and it was the best thing ever!


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