Last year, we bought a home, spent 5 weeks renovating the inside, moved in and found out we were pregnant with our fourth baby. Then Hurricane Irma trashed the outside of the house, so we redid the entire exterior. Then our baby was born. It’s been a whirlwind of a year and a half, but I’m finally getting around to the house tour you’ve been asking for! It’s only taken almost 2 years. *wink* #thisisreallife
After redoing our entire interior, we moved into our home, and 3 months later, Hurricane Irma ripped our exterior apart. Take a look at what it did to the side of our house.
Thankfully, we had evacuated, and it was just superficial damage to the house, but it was a lot. We ended up spending the next 6 months replacing our roof with a metal roof, replacing our vinyl siding with hardie board siding, repainting and doing a host of other things, including removing the pool cage, replacing our air conditioning unit and replacing our spa equipment (which was struck by lightning in the storm).
My favorite thing about the exterior is definitely the shutters!
For such a long time, I could not figure out what colors to choose for our house. I wanted a color combination that was memorable and that would pop, but that wasn’t too common. In our area, a lot of homes have metal roofs and then a light pastel Key West-style paint color, like lime green or sky blue. I love that look, but since it’s so typical in our area, I really wanted to try to find something different. Turquoise is my favorite color, and one day, I just thought, ‘Why couldn’t I just do white and turquoise?’ It sounded crazy at first, but I found a few samples online, and my husband loved them, so I said, “Why not? Let’s do it!”
At first, I was worried the all-white exterior would be too bland, but in actuality, a bright white exterior really pops on the landscape. We went with a local shutter company for the shutters, and they took like 8 weeks to manufacture and powder coat with my custom color.
I had our siding guy replace the front window with a circular window, which I love because it reminds me of a porthole on a ship. I wouldn’t have chosen to do that now, but since we were putting all new siding on the house, it was my one chance unless I wanted to go back and rip it off. (This is why renovations are never as simple as they are supposed to be… one thing always leads to another!)
For the garage lights, and the lights on our master balcony, I wanted oversized fixtures that made a statement. For months, I looked and looked, but nothing was speaking to me. Then, my husband found a Florida company that salvages light fixtures from old ships and refurbishes them. When I looked at their site, it was like I had died and gone to nautical decor heaven! The owner and I exchanged emails for a few weeks until we found 2 pairs that were perfect for each location. The fixtures were very pricey, but they have history and they are definitely statement pieces.
Our front porch isn’t totally “done,” as one day we plan to put in double front doors, so I didn’t want to invest too much in it. But, we did have the front door painted Greige by Behr, and I added a Pottery Barn mailbox.
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