Saturday, October 17, 2015

Cottage Makeover - Exterior


This is the photo from the real estate listing when we bought our house in May.  When we went to look at this house, we got there a few minutes before our realtor, and my husband wanted to to just go ahead and meet her at the next property on our list.  He didn't even want to go inside this house.  The back had a large concrete deck, that was literally falling apart.  After walking through the yard, my husband was at least willing to look inside.  The house was empty (having been a recent rental property) so we did a quick walk through with our realtor, and went to see other properties.


Because the real estate market in Nashville was on fire this summer, all the houses we liked in the on-line listings were already under contract before we could schedule a showing.   We had a contract on our farm, which was about 45 miles away, within 24 hours of the listing going online.  We finally resorted to making a list of houses that had been on the market only a few days, and went to see what was out there that met our list of needs. 

My favorite thing about this house was the location.  Seven miles from my job, five miles from my newly married daughter, and about 2 to 5 miles from some of the most popular shopping and dining in Nashville.  Our last house was 48 miles from my job, so this was a big change!

In the end, this house was one of the best locations, the closest to our jobs, and at the lower end of our price range.  And, after having lots of house and lots of land to care for over many years, we were very reluctant to commit on a large scale again.

We had the entire house painted in Picket Fence, which is a creamy white color in Home Depot's Behr Exterior paint line.   I LOVE the color.  The paint tied together the brick, stone and concrete block materials so the house has a more unified look.  We had the roof replaced, and my husband made the shutters and replaced the light fixtures.  We also had a flagstone sidewalk and landscaping added.

I'll get around to taking pictures of the back soon.  The first thing my husband did when we took possession of the house was have that concrete deck torn out.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. It's really pretty! I like the white paint and black trim. From everything I've seen of this house I'd say you made a wonderful choice.

  2. Oh, Robin! Your home is so charming and fresh-looking with the coat of paint. Painting the brick was a wonderful idea. Can't wait to see further looks of the inside and outside!