Sunday, May 4, 2008

Backyard before photos....

A little more context for my previous post... here are a few snapshots of the backyard when we bought this massive fixer, and where we are at now. I can't wait to get enough done to warrant posting "after" photos.

But for now, this is where we are at:

Before.

Now.


Awesome chainlink weird dog-run kind of fence before diving the patio from the backyard... and then no fence between our house and the neighbor's. The neighbors got their fence last year, and we got ours this year. Makes a bit of a difference.


Before.

Now.


Not much of a difference here except that the chainlink weird fency thing is gone and I have lots of little pots growing. I am not usually a pots person, but it was the only way I could quickly grow something without having to contend with the mess of the backyard that is out of view in these photos.

So, you comments were SUPER helpful... I especially loved the idea of glossy green paint for the door and window trim. Here's the thing... what about the brown paint up top on the dormer? Leave it for now? Or trim up the whole damn house in green? (I guarantee my fiance will come kill every one of you if you advise me to start another project like that... but let's not worry about him for now...)


Note: THIS is the color HOBAC suggests in the comments of this post. Me likey.

21 comments:

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Farrow & Ball's Carriage Green, or Studio Green, is the colour I would choose, including the dormer. I'm sure one of those big paint companies will do a very similar colour.

Anonymous said...

The red in red bricks is a bitch to find compatible colors for, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Essex Green, Benj. Moore: A very rich, near-black green. Beautiful for doors.

mrlfvl said...

taking the dormer into consideration, if I were you, I'd paint it the same color you paint the trim. I love the green idea - esp. BM Essex Green. That brown looks a bit dated. Though I can't really talk - my house trim is the color of a dirty band-aid - the previous owners painted everything - the gutters, downspouts, windows. It sort of looks - unsanitary.

Decorno said...

http://www.farrow-ball.com/productdetails.aspx?cid=PC&pid=0094CG&language=en-GB

HOBAC - my monitor shows this as a green that is almost grey... Am I right? I love the way it looks here... hope my monitor is accurate. Thank you for the suggestion... I might have chosen something too green and not with enough gray in it.

Decorno said...

"dirty band-aid." that's hysterical. :)

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Decorno - in reality you would probably prefer Green Smoke, which is more like the colour on line. It can look a tad dull in the light here though, which I imagine to be the same as in the NW. Carriage Green appears almost black except in full sun. It is almost the colour of algae in a pond.

decorno said...

Ok - very good to know! I will look for something darker.

Cote de Texas said...

Decorno - I love this idea. Hobac is right. do it this color and paint the dormer that color too - the richness of the color will really pop the brick alive. The subtle undertone of the green is better than just a plain black. I agree! And Farrow and Ball make the best paints there are. don't substitute. They are more expensive than cheap builder's paint, but you won't need that much. It you balk at the price, add up the difference between the cheaper paint and the F"&B and divide it by the number of years your mortgage is and it will be so insignificant for the length of time you will enjoy it! Get painting girl!!!

Anonymous said...

Paint the dormer, and the trim. But I'd suggest replacing the door with something more exciting from a salvage place if you can. This can be very cheap. I just bought a storm door and outside door in Vermont for 75$ last week. My carpenter says it'll cost a couple hours to fix it, and the installation(but I was doing this anyway). The windows are kind of charming, but the door sells them short. Then paint the door. Love the HOBAC color. You've already made good progress. Seeing the whole house, I wouldn't do a pergola right up against the building. What about putting the pergola down at the other end of the yard, so you can have wisteria and eat it too, or hydrangea petiolaris, or actinidia, or honeysuckle...? I'm Anon 10:54 from earlier post.

jen said...

Love the green. Make it shiny for sure. And yes to the painting of the dormer.

Toby Worthington said...

Not to oppose Joni, but is that old door worthy of Farrow and Ball? Truly, the ready-mixed Essex Green from Benjamin Moore is surprisingly close to the rich Carriage green that HOBAC referred to. There's also a dark nearly black green from BM called Black Forest. Just used it myself, in alkyd gloss. Very handsome. Of course the very nicest paint for doors is made by Hasolac, a product from Holland that smells lethal, will no doubt destroy brain cells, but goes on like velvety lacquer.

decorno said...

A new door is a brilliant idea... I don't think that is next up on our list at the moment, but not that everyone mentions it, I am definitely going to look into it.

mrlfvl said...

Ok, love the idea of 2 light fixtures too - on either side of the door. Like these:

http://www.shadesoflight.com/Outdoor_Lighting/Federal-Outdoor-Light-_dash_-1-Light/Page_10/OL0106.html

they would look fabulous with the awning that I will hopefully send you a photo of shortly - if my friend gets around to sending me a photo.

thanks for the project, Decorno. I have been stuck in bed sick all weekend - this is a fun and much needed distraction.

I agree with Toby too - the BM Essex Green really is beautiful. While of course the F&B is exquisite, the BM is more than acceptable. Also, I have had LOTS of luck with shutters on E-Bay, so you may check there for doors too...

studiolo2 said...

Whoa on painting the dormer. No offense, but that's a weird dormer. If you paint it a color that pops from your roof, including dark green, you run the risk of having it look like a hut sitting on top of your house. So being a big spoil sport, I'd keep it the same color it is, or paint it a dark red that integrates with your roof and bricks. But it depends on what you do with your back door...

(Jumping to the prev post) I wouldn't put a pergola right against the house 'cause plant crap will always be all over your doorstep, not to mention bees getting into the house when your wisteria is flowering. But a sheltered porch, yes, and make it wide as the dormer and centered to the dormer. Nice nonwhimpy square posts. Your door will be off center to it, and you can put a cute bench or something on the side and a lattice, if you want your flowering plants.

THEN your dormer would be balanced out and your Englishy green paint will work beautifully on it and your porch.

Stone is a great choice for your climate. It doesn't get slimy like cement and mossy like brick.

A quick fix for that cement wall section would be to paint it a color that matches the darkest bricks.

BTW, you've already done great stuff to your yard and house. Congrats!

studiolo2 said...

PS Decorno, I didn't mean that your dormer sucks, it's just that the ones I usually see are much punier!

Anonymous said...

I'd paint the dormer light to medium gray.

It will be compatible with the mortar between the bricks, and with the concrete foundation of the house. Also, it will be light--right now, your house borders on gloomy/hulking, in color and darkness.

For brand of paint, I'd check Consumer Reports for exterior durability. You don't want to be repainting every few years. And you can get pretty much any color in any brand, if you have it mixed custom in the paint store (which is very easy nowadays, with optical scanners, etc.). Just bring in a swatch of the color you want and the store can usually match it.

decorno said...

I already bought paint and started painting... so just FYI to people who think I will either wait for Pratt & Lambert to ship me, or to check Consumer Reports... the sad fact is that I am (a) rarely motivated to start a project and (b) when I am, I just JUMP into it.

Not the best, I know...

And to Studiolo... I am so not offended by any dormer comment. Frankly, in 8 years or so, we are going to rip the roof and the back of the house off and pop up the roof/dormers/back of the house and reconfigure the whole place.

If I don't kill myself or sell the big mess of a place first. :)

jamie meares said...

the plant stand's got its tilt on. help him!


**wait, i see you did in the most recent post.

diana @ please sir said...

Wow...big difference!! Looking good,

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