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A Step Further

So, it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a house project with you. After the big backyard push, I started on some of the smaller projects hanging around my todo list. I thought that it would go a lot faster, but I should have known better. Each little project I started hit a snag. I had the wrong drill bit for one, was stuck with way too much paint drying time with another, and before I knew it, somehow all my “little” projects had multiple steps. Various ones of them are finally coming together and will be blog-worthy soon, but until then I have some news for you…. We’ve gotten started on the next stage of house renovations! As a reminder, our first wave of house renovations was the kitchen project. We had an architect in, took down walls, tore out floors, put in a completely new kitchen, and replaced all the toilets -yay!  It was a huge project, that consumed a lot of the first year of our married life. Once the main bits were done, I went to town with some DIY projects to finish it off.

Our next project was all about windows and doors. The house came equipped with lovely PINK stained glass windows. They had rustic lead (yes lead) crossbars and provided absolutely NO protection against the wind or cold. The front and garage doors weren’t much better. They were wooden, framed with pink stained glass windows. After a year of going back and forth with different companies all the windows and doors are now beautiful, secure, and insulated – woot! As a bonus, they’re even pretty.

The last bell finally tolled on the windows and doors project in June when the backordered door handle arrived and the lock was properly aligned. After which, hubby and I took a well deserved break. We were just thinking about getting our butts together to get started again when we got a knock on the door… a driveway guy from TDS Driveways stood there ready to give his pitch. We liked what he said so we checked out his references. The driveway he sent us to look at was gorgeous and the house owner couldn’t stop singing his praises. We decided to go for it. We signed the contract and asked when they could start, fully expecting it to be weeks away. Not a bit of it. He asked us if he could start the next day. Before we knew it, it was done. The old mossy, uneven tiles are gone. The stupid rock weed garden is no more. And we’re left with an utterly stunning front. Check it out:


What do you think?! We’re really pleased with it! The whole thing was done professionally and efficiently. They hit one snag – our drain cover (it’s not really a drain, but can’t think of how else to describe it) was an odd size. They went all over Belgium looking for one to fit, no luck. But they worked with us to find a solution that now gives us more air and more light than we’ve ever had in the basement. They did such a good job that half the street came over to see what was going on and now TDS is doing their houses too.


14 comments on “A Step Further

  1. Jenny
    August 13, 2012

    It looks beautiful! I think the color stone you picked out goes with the colors on your house wonderfully.

    • Jessi
      August 13, 2012

      Thanks! We’re really excited about how it turned out =)

  2. Rufine
    August 13, 2012

    C’est génial! très beau et ça donne de l’éclat aux couleurs de la maison

    • Jessi
      August 13, 2012

      Merci Rufine! Nous le trouvons aussi =)

  3. Patty
    August 13, 2012

    This is truly amazing! I can hardly believe the different overall look this gives to the house!

    • Jessi
      August 13, 2012

      Thanks =) I know we totally didn’t expect that, but we love it!

  4. myhealthyohana
    August 14, 2012

    It looks wonderful, Jessi!! You will be so happy everyday coming home to it 🙂 I love your door and all the windows too, you must get a lot of natural light. I’m so glad that the company is getting more business too, they did a great job!

    • Jessi
      August 14, 2012

      Thanks! You wouldn’t believe what a change the windows have made. We literally had a rose tinted view on the world. Now we see all the colours of the spectrum and have a lot more light. It’s awesome =)

  5. Julie R
    August 15, 2012

    Your new driveway looks SO nice! I LOVE it!

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