Business in the front. Party in the back.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again….we can’t wait to see how this house transforms in the next few years! If you recall from one of our very first posts, there was a whole lotta ugly going on in this house when we looked at it. It was practically a Herculean effort to look beyond that ugly and see all of the potential.

But the good news is…we’re making progress! And it’s always fun to look back at where we’ve come from to where we are today. But we thought we’d ease you into the before and after photos of the house….after all, it’s a lot to look at! (Plus, let’s be honest, it means I can spread the love over a couple of blog posts!).

Let’s start outside…as the title of this post says – we’ve been all business in the front, party in the back. The whole outside is pretty much a blank slate and ready for our divine inspiration (er, intervention?). And the good news is that the investor we bought from had pretty much done most of the hard work with clearing the trees away from the house. But we’ve still got our fair share of work to be done.

We started with limbing up the trees a little more and we’ll be doing some grading of the yard away from the house and hopefully rebuilding our front stoop. But until then, the photos do show some good progress…

The Duckling circa 2010 - I promise, the house is somewhere behind all of those overgrown trees!

The Duckling circa 2010 – I promise, the house is somewhere behind all of those overgrown trees!

The house circa 2010.

The Duckling in May 2013 when we first found her!

A kinder, friendlier version of The Duckling circa July 2013. Trees limbed up, wreath on the door and some planters on the front stoop ready for flowers!

A kinder, friendlier version of The Duckling circa July 2013. Trees limbed up, wreath on the door and some planters on the front stoop ready for flowers!

In the backyard, things haven’t changed a whole lot – we’ve put our grill out there and some chairs, but for the most part, she still looks pretty much the same.

back of the house before

This is the back of the house circa 2013 before we purchased.

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This is us starting to settle in a little more in the backyard and getting things somewhat situated. This is a VERY temporary solution. There are big plans for this backyard.

The most fun that we’ve had in the backyard is tucking our public art piece in a small grove of trees. It will certainly give folks something to talk about for a while and probably will have the neighbors wondering…

Our friendly snowman hanging in nature.

Our friendly snowman hanging in nature.

So that’s the story of the outside of The Duckling so far – we’re making some progress, albeit slowly, outside. This is the interesting part of homeownership – it certainly isn’t always glamorous!

Next time we’ll take you inside!

‘Til then…

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