Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Our front entrance

I reckon it's time to give you a peek of what has kept us busy over the past 4 months.  So, over the next couple of weeks I'm going to give you a tour.  Starting from the outside...

...during the building of Phase 2 our front entrance underwent a make-over - and one, which I feel, makes it an entrance fitting of a farm house :)
BEFORE :
Previously we had narrow, unfriendly steps up
to the front door / patio
The previous builder had created very narrow steps to the front patio which were a  constant source of irritation to me, as they seemed to magnify the tall, narrowness of Phase 1 of the house - giving it the appearance of a house from a horror movie.  All it needed was dark, threatening skies and wind tossed trees to complete the setting. I couldn't wait to correct them.
The size of the future steps
A quick word with the builder, and the guys climbed into the job.
Scallywag approves :)
It wasn't a quick fix - it took them two entire days - marking out, adding foundation, knocking down and building up again where necessary.
Busy, busy, busy
But, by the end of the day, the improvement was clearly visible.
Much better :)
Another day was spent on plastering the steps with a coloured high lime plaster, and, after a bit of decorative work on my part, this is the end result...
AFTER :
Wider, and a more balanced, welcoming appearance
to the front of the house.  A couple of pot plants,
a rock with a face (which we schlepped with us
from Hout Bay) a bit of planting and a world
 difference - Welcome :)
... now I'm sure you'll feel more welcome and eager to visit :)

28 comments:

  1. The new steps make a world of difference, as does the addition to the building. It is much more than a simple cottage now. Can't wait to see more.

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    1. Joyful - They do, don't they :)

      Patience - all will be revealed... LOL

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  2. It's amazing what a small change will do. It looks great--and I'm sure it's MUCH safer not having them so narrow.

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    1. Sue - Cosmetic changes - always make one feel better :) Yup, you got that right - last Christmas DD fell down the steps and sprained her ankle. Now, hopefully, that wont happen again...

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  3. Funny, I never thought about the steps before from a "Welcome to my home" point of view but you're right...It's like a new smile. Plus the color "pops" the roof! Very nice!

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    1. tami - We also like the "matching" appearance of the roof and the steps. And once the house is painted by RMan and myself (groan - we have so many walls to plaster paint onto!) it will look even better :)

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  4. What a difference! Your farm house looks wonderful and I look forward to seeing more photos.

    FlowerLady

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  5. Oh, much more charming than the previous. And the flanking planters really emphasize the welcome. Very nice job, there. Like Flowerlady, I'm looking forward to more pics.

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    1. Kris - Thank you :) So many pots and pot plants from our town house - I've got to use them somewhere. Those contain plants of the ficus genus - and I don't want to be planting them in the ground - their roots are terribly invasive...

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  6. oh i love the new steps! very inviting indeed! and i can't wait to see more!!!!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Thanks kymber :)

      Hang on - all will be revealed...

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  7. It really is looking so nice. It is really becoming your "home".

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    1. Jane - Feels like absolutely ages in the making...

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    1. GG - I thought so too, and am so glad I took pics so that I could share the transformation :)

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  9. Much better Dani. I know it doesn't seem like it to you, but for us, its amazing how quickly everything is coming together. Its really starting to look wonderful - and like a home! Congrats on all the hard work
    Sandy

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    1. Sandy - Nope - feels like a lifetime since we started Phase 2. Thanks :)

      And as for chivying the builders - project managing is for the birds! But I had an end goal in site, and that kept me going LOL

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  10. Looking pretty fine Dani. Sometimes I feel like I'm copying you guys, but I'm not. I just put up some new steps myself. Although mine are only 3 feet wide, just needed something different before someone actually got killed with the old setup, or something.

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    1. FCH - Thanks :) LOL - you're not copying - t'is in the nature of building. And entrance steps are vitally important - the give the first impression and they need to be safe and secure in all weather. Care to share a peek of yours? :)

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  11. Your home looks wonderful and very inviting. The new steps really made a difference. I look forward to seeing the next phase of your project. Congratulations!

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    1. MsBelinda - Thank you :) Yeah, I'm happy with the way they turned out, and anything would be an improvement on our old entrance...!

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    1. tffnguy - Thanks - think so too :)

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  13. What a wonderful change and welcoming area at your farm. Lovely and inviting .. and practical. I'll be right over :)

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    1. Mrs Mac - The bed is freshly made and waiting... :)

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  14. Much better, looks quite lovely now.

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    1. DFw - Thanks - not quite the eyesore it was... LOL

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