Thursday, February 23, 2006

Home Sweet Home


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This is our house. The view is from the south looking north. The porch wraps around this south side and the front, which faces east. It's a fairly hard house to photograph because of the shade tossed at it by large oaks.

I actually like the shade in this picture since it's hiding beaucoup stuff stacked all over the porch.

When we first moved on to this property with one toddler and one baby on the way, we lived in a 42 foot single wide for a year or so. The house seemed enormous when the kids were small and our brains were still used to the single wide mobile home. Now, everybody is bigger and we realize, it's a pretty small, but very cozy house by modern standards. Hence all the interior remodeling that I write about from time to time.

Essentially, we have been trying to make new space without the new mortgage expense of a major addition. That is still in progress, (my surgery put a hold on remodeling for a month) and good progress was made this week.

Unfortunately, I was reminded recently, that we have neglected the outside as we focused on the interior. The girl's boyfriends were visiting last weekend (it's okay...they're pretty nice boys) and we were watching some of our older family home videos.

At one point, a view of the front yard and house came on the video and almost simultaneously both of the boyfriends said, " Is that this house?"

Translation: "Gee, the yard and the porch looked a lot better back then."

In truth, it did. The video was a summer scene with green freshly mowed grass, a picket fence long gone added a nice framing effect, and the cedar siding was freshly stained...oh yeah, and the porch was not full of tools, compound miter saw, dry wall scraps,lumber, and my weight machine.

It was a wake up call.

The "Honey Do" list just got longer. Posted by Picasa

24 comments:

pablo said...

Compound mitre saw! Everyone should have one of these.

Floridacracker said...

Pablo,
Man you're up early. Yes, the compound miter saw (are you francais?)is essential...I can cut straight now.

Thunder Dave said...

Hey man, the place still looks nice to me!

I know the feeling though. I've got to stain our deck and paint the shed this spring.

Wayne said...

The place looks fantastic.

The pretty nice boys sound like a source of refurbishment conscripts to me. Isn't that what they're for?

roger said...

what a beautiful house! ahh yes. the porch problem. the "culch porch." too much stuff, or not enough covered space. you and wayne both need outbuilding(s). completely enclosed. heated. with tunes and a comfy chair. the chair will hold delicate items of culch.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

That's a beautiful home. Love that porch. We're thinking about putting cedar shingles on our place. So seeing your cedar siding is definitely an incentive.

pablo said...

Actually, when I opened your post this a.m., my wife was standing beside me, and her first words were "What a cute house!" She would love nothing more than a nice wrap-around porch. Great. Thanks for raising the bar!

bonnie said...

Nice digs! But, where's the rocking chair where you sit holding a rifle for when those boyfriends come to call?

You are a good do-bee, indeed.

Deb said...

Nice house! I'm looking forward to the day we move into our bigger digs, and everything will seem enormous. Hopefully by this fall.

vicki said...

Lovely house- GREAT porch! I can't see (the sun on this park bench is blinding me)- do you have a Pawly Island hammock somewhere on there? Houses should feel bigger or smaller depending on the way the family breathes and grows- nobody needs these giant drywall palaces they are throwing up these days. This place is clearly not just a house; it's a home. Where people have more or less time for spit and polish.

vicki (again) said...

oh! I just noticed dear friend Bonnie is stopping by- she's an absolute charm to have on your comment zone!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Aw, hell with it. Go take a calming stroll through the south 40.

Zanne said...

What a wonderful house! I love, love, love the porch. Yes, Pablo, women love porches - great for sipping lemonade or gin....or both. And yes, you need an outbuilding or a big garage for all those tools and toys. Line the porch with rockers.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That's a cozy looking house and I like that it's not surrounded by nosey neighbors.

The warmth of cedar siding makes a house look more homey,
confortable and inviting. I know that it requires more upkeep because I once had a home with cedar siding...I wish I still had it.

Floridacracker said...

Thunder,
We put a few dings in it since you were here.

Wayne,
Thanks, actually both of these guys have offered to assist and I did draft one of them for carpet ripping.

DPR,
That outbuilding sounds ideal. Can I aircondition it instead of heat?
LOL at the chair cultch.

RD,
Cedar shingles...great idea. The pirate needs a good hobby!

Pablo again,
Hey I knew Libby had good taste. Building her a porch will be good practice for the RR house.

Bonnie,
Welcome! There are two rocking chairs up front and a glider swing for chaperoning :)

Deb,
It's gonna seem enormous. Can't wait to see more progress pics.

Vicki,
No hammock but we have discussed it. I know how to knit nets and actually thought I would make a hammock once, but priorities changed. Glad to have Bonnie along for the ride.

Hoss,
The voice of reason.

Zanne,
Glad you like it. That porch is a sweeeet place to be in a tropical downpour.

Abandoned,
That cedar does have a warmth even if some of that warmth comes from restaining it every 5 years. Definitely no nose neighbors...you could rock naked on that porch and only the deer would know...well, the power company meter reader might notice, but timing is everything.

To All,
We found this plan in a bookstore magazine rack when we lived in Savannah and both agreed (rare!) on it. We ordered the plans and kept them stored for about 3 years before we bought our land and moved the trailer on it.

Tim Rice said...

That house communicates a sense of home. And I like the porches. When I was a kid, I liked to use the porch at our house to watch summer's thunderstorms.

Floridacracker said...

Tim,
I like to stand on it and watch the trees sway during the canes and tropical storms that blow by.

Laura said...

I'm with the other commenters. Loved the porch and the cedar and everything about the house, the land and all!
I miss living out in the country. I'm going to have to stop coming to your blog because it makes me homesick. lol
(j/k).

Floridacracker said...

Laura,
Thanks. I was thinking yesterday how hard it would be for me to adjust to seeing my neighbor when I stepped out in the yard.

Hick said...

I love your house. It would look great on my property. I always wanted a wrap around porch.

Better get cracky-lackin' on your projects. You made me think of all mine.

doubleknot said...

You have my dream home. It may only be a dream for me but I am glad someone lives in it.
Don't worry about the junk - we have a porch -enclosed - that has boxes we haven't unpacked since we moved in over a year ago - now do we really need those things?

Floridacracker said...

Hick,
I'm drowning in projects! I need to put my little life guards to work.

Doubleknot,
If you haven't worn it, used it, missed it for a year, you probably don't need it. That's my philosophy.

Weary Hag said...

Gorgeous house! Having lived in a single-wide mobile home for 10 years, tents look spacey to me. It's really lovely though ... and I'm sure you'll get things done in due time.

Floridacracker said...

Thanks weary. The singlewide experience was a good one for us, but we outgrew it pretty quick.