The Beach House Exterior

     The Landscapers finished up on Friday night – this was a big job and it sure changed the curb appeal of the house!  Gone are the weeds and the years of overgrowth.  We trimmed and saved the large oak tree, but everything else had to be removed.

This is the side yard, AKA the jungle, before:

And now…

We planted red oleanders which are on their own drip system so they will grow tall quickly.  I made sure not to plant them under the windows so the view from  inside won’t be blocked like it was before.  The oak tree looks like it is going to make a full recovery – it likely had years of only being watered by the rain.  Now it has some friends:

The front door was a mess and is still a work in progress.  The satellite dish had more wires wrapped around the house than you can count – I don’t think this was a professional installation!  So that is still being untangled before it is removed.  Here is the front entrance before:

And now:

This was the back yard before…

And  now… we’ve done a lot to the back yard.  The new french doors in the Sunroom and the Master make such a difference!  We added a brick paver patio to the Master and a landing by the french doors.  Now there is lots of green grass and red azaleas.

Still some painting and trim work to be done here, but the new doors and windows look great!

The Master now opens to the brick paver patio – a perfect perch for a small table and chairs to enjoy your morning coffee:

Remember where we started?

The new blue shutters turned out great – if I lived here I would add a group of bright blue planters filled with bright colored flowers:

You can see them in the photos – but here are the new exterior lights.  I read the reviews and they are great in locations close to the beach – salt air tends to corrode things and it is hard to get inside to replace a bulb after salt air exposure.  So these are open and I love the way they look – and under $25 at Lowes.  I think they would look equally great in a kid’s bathroom!

This isn’t the exterior, but I had to share a photo of the new open shelves in the kitchen.  I saw a picture of shelves like these on Pinterest and just had to have them.   So we ordered the corbels and Mr. Contractor built and painted the shelves – love!!!


     The other day when I was driving  to the Beach House, I saw a For Sale sign at the Inspriation House!  Later this week I’ll give you a tour of that Gulf Front beauty!



About Kris Moran

I love decorating and design – one of the favorite perks of my job is seeing all of the wonderful homes and condos that we list and sell! I love to “borrow” inspiration from them, and from decorating shows, magazines and the many blogs I am addicted to!


  1. […] Remember the house I “real estate stalked” and used their paint colors as inspiration for our beach house?  This house, from the outside, is my favorite in our neighborhood, […]

  2. […]      The Sunroom saw a lot of change as well.  All new windows and a french door leads to the newly landscaped back yard with a brick paver landing and patio.  We removed the french doors to the bedroom and removed the sort of cool (but extremely rusty and severly painted over) vintage window to the living room – I think this room was enclosed at some point and that was an original exterior window.  This room also has concrete floors, fresh paint, new baseboards and molding, new lighting and a new front door.  This room also has a large closet that we revitalized.  Oddly enough, this is the “true” front door of the house because this is the street of the home’s address.  This is where we added a new gravel driveway and sidewalk leading to this door if you remember from my earlier exterior photos. […]