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House Tour: Exterior Fall 2009

November 10, 2009

Check out some updates to the exterior here.

Our house is a 1955 basement-less ranch with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. It measures 1147 square feet.

The exterior has an exposed brick chimney that continues indoors to form the fireplace. The siding is tongue-and-groove installed vertically. The front and back façades have fixed floor-to-ceiling windows that angle at the top where they meet the cathedral ceiling. (Hi, Barney!)

The shorter windows on the front of the house to the right of the carport are wood framed double-hung windows installed horizontally, so they slide open at both sides. Most of the windows in the house are installed that way.

On the left side of the house is the carport. Inside the carport is the door we use as the primary entrance to the house, as well as the doors to access the storage area built in on the far left.

On the right side of the house is a sidewalk to what I assume is supposed to be the “formal” front door, because it opens into the living room rather than into the kitchen, as the carport door does.

To the left of the “front” door are the only windows that open differently from the rest of the windows in the house. They are crank-out windows with aluminum or vinyl casings, I’m not sure which.

Back to the left side of the house. Behind the carport is the patio. The patio is currently decorated by four plastic adirondack chairs, a propane grill, and the air conditioning compressor. Not impressive.

What is impressive is the thornless honey locust next to the patio. It’s huge and beautiful.

The back yard slopes downhill from the patio and back of the house to the neighborhood sidewalk.

Wedgewood Park does not have sidewalks along the streets. Instead, the sidewalks run between the back yards where an alley would be. A neighbor said that after the neighborhood was built, a 50-year deed prohibited homeowners from building fences around their back yards. Even though the deed has now expired, we are fortunate to live on a block with few fences, so the view is unobstructed.

This is the view from the sidewalk back up to the house.

The back of the house features a large window in the master bedroom that mirrors the one on the front of the house.

Now let’s head inside through the door in the carport. As soon as we decided to buy this house with its dark blue exterior, I knew I wanted to paint our front door bright yellow. It’s Benjamin Moore Exterior Soft Gloss 2022-10 “Yellow.”


Check out some updates to the exterior here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jana permalink
    December 18, 2009 8:24 am

    N & N – I absolutely LOVE this house. Mid-century modern is a style that is so cool! This is a house that will continue to evolve. You will have a blast making it the home that you want! Too bad I don’t live closer, I’d love to get my hands dirty helping! My love to you both and have a wonderful Christmas! Happy 2010!

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