As a Designer, there are probably 5 different architectural styles of homes that I LOVE. Traditional, European, Farmhouse, Cape Cod … the list could go on! But when we bought this house, it was a mid-century modern home … which just so happens to be one of the styles I’m not so fond of!! LOL! However, what I did love about this home was the property, the location, and the fact that I had a vision for it!!
Even though I knew what I really wanted to do on the inside … I always struggled with what to do on the OUTSIDE. I knew I wanted the exterior of our house to be white … I know … surprising, right?! LOL. But our last house had a darker exterior and was stone so I knew I wanted a change this time around.
Below are some photos I had saved on my Pinterest board for exterior inspo …
I wanted this home to be a modern farmhouse and have a traditional feel. I wanted a big porch with lots of outdoor space … and to be honest, I thought we were just going to have to replace the siding and some brick and do a few minor things but it turns out we ended up basically taking this house right back to the bones. We ended up replacing the roof, removing the siding … adding a front porch and so much more.
Our original home had sort of an alcove in the front of the house which we ended up filling in and adding the porch here … you can see the difference in the before and after photos below!
While it was a lot of work to fill this in and build our porch (sometimes I wish we would have just demolished our home and started fresh!!), our front porch is one of my favourite parts of our house. It’s so cozy and inviting and I just love the way it turned out aesthetically. I absolutely LOVE our Trex decking and furniture, we have the Yacht Club Rocking Chairs in charcoal black on our front porch along with the Yacht Club Porch Swing. Everything we have from Trex is so durable and I love the fact that it looks like wood but it doesn’t splinter, fade, or crack!!!
We get a lot of questions about our front door, it’s a wood door which we had custom made by Westwood Custom Windows and Doors, we then painted it a fun light blue called Athabasca by Benjamin Moore and added hardware, the Hamden entry set in satin nickel from Emtek! Ps. The pineapple pendant light and the sconces (AND the doormat) are from Wayfair and people ALWAYS as about these items as well!
I really love the siding we went with on our home. Not only do I love the look of it but it’s also super durable. It’s Allura Fibre Cement by Plygem and we painted it Oxford White from Benjamin Moore!
Then there’s the roof … Justin had his heart set on a metal roof … which is not-so-traditional, yes farmhouse-y but wouldn’t have normally been my first pick. But hey, there are two people in this relationship and I decided that this was one thing I could compromise on. So we ended up going with a light warm grey metal roof and after having it for a little while it has certainly grown on me, and everyone else LOVES it!
When it comes to our windows (we also got these from Plygem!), I’m really happy with them (and love the size) but a part of me almost wishes I would have done black frames around them for some contrast, I really struggled with this decision!! I remember wanting these windows to look like something you would see on a vintage Italian grandma’s home which is why I decided to go with the black and white striped awnings on the front of our home. I debated between shutters and awnings for the longest time but I’m happy with my decision and I think they turned out really well!!
Then there’s the YARD!! As I mentioned earlier in this post, the yard is what made us fall in love with this property. It had 3 original fruit trees that are over 40 years old!! However, with all of the construction that went on about 75% of the yard was torn up so we had to do some major work to get the yard back to looking tip top and we’re ALMOST there!! We planted 7 more fruit trees, so we now have a total of 10!! 3 cherry trees, 3 peach trees, 2 pear, and 2 apple! We also planted a veggie garden out back, so by next year there won’t be many trips to the grocery store! ?
We’ve been lucky to have the help of the Bylands team this summer to help us get our yard looking really beautiful, we must have over 300 plants to take care of and it’s still not done but it’s a work in progress that we love!!
Of course, in the backyard, we also have our pool which the team at Latham helped us customize (you can find all of our pool details here!!). This is the place where we love to hang out and make memories … especially in this hot Okanagan weather!! If we’re in need of some shade or need a break from the pool we like to kick back in our downstairs patio!! The club chairs, sofa, and coffee table are from Trex, ours are the colours Sand Castle and Bird’s Eye! The gorgeous ceiling is by Woodtone and all of the potlights are from Sylvania.
Alright, now that I’ve shared everything I LOVE about the exterior of our home, I do have one thing that I would change about it if I could go back in time (other than totally starting our home from scratch!!). One of my biggest regrets with this space is the fact that we went with a concrete deck, driveway and pool surround. I didn’t really want this in the first place but I was talked into it by the male influences in my life. LOL.
I find that concrete cracks and stains really easily and to me, it always looks dirty. If I could go back and redo it, I would have decided to go with an exposed aggregate, paving stone, or stamped concrete but the problem with these is that it’s harder to remove snow off of these textured surfaces but these textured surfaces also HIDE a lot of stuff … so there are definitely pros and cons to each.
I would love some feedback as to what driveway and solid surface YOU went with if you did a new build or reno … I really want to be educated and PREPARED for the “next” house lol …
That is the one thing I learned with the exterior … do your research when it comes to deciding on whether or not you want to go with concrete vs paving stone, etc. because once it’s poured there is no going back … unless, of course, you want them to go ahead and jack it all up which is … well, not the most convenient or cost effective! LOL! You’re going to want this done and you’re going to want it done right so make sure to take your time with this, go to houses and look at examples. I feel like we rushed this part of the process and now I wish we didn’t!
There you have it, ladies and gentleman!! I think all we have left to show you now is the rumpus room downstairs … the garage … and baby girls nursery and then our home tour will be COMPLETE!!!
Photographed: Mackenzie Dempsey
Electrical: Bridge Energy
Front Door: Westwood Custom Windows and Doors
Rocking Chair: Trex
Porch Swing: Trex
Pot Lights: Sylvania
Outdoor Area Rug: Wayfair
Table Lamps: Wayfair
Topiaries: Bylands Garden Centre
Planters: Bylands Garden Centre
Patio Table & Chairs: Canadian Tire
Club Chair: Trex
Club Sofa: Trex
Club Coffee Table: Trex
Paint: Benjamin Moore Kelowna
Pool Customization: Latham
Justin and I are so excited to work with all of the above-mentioned companies throughout our renovation and we’re so grateful for partnering with some of them on this huge project of ours!!! Stay tuned for more updates!!