Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Before and Not-Quite After

Today I thought I would show you some of the changes since we purchased the Squash House about 2 ½ years ago. For those of you new to my blog - my husband and I call our second home “The Squash House” - the name of a beautiful imaginary place in a fantasy called “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin. When we first looked at the house we turned to each other and said “Squash House” at the same time - now that’s Karma!

Last January there was a freak windstorm which destroyed old growth trees all over town. We lost two 50 year old Blue Spruces in the backyard. They provided loads of shade and gave the 1/3 acre lot a park-like appearance. This is a picture of that section of the yard from the real estate listing. The yellow arrow is pointing to the two trees that fell in the storm:

This past November we had two large cultivar maple trees planted in the same area to replace the Spruces. Can you believe the difference (They are the trees with the white "booties")? Shocking, isn’t it! We were also surprised at how far apart they were planted, but the tree exert assured us they will get quite large, quite fast, so the space was necessary - we will have to remove some of the shrubbery to the left and right of the maples as well. Fall will bring spectacular color to the leaves!
Here are two pictures of our new back door. It isn’t finished as you can see, but what a difference it has made already! The previous door was a solid wood. The amount of additional light this door lets into the dining and living room is wonderful! I didn’t have a good picture of the old door, but you can easily imagine the difference. The mini blind is encased inside glass panes and can be tilted and also completely raised for maximum light!


Now here I have to ask you to use your imagination as the lighting wasn’t good for this photo. We purchased a padded, laminate flooring to replace the carpet in our downstairs family room. One wall is knotty pine - and where most folks these days would tear it out and put up drywall - we like it and it will fit well with our antiques! We looked at a lot of different solid surfaces, but all of it was either too expensive given the large size of the room, or it blended too much with the knotty pine. I found this flooring at Costco, and it blends well with the knots in the knotty pine. (It is slighlty darker than in the photo). We purchased one box and laid it out - and we were sold! You also won't see the white seams between the planks once it's installed - so again you need to use your terrific imaginations! Our builder found us a floor installer and hopefully it will finished by the time we make our next trip over. So consider this your “before” photo!

12 comments:

Libby said...

Beautiful - inside and out. I would keep that knotty pine, too *s*

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

Yes I agree with keeping the knotty pine, I love the knots and it makes a warm feeling to the home. Amazing the difference without the Blue Spruce, I love them, but your new trees will give you shade in the summer and sunlight in the winter. I like your new backdoor. I am all for letting the natural light inside.

Stephanie said...

Looks like Squash House is going be a wonderful place for you to live full time! :o)

Carrie P. said...

Oh, I am behind reading blogs again and I missed Bob's birthday. Tell him Happy Birthday late.
Our first house had knotty pine ceilings. We loved them too.

Cindy said...

I like the knotty pine - homey and warm to me.

You just sound "happy".

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing, Candace. I think we'll have to remove a nice shade tree soon, too. I am thinking of planting a non-fruiting flowering pear, because we had one, once, that had beautiful leaves in the fall!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I would keep the knotty pine and I love the florr you picked out, wow, what a shame about the trees and what a difference! I also love the door, for my old eyes, the more light the better!!

Gran said...

Exciting! I love the door. Losing two blue spruce trees is a hard thing. Your replacements are going to look nice. I enjoyed your sharing.

Anonymous said...

How exciting to plant new trees and watch them grow..Love those blinds in between the window panes. My grand daughter has those in her dorm room and I am very envious wishing all of my blinds were the same way. Louise

Marla said...

I love knotty pine too. Actually my DH and I bought enough of this at Lowes last fall to put on a wall in our living room to replace wallpaper. It brings me back to my childhood home where my parents had it in their home. Your home is going to be so wonderful!

Darlene said...

I'd keep the knotty pine, too. I think it looks cozy!

Sending lots and lots of good wishes for selling your current home so you can get to The Squash House soon.

happy zombie said...

I love before and afters... but sad about the trees... but happy about the new ones!

I love your door. TALK ABOUT PARALLEL LIVES... I just said to T-man LAST NIGHT... I want to replace the front doors with the doors that have blinds encased in the windows. OMG!