Monday, July 13, 2009

House trimmings

Our house is getting a little makeover this month. We've known for the past year that the house needed a fresh coat of paint. It's been more than 15 years since it was painted this grey and it's definitely worn in many areas.

Our house was originally built in 1932ish but caught fire sometime around 1990 and was significantly damaged. The owners decided to rebuild and more than doubled the size. I was told by a neighbor that the original house was one of the smallest on our block. Now it's about 2200 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 2 full baths upstairs and an office and full bath on the main floor. While I love it's quirkiness (the front half of the house is original and the back half and upstairs is the new part), it lacks that 1930's character that a lot of classic Portland homes have. We are slowly trying to add some of that classic feel back in a little at a time.

In addition to painting the outside, we decided to have some custom molding put in around the windows and doors. Since then we've noticed that a lot of newer homes are built without this added detail and it's such a shame! Most older homes were built with a lot of attention to the detail, size, and shape of the molding giving each house a unique look. But now it seems to be considered something unnecessary that most home builders cut to save money.

We are so happy with the trim and details the men put into it. I was really nervous at first since they had to cut into our siding to fit the trim in but they did a beautiful job. And now I can't wait to see it painted. If only we can decide on a color! Green? Cream trim? Maybe a third color in there somewhere?? We're hoping to get samples this week since the painter has already begun his prep work.



Linda said...

What a charming house! I love a front porch and think you are right that the newer homes just seem to have a - sort of lack of character. The trim really adds so much to it.
Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

tonia said...

i love it!! it's going to look so nice! dear old house...getting a makeover. you deserve it! :)

Adam and Raechell said...

Just love the color. :D