I went out and got some pictures of the font of the house so you can see how things fit together there. This is a very long house made up of three sections. The middle section is the main house. The front door opens into the sunken “living room” that we use as my work room on the left and the dinning room on the right with the family room and kitchen behind . Then the left wing contains Luke;s bed room to the left and the master bed room to the right with the bathroom, dressing room and large walk in closet next to the master. The right hand wing contains my bedroom and Landens bed room with our full Baath the the left and the laundry room to the right and off that is the “mud room” that we use as a storage room for all my crafts and the freezer and off that is the big two car garage, We use this as a one car garage and Joe’s work room.
Here is the house from the road. As you can see we will need to redo the drive way some time in the future. Notice the stone wall on the right which extends as part of the garage. One of the neighbors told me he had never seen the wall before because of the big tree that was down and over grown with vines and the vines had completely covered that wall. Also all of those bushes were covered with vines. Mark took off several truck loads of vines and mess from this area and he trimmed and shaped all of the bushes. It is rather late in the year to trim these bushes so we won’t bet many blossoms in the spring but we may get some and we do have healthier bushes now. Also notice the sky lights. They bring in so much light to the dinning room, the family room in back and Lukes room there on the left.
Walking down the drive way and turning to the left you see the left hand side of the yard and the neighbor’s house. This is Court’s house, She is Judge Judy’s grand daughter. The drive way circles around and back to the street but the back side of the circle was never paved. Most of the houses in here have cement circular drives and we would love to have the same but just to redo the half that was paved would cost $10,000 so I guess what we have will have to do for a while.
Walking down the drive way and slightly to the right you come to our front door. These are the two area we need to do first as I said this morning. Holly would like flowers in the left and we both want our orchid tea room on the right. Notice what a mess the tenants made of the drive. One day we will need to do something about that too. There are so many such messes that need to be fixed. That is why it is so bad to rent a house. It is almost impossible to get good tenants.
This is a close up of the stone wall and garage. It is also the area where we took out the fallen tree and broke the water pipe. You can see some of the stump Mark could not get out and right behind it is an old stump left from many many years ago. These stumps just never rot. We will plant flowering bushes in front of this area along the drive way and then put some flowers in the area to dress it up. It doesn’t get a lot of sun as there is still a very big old tree just to the right of this. The light on the wall was not working when we came here and Joe fixed it. Everyone was impressed and asked him how it did it. He said, “I changed the light bulb”.
Back to the house and to the left of the front door is the sunken living room and Luke’s room. He has sky lights in his room. Mark trimmed and shaped all of these bushes too.
Beyond Luke’s room is the path to the back yard. Mark did a lot of cleaning up back there and we are still working on that too. There are six years or more of leaves and fallen branches broken up back there and roots of vines that have to be pulled out as they make it hard to walk and not trip over. But we are getting there. Landen goes out most days now and burns more leaves and sticks.
This is all covered up now and ready to be planted with new bushes and flowers. And so the front of the house you have now seen. Tomorrow I will take you to the back yard where we do most of our living. Have a good night.