The Brick House on Pecan Drive

Lets get this party started!!!  I have lots of before and after photos to share with you this week of The Brick House on Pecan Drive!  It’s super exciting to be done with this project and we are SO ready to get it on the market.  It has been a long and extremely busy time for us these past 5 months since we’ve moved to Tyler.  What a GREAT town and we LOVE Texas (except for the lizards and big bugs, I’m not a fan. lol)!  Anyway, I’m thinking I should start with the exterior of this sprawling ranch style home.  It’s almost 3000 sq. ft. and has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, formal living and dining, eat-in kitchen and a huge great room with a fireplace.  Located in a beautiful neighborhood nestled in a cul de sac and sitting on almost 3/4 of an acre in town.  This was our biggest fixer-upper to date.  Whew!!!  We did it!!!Before Photo of ExteriorThis is what the house looked like when we purchased it.  The one really good thing it had going for it is the fact that the roof had just been replaced.  That was a major plus!Exterior beforeWe immediately removed several of the overgrown shrubs so the house was no longer hidden.Truck got stuckHere is where we had a slight delay.  Haha!  There had been quite a bit of rain and our truck got stuck in the front yard while removing the shrubs with a chain.  Luckily our really nice and helpful neighbor came to our rescue and pulled us out.  There is always something!!!Front Door beforeI’ve got to say, I really hoped that we could rescue this front door but it was in too bad of shape.  Broken and warped glass plus wood rot.  It would have cost way more money to have it restored than to just purchase a brand new door, which was recommended by the professional I talked to.  Bummer!  We also knew that we needed to update the paneled walls to something more current and the whole house needed a fresh coat of paint.New ExteriorI chose SW 7018 Dovetail for the exterior paint on the body and the trim is SW Extra White.  All exterior doors and shutters were painted with SW 7069 Iron Ore.  We now have the brightest house on the block and I love it!  The brick was a yellowy color and the trim was salmon.  Not my taste at all.  A very important detail and probably the most expensive part of this reno was replacing all the windows.  This home was built in the early 60’s and hadn’t been touched since.  We kept some of the mature landscaping because buyers are looking for this when purchasing an older home. new front doorWe ordered our new front door from Home Depot.  It came unfinished so I could paint it to match the rest of the house.  It’s solid wood and was the most cost effective door I could find that had a window.  There were some big ticket items that came up during this renovation so I really had to watch the budget.  As it is, we went way over anyway.  There are just some things you have to take care of no matter what the cost when working on these older homes.Garage ViewHere’s a view of the garage side of the house.  The garage door is new too.  We ordered it from Overhead Garage Door Co.  Extremely happy with it!  (Please ignore the garbage can I forgot to hide before taking photos.  Oops!)backyardThe backyard is large enough to add an additional garage, shop and/or pool.  The skies the limit here!  Needless to say, we had to buy a riding lawn more for this yard.  I’ll show you more of the back patio in a later post so not to get too carried away on this post.

Side note:  Hoping you don’t notice but… the chimney did not get painted and I’m pretty sad about that.  My hubs spray painted the gray around the base of the house and then we decided to hire a painter to finish up the trim and the back patio area.  When we hired him, I specifically asked if he would be able to paint the chimney.  His response was “YES”.  Long story short, when it came time to get up on the roof he got scared.  To be honest, I was scared for him.  He was a really nice man, but I think this job calls for a TEAM of experts.  So, he took a reduction in pay but it has still left us with an unpainted chimney.  Ugh!  It’s always difficult when moving to a new area and finding all new subcontractors.  We’re thankful for all of the great ones we have connected with though, such as our plumber, electrician, tile installer, etc…  Can’t wait to bring them all back to work with us on our next project!

Close upHope you enjoyed the first of many tours of The Brick House on Pecan Drive.  I’ll be inviting you inside for the next tour and we’ll just work our way through the entire house.  This is where you’re REALLY going to see a transformation and I can’t wait to share it all with you!!!


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