Today is our Home-iversary – we’ve been in our home 6 years now and although there’s still so much we’re changing and updating, we have come a long way. I’m just going to focus on the outside changes in today’s post.

Here’s how she looked on move-in day and funny enough – I didn’t have a vision for the outside when we bought this. There was so much that needed love on the inside that the outside was an afterthought.

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Within the first month we tore down the gingerbread.

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The house went from blue to gray, we removed the picket fence, planted a few plants and changed out the front door. It sat like this for a long time.

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But our grass was all weeds and our sprinkler system didn’t work right so we sought out sprinkler repair man. Several came to look at the project and they all told us the same thing. We needed a completely new system and needed to retrench all the pipes (we had a couple broken lines below the surface). The conversation then shifted. If we need to dig up the whole front yard – is there any landscape we want to change before that happens?

Which led us to this picture. Six orange trees completely uprooted and laying flat in our front yard. We tore out every living item and even non-living items like the sidewalk, light fixture and mailbox. We wanted a clean slate.

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Which is what we got… Just two months before Briggs was born. The home seemed suddenly exposed.

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My dad came down and helped me build out the posts and run the landscape bricks. Just weeks after Briggs was born we got back to the project and planted all the plants, ran all the landscape lighting and drip lines and had sod put in. And here we sit…for now.

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There’s still more to do, but we love where we’re at and we’re not going anywhere, so we’re taking our time. If feels like we’ve been here far longer than 6 years and with each passing year our roots grow just a little deeper.

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