We worked on the inside. We worked in the back yard. We worked all over this house except for one area — the front.
Our house was a sad little thing when we bought it. Curb appeal? Schmurb appeal. We didn't even rate a paved driveway (though that was remedied by way of our contract for purchase). It lacked storm doors, which are an absolute must for me. But when we bought it we focused on the interior, not the exterior.
This summer we finally started focusing on the outdoors, building our giant patio / wall. Finally, we turned our attention to the front. After a lot of time, effort, expense, and frustration, we feel better about how it looks.
Here are the before and after photos:
Now it's home.