I sure hope you were able to find our home easy in our neighborhood! I usually tell people to look for the one with a pink roof but I now I will have to tell them actual directions since our home got a makeover! One of the things that attracted us to this home was the location but also how cheerful and Florida-esk it is! It reminded me of a place the Golden Girls would live in and the pink colored reminded me of the oldest hotel in Hawaii called the Royal Hawaiian. I merged the two ideas together and after we closed on the house I nicknamed it the Royal Flamingo. Husband called it a happy house as it was very inviting from the exterior.
So here it is the day we closed!
That’s me in the front yard pretending to be a dead body.
This is what we woke up to the very next day after closing on the house. We slept on the floor during a storm and our rain gutter decided it had enough. We realized we were home owners once and for all as we took our first of many trips to the hardware store!Well low and behold this gutter wasn’t our only repair we would have to do. A large issue we ended up having was with the roof so we were finally able to replace it this spring. Here is the after and current picture of our updated exterior! What do you think? But more importantly, what shall we nickname it?
Let me share with you some of the process photos and new details we added! Since our roof had to remain a tile type, we opted for a slate grey that stylewise, would last many decades. These roofs can last a very long time, so I wanted a tile color that would be classy and timeless (and also hide dirt).
This is the tile that was delivered!
I also had a huge desire to get those awnings painted in black and white stripes…something you may also notice a bit or two within the house with my black and white stripe fabric everywhere! 😉 To make the stripes even and consistent, I spray painted the entire awnings a heritage white. Then it was easier just to paint the black on without taping.
Once the roof was done, we were in a bit of a time crunch because a movie was going to be shot in our house and the exterior would also be in a couple scenes. You can see our house (the pink version) in the movie Robo-dog and can order it on Amazon. This year the sequel was being filmed called Robo-dog Unleashed. So in order for the house to look somewhat put-together I enlisted the help of my mom and we painted the garage door and get this… put up the pineapple lights ourselves! We felt pretty proud on that one!
We placed magnetic decorative carriage hinges on the garage door which I think are adorable and tie in the black and white scheme. They’ve also stayed in place really well which I wasn’t expecting. I highly recommend them!
I recommend taking where you live into consideration when updating the exterior of your home. We wanted to keep in tune with the architecture and style of the house but also the neighborhood. The pineapple lights add a bit of whimsy and fun to the house and look cute in warm weather locations. Plus Husband and I have a history in Hawaii, so we like small touches like that. Pineapples represent “welcome” too!
So now if you’re ever again in our neighborhood, please do stop by and say hello. I’ll have you in for a spot of tea perhaps!