So this is the before of the their house. Sure looks a lot like ours even has same heinous iron railing at front steps.
How awesome is that!!!! ARTS AND CRAFTS which I love. That and Prairie style. So then I thought I'd just stick their front portico on our house and see how it looked and well one thing led to another and 8 hours later this is how it looks.
I'm not sure about my landscaping now that the house has so much more pop. It seems like the landscaping is too much. And I lost our mailbox. Oh well we'll find it somewhere. Had to put the hydrant back like 3 times. I think it's pretty awesome. I wanted I thought a similar color to the doors for the cedar shake siding but I think it's better with the green. Makes the house stand out. If you look close you can see the entrance to the Chinese/Japanese garden on right. Actually it would be more of a Chinese garden I think with a dry river bed of Mexican beach rock. Japanese typically has the sand you rake. That would not be zen for me but drive me bonkers.I also couldn't fit the rock garden I planned in this shot since it's further to the right so I threw a couple rocks further up on hill to represent that element. Very hard to find retaining wall pictures to show how we'd terrace front yards maybe I'll find that next time. But wow it's time to go to bed!