Since we haven't yet worked on the outside of the house, this section is about the Patterson's exterior renovations. As you can see from the photo above and to the right, the biggest alteration they made was adding a roof over the deck. This was such a surprise to us as it looked so seamless, like it was part of the original design.
The house was also originally teal and white (only b&w photos exist from this time period, sadly). The Patterson's repainted the teal accents brown, which is how it remains today. For a short time, the balcony was yellow.
A New Deck
The front entryway to the house was originally comprised of a cement walkway, slab, and stairs that ran down to the driveway. According to the Patterson's daughters, the cement was uneven and extremely icy in the winter...especially the stairs. So their parents re-conceived the entryway and built a new wooden porch.
At this time, the Patterson's also removed the brick screen just right of the doorway and the stairs leading up to the deck.
When the Patterson's lived here, the yard was colorful and lush. As master gardeners, they enjoyed spending time outdoors carefully curating the landscape around the Rapp house. The property is on an 18,000 sq ft lot, so our understanding was that keeping it up was almost like a full time job. Over the years, and without their care, it has become overgrown and barely manageable. We look forward to bringing it back to what it was in these pictures sometime in the near future.
Our Sears Mailbox
We pulled up to an estate sale and saw that the house had an original 1961 Diamond Jubilee mailbox. It didn’t have a stand, so Cole welded one based on an advertisement we saw in an original Sears Catalog. We had the box and stand powedercoated white and the flag red.
The Four Seasons