Season 5 | Episode 3 | Make Me Stay
Sometimes you live in the perfect neighborhood - the streets are safe, the neighbors are great - but the newer home models are SO much cuter so they start to look like a better option. The Pounder family felt just this way, and challenged me to design a front exterior for their home that would make them want to stay.
I wanted to make the Pounder front porch light, bright, and welcoming.....a place that they wanted to drive to after a long day at work. And a place where they wanted to stay for a long time to come.
My favorite thing about this whole design is how light and bright it all is. Creating a space that a client wants to come home to is the biggest compliment in the world, and I think we accomplished that here.
Q: How long have you lived here? How long have you wanted to change the exterior of your home?
A: I grew up in this house. We moved here when I was 9 years old. My grandpa and uncles helped build this house for my mom. Whenever I left for college, I vowed to never come back to the south (I hate the heat). I attended college in Idaho, where I met my husband. A year after we were married, we felt impressed to move back to Alabama. Even though I totally didn't want to consider it, God had other plans for us. While looking for a house, we were overwhelmed with options, it was also during the recession so many people were just dying to get rid of their homes. I knew my parents were wanting to sell their home because they had purchased 12 acres and wanted to build on it. I also knew that my childhood home had good "bones" so naturally it made sense to choose it. Once it became ours, I KNEW it needed many changes. We have spent the last 7 years totally remodeling the inside of the home. Where there was once wall to wall carpet and wallpaper there is hardwood and shiplap. The one part of the renovation that was always so daunting for me was the exterior. I knew it needed to change (I knew that even as a teenager) but I had no idea what to do with it. I cannot tell you how many Pinterest boards I have dedicated to the exterior remodel. It was just too overwhelming for us to try to execute the remodel so it has never happened.
Q: What did you want to change about the exterior of your home?
A: The exterior of our home has outdated everything. But thats not the worse. Its ALL BROWN. Brown roof, brown doors, brown siding, and of course brown landscaping. It is just one big blah. The thing I wanted to change most about the house is how unwelcoming the porch is. We are lucky enough to have one of those traditional southern porches but it was just so dreary that we never wanted to spend time on it. I wanted it to be a space were we could sit out there and just relax after a day at work. I also really wanted to do something with the landscaping but I wasn't sure what would work. We do not have the greenest of thumbs so I wanted something impactful but very low maintenance.
Q: Do you think your parents will like the updates to their old home?
I think that because we came into the home with hammers swinging, they knew it was just a matter of time before we started on the exterior. I know that it will be quite the change for them because the exterior of the home is all that is original to the home anymore. So once its change, it will officially have our mark on it both inside and out which is nice. I know that my mom is very excited to see the change. She admits that it has needed an update but was like me and wasn't sure what to do.
Special thanks to Chris Miller and CMC Contracting Services, LLC for their contribution of labor and materials to this project. If you would like more information on services and to schedule a meeting, visit https://www.cmccontractingservicesllc.com/