We rarely use our front yard. No one even uses the front door to get to the house, I think it has now officially become the back door. The ex-front yard is just for the Dorkies to play in now. And it tends to get neglected, see how back the picket fence needs painting? I try to call it "charming" but its really just ignored and peeling.
But since Agnes Rosebud is so tiny, we've had to line the fence with chicken wire to keep her in, which makes it extra hard to paint. All that would have to come down before I could scrape the peeling paint off. So, I think I'll stick with fooling myself that it is charming and rustic.
Same thing with the deck out there too. I don't even attempt to keep flowers planted there, I know they'd just be dried up and forgotton. This could be a cute area, but if no one ever sees it, does it matter?
I've learned over the years that sometimes, you have to pick your battles. There is only so much time in the day.
But this was way beyond ignoring. This was some major repair work that needed to be done, not just cosmetic stuff. Our ex-front door way was rotting away. While we were having other stuff done, we decided to have the guys repair this too. We are getting better guttering, and had this siding ripped off, flashing installed under it, and then replaced.
See, better already! Now, I need to repaint this corner of the house, and my son is rebuilding the dog door area. We have ordered an energy efficient one that should help our problem with drafts (and snow blowing in on blizzardy days!)
This is another problem area that the guys handled for us. A weird gap between the new addition and the deck, that leaked water into the breezeway. More for me to paint....
Sorry, these aren't all that interesting are they? I shouldn't show the ugly side of the cottage. But its there. Every house has issues of some sort and the older the house, the more there are. It felt good to have a crew here working on stuff and fixing problems. Repairs are not as glamorous as remodelling, but probably are even more important!