Out – house Goal

I mean out side the house goal,  I’m really exposing myself with this one.  This post is full of shame.

I need you to imagine this building with just the roof, being held up with six 4×4’s and the existing deck. Ok that’s what it looked like when we moved in to our house.  One day while I was sitting out here I came up with the idea of what you see here.  We added six more 4×4’s, built the window like areas, screened it in and I stained it.  Moved the sink to the outside, and tiled it.  It looked great for a few years.

(I found a bad before pic, so maybe this will help your imagination.  The picture is of my son and I cropped him out, I’m sure he’ll be glad.)

As you can see, it went through a hugh transformation.

I always start out telling Mr. reFresh things like, it will be easy.  You won’t have to do much, I will help you a lot!  Most of the time it works :)  And I usually draw him a picture, because he needs that, to understand what I’m demanding, asking of him.

We bought new patio furniture, a rug and new plants for the pots.

It already had an electrical outlet, we installed a t.v. and put in a little refrigerator.

I did a great job keeping it up until I got busy with other things and it went down hill fast.  That is why this will be probable be my biggest project this year.

I wanted you to see the potential, because it’s almost as bad as the before.  We were gone most the summer and when we were home, we just never went down there.  We have no good excuse, so the do-over project will happen as weather permits

Drum roll~

 It looks worse right now, during the winter.  It is in need of some major TLC.

This is the bottom of one of the screen doors, they both need to be replaced.

I consider this to be the largest splinter known to mankind.

This tragedy speaks for itself.

My once beautiful tile-work:

Lays in a pile beside the sink.

I will want to Come In and Sit a Spell, but not now.

Do you have anything like this haunting you?  I hope I’m not alone.

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  1. 1

    Wow, Debbie I can see great potential with this space. You have a great backdrop….it will be beautiful and soooooo worth it.
    Tabitha@simplyhome recently posted..Progress and a treat

  2. 2
    Gina says:

    I’m sure it was beautiful & I’m sure it will be again! It looks like a great space to relax in.
    Gina recently posted..Winter Mantel 2012

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    Shannon Fox says:

    I only wish I had that problem! What an amazing space. We change so much over time and I am sure take two will be even better then the first redo ;) Looking forward to seeing that reveal. (as weather permits) hehe
    Shannon Fox recently posted..Resolution One – Organize & Purge

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    Susan says:

    I think you have great potential there! I can’t wait to see what you do with the place! I’m hoping to do something with my backyard this summer – I guess I should take some “before” pictures :)
    Susan recently posted..Thrifting Sunday

  5. 5

    It doesn’t take long for things to lose their beauty out in the elements especially if you aren’t home.
    I have a feeling you will have this cute little house fixed up and ready for summer 2012!

  6. 6

    I absolutely love this out(door) house. I can’t wait to see how it comes together. A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea Monday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  7. 7

    Omg, I love it! I wanna come visit! I love being on the lake!

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    domestiCate says:

    I can definitely see the potential! What a lovely spot. I know how you feel…having neglected a space and seeing it fall apart a bit. Good luck with sprucing it up. It will be better than ever when you’re done!
    domestiCate recently posted..2012 Home Goals

  9. 9

    Wow – whatever state it’s in, I want that cute little house on the water! I’m sure you’ll do wonders with it and can’t wait to see!

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    Helen says:

    Debbie, our screened porch required re-screening and that was like wrecking the house or so it seemed. I cannot stand home repairs and not knowing when or if the repair group will show up. Are y’all planning to do the work yourselves? Of course doing one repair alway leads to another one. Good luck!
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    Melody says:

    Okay, at least I’m not alone in areas that need work at my house! However, what a killer space! How awesome would it be to sit a spell and drink a glass of wine with the breeze in my hair! :) ha ha. Anyway, I think the vision is there! Thanks for sharing off at my place! Come post another one tomorrow! Please. :)
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