Monday, August 29, 2011

More dreams of an Italian villa here...

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As promised above is a pic of my home. The little shot shows it as it was when I purchased it earlier this year and the larger shot shows it after an exterior makeover. The roof was cleaned, the brickwork rendered, the other bits painted, and a large gate has been added at the side. I’m very pleased with the finished product. Somehow I was led to a group of young tradespeople who were honest and hardworking and lovely people as well. If you’re in Toowoomba and want any contact details just let me know. Well it certainly looks better doesn’t it. I think we’ve managed to bring the whole place together as a whole as opposed to a bitsey look. The balustrades (which also run down the side and around the back, top and bottom) now blend in with the house. To enhance the villa look I’ve started planting more pencil pines, box hedges, red geraniums and red bougainvillea. There’s already a very old wisteria growing on the lower front pergola. It had to be cut back for painting but is starting to shoot again. The house is on quite a large plot of land with lots of planting down each side and out the back. Below I’ve included some photos taken today of flowers in the garden. They look quite lovely in the pics as you can’t see all the weeds! Considering that it’s the end of winter here it’s not a bad show though.

17 comments:

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

It looks great!

Katrina Jackson said...

Absolutely beautiful! Though I expected nothing less. :)

kj said...

these are wonderful before and after pictures! i admit i like the before as much as the after! i know how much fun it is to be a 'non working supervisor' and squealing with excitement as a remodel takes shape. it looks great, chrisy. this is no small house! i keep forgetting we live so far apart. i kind of like that i don't remember.


kj

The Stapelia Company said...

Wow. Your house is beautiful, Chrisy. The makeover really does make it look like a villa! :)

Couture Carrie said...

What a gorgeous home you have!
Fabulous makeover!

xoxox,
CC

Hot Fudge said...

Oh, what a stunning house and garden. We've just moved back to Sydney after an absence of nearly 21 years and I am still getting used to the beautiful magnolias, camelias and azaleas which you also have blooming up there in Toowoomba.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wow, wow, WOW! You did an amazing job. What a gorgeous home. Congrats on getting it all done so fast too.
Cheers, jj

Sam said...

Wowwee! You've worked wonders here! Nicely done my friend! You could hire yourself out asa house make over expert - seriously! Really lovely! :0)

Sam said...

Wowwee! You've worked wonders here! Nicely done my friend! You could hire yourself out asa house make over expert - seriously! Really lovely! :0)

Sam said...

Wowwee! You've worked wonders here! Nicely done my friend! You could hire yourself out asa house make over expert - seriously! Really lovely! :0)

Pop Champagne said...

you have a beautiful home- BOTH homes!!

Cassy said...

Such an adorable home of yours.
I also love the flowers on the slide show.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

wobblinbetty said...

wow so much work and it looks so good now!
loving the flowers and also the garden inspiration from the previous post...also, I'm Italian and I wish I had a garden like that where I live in Milan...but unfortunately you can afford this beauties only in the countryside :)

Imogen said...

Wow I am impressed, it is so beautiful. It must be so exciting to have a house. The improvements are great, it looks so much better afterwards.

deb said...

I LOVE the color of the house in the before picture. It looks washed out in the after picture. Could just be the lighting though. Love the pencil pines you added

susan said so said...

Oh it's lovely! You guys have done a great job - I'm really looking forward to seeing it progress through the years!

xox,
Susan

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

Just great. The render just makes a world of difference.