The only thing we had done to the front of the house so far was to remove the dated screen door that was hiding a rather cute front door.
One thing that was driving me crazy about the front of the house were the Japanese yews that had been allowed to grow out of control on the sides of the house.
I was so happy to see them go!
I really think it makes a huge difference for the front of the house and I am excited to get in the flower beds and re-landscape. I feel like you actually see the house now and not just the craziness of the trees.
Before you yell at me for killing trees, I must tell you that I did do a lot of thoughtful consideration before having them removed. They were so big and sparse at the trunk that I had really no option of trimming them back down to a reasonable and presentable size.
I worked with a great company called Living Trees and Shrubs on the removal. They made the process super easy for me, we didn't have to be home for them to come write an estimate for the work. They emailed me the proposal, which I returned via email. The work was done quickly (also while we were not home) and they cleaned up beautifully after they were finished. If you have a need, I recommend them.
I am so excited to continue improving the curb appeal of our cute home. Coming up on my list (besides getting in the flower beds and re-landscaping) is painting the front door a fun color, removing the burglar bars from the windows, power washing the brick, adding large potted plants to the front porch, and re-screening.
I'll post progress as it happens!