Monday, November 10, 2014

Brick Colors

Our land we are to build on is in a subdivision with an HOA and Architecture Board. For each house built, the builder/owner has to submit an application. Along with that application, you have to provide a sample of the brick you are to use and the exterior paint chips.

I was not even close to picking a brick color yet. We've been designing this house and I had my choice of brick color and Mr. JCrew had his. This is the only thing where our tastes varied. I like red brick and he does not. My favorite brick color is near my mom's house.

But I'm picky about my red's. It can't be red-red. There has to be some contrast to it. Below is an example of red brick I do not like. It may be that I think the stone doesn't match.

This red brick is okay, and reminds me of our first house.

When I think of brick and stone being on the same side of the house, I picture them matching. This house does that very well. Mr. JCrew says it looks very masculine.

There is white brick that can be testefully done.

And then there is white brick that is too much. I can't judge it yet because it is not finished. The trim and shutters could make it so much better. But I have nicknamed this house the "pink house." When it rains, the house turns pink!

This picture made the brick look white, but it really a cream with varying shades mixed in. This house has been under construction forever. My sister always asks about it becase she can't believe that each time she visits, the owners have not moved in! I think they're close!

Mr. JCrew seems to like gray/brown brick. 

My mom has always loved this house.

To me, I think I shy away from gray/brown because of the lack of color. But there was one color of brick that we both liked and I chose it as my backup color. I loved watching this house be built. I am in love with the front doors and the porch ceiling.

I've thought about painting brick if I couldn't find a color Mr. JCrew and I agreed on.

But I shutter at the maintenance of paint. I rather only have my trim and minimal siding to touch-up every few years and not the entire house.

We drove all around the city and finally found a color we liked. We always overlooked it because the majority of the house is stone.

 I called the builder and asked him the brick name and color. He provided it to me along with the mortar color and stone. I've realized brick shopping how important mortar color is. Below is a sample of the same brick we've chosen, but with a different color mortar. Makes a huge difference.

Ivory Mortar
Buff Mortar

So, I called the brick company and asked if I could borrow a sample to get approval from the HOA. But I also needed the sample to pick an exterior trim color. This step made me really nervous.

I knew what color I wanted the doors to be; Dragon's Breath by Benjamin Moore. I started with that paint swatch. When I pulled it, I realized I loved every color in the family. My choices would now be easy.

I really did do a happy dance and got all excited. This was it! Next, I had to decide what color and where. It's hard to describe without showing you the elevation of the house, but I would need three, possibly four, colors on the exterior.

One rule of thumb I was given, was to pick the shade darker of the color you like when selecting exterior colors. The sun washes colors out. The 'London Fog' color at the top of the swatch in the picture above appears gray, but would look white on the house outside. That was a good rule of thumb to use.

When selecting our colors, I had to remember the style of house I have. It is mainly Tudor, with a front porch. Tudors don't have porches, but we both wanted one. And usually tudor style houses use dark trim colors. You can't find white trim on a tudor. So that nixed my lighter color I had picked for trim (Ben Moore China White).

I picked out three colors. Here's where they fit on the color swatch.

I remembered to pick the shade darker than what I was drawn to.

I am very excited to have picked colors and be happy with them. I really took this step seriously. It's not like the interior that is easier to change. I have a reputation for painting things over, but I think I am learning what I like and am happy with and sticking to that instead of trying to be bold.

As for what we selected:

Brick: Harbour Shoals by Pine Hall Brick
Mortar: Light Buff
Trim 1: Plymouth Rock by Benjamin Moore
Trim 2: Gargoyle by Benjamin Moore
Trim 3: Dragon's Breath by Benjamin Moore

Once they go up on the house, I'll share more pictures.

Whew. I'm getting really excited now.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

We had a great time meeting with family to visit the local pumpkin patch. We went on a Friday in the middle of October. It was not as crowded as the following weeks that I heard about.

The Patch is a great place near by. It has a great big blob the kids bounce on.

Little JCrew did not want to go on it at first, but at the end of our visit, both boys got on to jump and loved it.

The kids love petting the animals.

Mr. Brigglesworth really wanted to hold a bunny all by himself. I was scared he’d choke it, so he did not and then a fit took place.

Little JCrew ran up the stairs and down the slide at least 50 times. There was never a long wait and he loved it.

They had moved the corn bins, but I found them.

 Uncle Derek liked pouring the corn on the boys' heads.

They loved it.

Then they started to get Daddy.

And we took a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins.

Getting the boys to pick out a pumpkin was hard. They were indecisive.

I ended up picking out their pumpkins for them.

There was a train ride the older cousins wanted to go on. I didn't think mine would want to, let alone, sit still. I was surprised when I saw Little JCrew on the ride!

 The next turn, Mr. Brigglesworth and I got on there.

 Mr. Brigglesworth was all about the tractors.

And there were some old machines with slides coming out of them that both boys liked.

And Mr. Brigglesworth enjoyed talking to the animals this time.

Afterward we met up for dinner, and that was a treat. Ever since Mr. JCrew’s sister moved closer, it has been so nice for the cousins to get together so often.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Captain America

For Halloween, the boys dressed as Captain America. It was an easy find at Costco, and it was the only character I could find in a size 3T. I ended up liking that they were the same character, because I think we would have had fights if they were different.

We used those costumes for weeks. The first time to wear them was at our Sunday School Family Costume Party. Mr. Brigglesworth did not want to wear his.

Since it was a family costume party, parents were encouraged to dress up and possible match the entire family. I made our's easy. I bought t-shirts and puffy painted them.

Little JCrew was gifted a Captain America action figure, so I used it as my guide. Then I realized we didn't really match the boys' costumes. We were Captain America's parents!

I put an apron with mine and I wore my costume to work on Thursday for our costume party.

On Wednesday, Little JCrew wore his again to choir. He stayed in character and called everyone by their costume name. Georgia was "Sophia" the entire night.

For actual Halloween, we dressed up and went to Panera Bread for dinner and Publix for games. The boys loved it.

It was REALY cold last night, and since there is a lot of construction going on around the townhouse, not very many of the neighbors had their porch lights on. But we went to one house of my co-worker, MAJ Gillespie. The boys loved it.

We've had a great time dressing up. I'm sure we'll continue wearing them at home.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Our Old House - Update

It’s fun to look back at old pictures of the house.

With all the packing, it did not look this way and I had quickly forgotten.

The new owner has been in the house for 4 months now, and it doesn’t look like our house anymore.

New Owner's Living Room Setup

 Little JCrew’s room is now an office.

I’ve been in there several times and each time, it becomes more and more his.

It doesn’t give me a sad feeling at all. I am happy to provide a home for someone else. I know that the new owner is meticulous and things are well taken care of.

It is fun to see someone else’s style with the same layout. People see things differently.

We had some issues with our BRAND-NEW Dishwasher at the old house, so I had to go over once a week. That's more than I wanted to be over there. I'm ready to let go of this house and move on. The time is getting closer and closer. In the next few weeks we should be getting a date set for closing!
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