Exterior Stone Detail

In about a week we will be going to pick out the stone for our home. I've been looking at stone companies and inspirational pictures for at least a year now so I have good idea of what I really want and I don't want. I love larger pieces of stone and tend to steer away from small ledger like stone. I prefer the rough look of stone and also want to see mortar in between.

All of the photos below were gathered from StoneRox which is one of the companies we are considering buying all of our stone from. We will also use this stone for our fireplace inside our house and will be sticking to the grey tone. 

The last picture is what we are gearing towards. Once the stone is picked out I need to pick a paint colour for the board and batten. If you read this post about our exterior plans you will know that I am still wavering on this as well! It is important that the colours don't look bland together or blend into each other too much. 

Do you have any tips on buying stone or favorite color tones?? Please feel free to share in the comments below! 

Exterior Plans

The time has arrived where I need to pick a colour for the exterior of our home.  I have to decide what tone of grey I want and what brand of paint to use. 

The plan for the exterior of the home is stone 3 feet from the bottom with board and batten on the upper part. The nice traditional country look. It is the style we have loved for years back when we purchased this home, we always had a dream of stone and wood.  The below picture is a drawing of our home but instead using the stone as features we have decided to run it all along the bottom around the entire house. 

I wanted to gather some inspirational photos to share but every single photo on Pinterest is stolen content. That's not even a joke. With each picture that I tried to do a google image search to find the original designer I was wasting too much time. With that being said I found one photo which is so close to what we love. This home done by Juanita Interior Design is right up our alley! I especially love the larger stone pieces. 

Here is the current state of our home, the strapping is to hold the boards to the wall. We still have a few other things that need to be done before we start this project but I really have to hammer down and start researching the best product 

Please feel free to leave some comments below on any brands you may have used that weather well outdoors. I have no idea where to even start! 

DIY Deck Update

Hi Friends! Hope your Friday is going well so far! It has been a while since I touched base about what is happening with our DIY Deck that we are building. With the warm weather and a walking baby we have been really busy but slowly picking away at getting this deck completed. 

Since I last shared what has been completed we have finished all of the railing around the deck and also the entire front balcony. Phew!!!!! Building a deck is actually not physically hard it is just a very detailed process. Making sure you posts are straight and all of the deck boards being properly placed. 

This is front balcony. It is fairly large and only accessible through the living room. In the evening when Dominik falls asleep we love to sit out here. 

Baby D inspecting the hard work. 

The back deck is more for entertaining, outdoor dinners, and once the TV goes up catching all of the baseball games all summer long. 

We also built our very own outdoor furniture, you can see them in the photo above but I plan on sharing an entire tutorial about how we built them!

Come back tomorrow as well, I have a fun Saturday Love post sharing all of my favorite go to Hair and Beauty products! 



Landscaping Projects

It has been really busy around here. If you follow along on Instagram (countrychicreno) or Snap Chat (danicak1) you would have noticed Branko rented a machine to work on the landscaping. Truth be told he actually rented the machine to dig trenches for our Geo-thermal piping but because we have sand the walls kept caving in. He decided to utilize the machine and finish so many other projects. 

Our back yard oasis is coming along nicely. The trees used to come right up to the back of the house. We clear cut everything back and leveled the ground. Eventually the firewood will be gone and stored in a different spot. The six ugly trees right behind our new DIY Deck had to be taken down. They were mostly dead trees and blocking our view into the forest. The sunsets are amazing and I will never get over them.

We ordered 15 spruce trees and had them delivered last week. That was a two day project to dig the holes and plant them. The trees have been strategically placed to block the garage from the road and some areas closer to the street. We plan on ordering five red maple trees next year to also plant. 

We had a massive dirt hill left from last years work that had to be spread out so that has been finished. 

Currently our cars our parked on a small hill. Branko used the small machine to cut that hill, move out all of the dirt and make parking spots. We made three spots. If we have guests over they can park down the driveway or over by the garage if we have a big party. 

The last big project was to clear all of the area behind the garage. Branko has a love for classic cars and keeps parts cars that don't need to be kept in the garage but are very ugly sitting in plain view. Hopefully in the future we want to build a chicken and rabbit coop. 

Next week the machine will be gone and we will be back working on our DIY Deck!