Exterior Motives

So here it is.

Our house…

It’s made out of cinderblocks.
Yep, that’s right- I said cinderblocks.

Not the most “cottage-y” of exteriors, eh? My husband didn’t think so either. Fortunately, I was able to cloud his judgment with the repeated use of phrases like, “clad it with some kind of cottage-style siding”, and “paint it a warmer color”, and we made an offer on the place in September of 2007. Our offer was (surprisingly) accepted, and we closed on Halloween.

I figured I’d start our blog with a post about the exterior of our house, and then ease you into posts about the interior slowly.
Very slowly.

Because I’m telling you, the place we moved into was scary.
Reeeeeeal scary.

Stay tuned…

The Lettered Cottage Living Room - "Before" Photos

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  1. One Woman's Cottage Life says

    I *love* the cinderblocks! I love the texture of yours and think they would look great as is or painted. Personally, I’d never cover it with siding – charming enough as is!

    Oh, girl, I hear you about the interior and the neverending *during* stage. (Have you seen my ugly house photos entry?) In a perfect world, we’d have these projects wrapped up in no time, but in our (do-it-yourself) world, there’s only so much time or money and we just have to live with a s l o w house transformation. It’s better than nothing, I suppose!

    Looking forward to seeing more! I’m pretty sure my ugly house photos will be worse than yours, though, so don’t be too reluctant to post!

  2. Ambrea @ Come Home Cottage says


    What a cute house! I have to agree with Kim, the cinder blocks add some character. As soon as I saw the photo I think I said out loud- how cute! You’ve got some great shape to your house. Be glad it’s not a 65′ long ranch (sigh) like mine. Never forget, anything is possible in ‘Cottage ~Land’. I can hardly wait to see all the pictures of your hard work.

    P.S. Maximus is an awesome name. We almost used it for our golden, but for some odd reason (my husband’s reason) we went with ‘Dave’.
    Happy Birthday!

  3. halcyon says

    I don’t mind the cinderblock at all, but if you are set to change it, real stucco would be easily done.

  4. says

    Hi guys, found your website through sugar pie farmhouse. Keep up your blog and stories – good job. I would like to do more myself but am a little computer challenged so find it a lot of extra work. I just resigned from my job of 10 years and am helping my husband with our farm dreams. would love to hear any tips on how you kept moving forward. What advise would you give others…..?