It’s the third week of sharing The Leo Cottage with all of you and since we are now at the very height of summertime, we wanted to share our lovely outdoor scenes that offer up dramatic exterior makeovers and showcase lush spaces for rest, relaxation, and lots of family fun time.
Let’s start at the root of it all, the exterior. As you can see from the “before” images, this quaint cottage was covered in pale yellow paint upon purchase. From the beginning it just felt right to give our Leo Cottage a fresh start and a new coat of paint. We ended up covering the siding in a deep charcoal and contrasted that with a clean white trim to make quite the statement. Along with paint, we added a fresh layer of gravel, new landscaping, and a ton of potted succulents to spruce up and energize the look!
The Leo Cottage was surrounded by extensive, well-maintained landscaping backdrop as well as outdoor entertaining spaces even prior to the renovation process. The backyard gazebo and side patio both had an incredible amount of potential to become perfect summer hangout spots, and that is exactly what we had anticipated for when we purchased this place!
The inherited gazebo was falling apart, but with a little handy work, and again, some fresh paint, this backyard lounge space now looks brand new (and is structurally sound)!
New patio furniture was an easy fix for making the side patio instantly more inviting.
It is now the perfect place to host outdoor family dinners or wind down with a refreshing drink!
Along with the these relaxing spaces, there are a couple other fun additions we made to the outdoor areas in order to bring the summer fun to the next level! This includes the brand new outdoor shower (perfect for rinsing off after a day at the lake), a hammock swing, ping pong table, hot tub, fire pit, and beach cruisers that we share with our renters, encouraging them to explore all the quaint shops in our cute little town!
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PHOTOS BY MARGARET RAJIC