Building Our Front Pergola

Projects, Remodeling

  1. Karen says:


  2. Ann Wilhelm says:

    Looks absolutely amazing, great concept!

  3. Sherry says:

    Hi Shayna
    Great posts and I love your designs and ideas. I was reading thru this post and you keep
    referring to your home as a bi-level. I don’t know if it is different in Colorado but in Michigan we call the style of your home a tri-level. A bi-level is when you walk into your front door and you choose to walk up stairs or choose to walk downstairs. Thanks for a great blog. I look forward to your next post!

  4. Tammy says:

    It is looking so good. What a difference! The neighborhood is probably thanking you too.

  5. Laura says:

    Simply FABULOUS! Enough said!

  6. ellen says:

    So pretty! Do you still have the HVAC unit on the roof? Interested to see the finished product. Y’all are doing a great job!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you! One of the first updates we did to the house, was removing the swamp cooler and installing central air and a new furnace. The house was previously electric heat in the ceilings! We’ve loved having central air this summer! 🙂

  7. Julie says:

    Fantastic! It’s going to look so awesome when you get the window “dressing” (planter boxes etc) and the landscaping done. You can barely recognize it now!

  8. Karen says:

    I love all the changes you’ve made! It looks just so homey and beautiful! I think your pergola looks like eyelashes for the new upper windows! Adorable but it also makes it look complete now! Way to go!

  9. Sandie says:

    This is my favorite of all your house remodel…inside and outside. Absolutely love it! Since your window boxes are doing so well, could you just add a couple of fall items to them? I think Those plants you have could really play well for the fall season. Just too pretty to give up!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you! I agree! When I planted the plants this summer, I was trying to think of fall as well. I’ll definitely be keeping some of the plants and adding to it! I just can’t make myself change it yet! 🙂

  10. stephanie says:

    I am so excited to see all the landscaping and the finished back patio!! Hurry Hurry and send us pictures! You are doing a wonderful job!

  11. Elaine Queen says:

    Wow!! What a change! Looks wonderful. No one would believe it’s the same house if you didn’t have pictures. The pergola adds so much to the plain front and the window boxes will be the perfect balance to finish it all. Can’t wait to see what’s next and how the yard will add even more.

  12. Jeannie says:

    What a difference! Good job!

    A question though about replacing corner trim? Are you going to sort of “outline” the house with white vertical trim? I like vertical corner trim boards but not sure how white ones will look. Just curious as to what you are thinking there. Whatever you do will be terrific.

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you! Our current metal corners are in really rough shape. The previous occupants of the house really beat and bent them up. We’ll be replacing all of the corners with new trim, and I’m leaning on painting it white to match the window trim. Most likely, we won’t do it until next year, so I might change my mind and paint it the same color as the main body of the house. We’ll see what a year brings! Either way, I think it will do wonders for the house!:)

  13. Linda Cole says:

    Looks great! Really makes it look different.

  14. Meg says:

    This is BAD ??I am so sorry but I have to tell the truth. It should have stuck out by at least 2 more feet or forget it. Its not architecturally balanced with the rest of the home. But it is truly amazing how much you’ve improved this home. Fix the pergola and you’ve got it???

    • Shayna says:

      Thanks for your opinion, but we love the way it looks. We played around with different lengths and the longer the top boards were, the more top heavy the house felt. It feels very balanced and I wouldn’t change a thing!

  15. Martina says:

    Love this Shayna! The transformation is amazing! This is exactly what I planned to do above our garage doors.

  16. Dianne Gingrich says:

    Your house looks amazing. Love the pergola idea. I’d love to use the same idea over our garage door
    on our shed in the backyard.

  17. Angie says:

    Looks amazing! What color is the house? We are getting ready to paint our tri level and I love this color. Thank you

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you! Our exterior color is Useful Gray by Sherwin Williams. The trim is Super White by Benjamin Moore and our door is Onyx by Benjamin Moore. 🙂

  18. Barbara says:

    What color is the exterior of your house?

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