Virtual House Tour: The Outside

As promised, I’ve rounded up a bunch of pictures of the new house — and since there are so many of them, I’ve decided to split it into two posts, one each for the outside and the inside. This first installment will feature a look at the outside of the house and the yard.

(Note: some of these photos were taken in the evening, right after closing, and others were taken the following weekend in midday sunlight, so there are some noticeable differences in lighting.)

Anyway, to give a brief introduction: the house is a red brick Chicago bungalow built in 1928. There was a cameraphone photo of it in my introduction post, but here’s a slightly better picture of the front:

View from beneath the shady tree out front.

The front of the house features stone trim (all painted white, unfortunately) including sturdy brackets for holding up a long-gone flower box. There’s also a row of small shaggy bushes that could probably use some trimming. Down the road, it would be neat to actually bring back a flower box, and maybe add some flowers and such around the bushes.

Bushes along the front of the house.

The front door is actually on the left side of the house, and has a little gabled roof style canopy over it. The sidewalk along this side of the house eventually leads into the backyard:

The front door.

The backyard gate indicates that the previous owners had a dog at some point:

Backyard gate with "Beware of Dog" sign.

Stepping into the backyard, you see the one-car garage (accessible from the alleyway behind the house). It’s a small frame structure, with little red flower boxes beneath the windows, and it’s just the right size for our Honda Insight — although if we had a van or an SUV or something, I’d actually be worried about getting it to fit in this garage:

Backyard view.

Next to the garage, there’s this little garden patch — as you can see from the photo, it’s currently pretty overgrown with weeds, and there’s lots of gravel and such mixed in. But it would be really neat to eventually get some vegetables going in there:

The garden.

This is what the house looks like from the backyard, standing over by the garden. From the outside, it has what appears to be an enclosed back porch addition, although on the inside it’s actually two separate rooms. (More details on that when I get to the inside pics.) Between the house and garage, the yard is completely open and grassy:

The house as seen from the backyard.

Off to one side of the yard (just outside the frame of the above photo) there’s this lovely flowering bush growing right alongside the fence:

Flowering bush along fence.

From a distance it looks like a rose bush, but up close the flowers are actually clusters of tiny flowers with yellow in the center:

Mystery flower cluster.

This is a closer view of the back door, which leads up through a sort of mudroom and into the kitchen:

The back door.

There’s another patch of lovely flowers growing by the back door — these ones are yellow and about an inch in diameter, but once again I don’t know what kind they are. Is anyone familiar with these?

Small yellow mystery flowers.

Beyond the back door, there’s a stairway that leads to the basement. This is in addition to the stairway to the basement inside the house:

Basement entrance.

And finally, an interesting detail… On the other side of the house from the front door, there are these two little stained glass windows:

Stained glass windows.

But the thing is, they’re only visible from the outside — on the inside, the previous owners decided to put a wall over them for some reason. (More on that in the next installment of house pictures.)

Anyway, that concludes the “outside” part of the virtual house tour. In the next installment, we’ll take a look on the inside — stay tuned for those pics very soon!

Update: The inside portion of this virtual house tour has been posted, complete with tons of photos! Check it out here.


  1. Really cool! I hope you will consider maintaining the outside in it’s original form. Here’s a link for some ideas:

    As you can see from the examples, there are many different colors you can use for the white trim, though I think the white looks really neat! It sort of says “Neat and proper on the front, but beware elsewhere!”

    And great space in the back for enjoying the outdoors!

  2. Thanks for the comments and the link! We’re definitely hoping to keep the outside of the house original as much as possible, and to restore elements like the little stained glass windows if we can.

    Regarding the white-painted stone trim, my preference would have been toward keeping it natural / unpainted — but if it’s not feasible to remove the paint and restore it to its original condition, white is probably the next best thing. :)

  3. Thanks for the suggestions! Asking the previous owners or the neighbors sounds like a good strategy. Come to think of it, our neighbor to the north appears to have a pretty elaborate flower garden, so perhaps she could shed some light on the mystery. :)

  4. Well, it just looks beautiful!!! I love all of the flowers, and the stained glass windows are a very interesting touch. Looking forward to the inside pics!

  5. Just stumbled across your blog while tooling around Flickr looking f0r Chicago bungalow photos…congrats and good luck to you and your husband on your two “projects” moving forward…we’ve been there (and still working through our similar projects here!)…anyhow, I know I’m late to the party, but the yellow flowers may be “potentilla”…take a look at it online.

    And, feel free to look around on my blog too…though I don’t post nearly as often as I used to (projects have slowed down somewhat as babies have grown older!), I do check in now and again…anyway, good luck!

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