So work began on the  house.  The outside is stucco and required a good power washing and painting, with work done on the eaves and trim.  A totally new roof was added.  Then it got a coat of paint.  I spent a good amount of time picking out the paint colors…with help from Mr. Sherwin Williams.  But,  it seems no one thought I had made a good choice for the outside.  Well, the men, at least.  They said I needed something…anything…else as an accent color other than the green I had chosen.  But, no.  I knew it would look good, so I insisted.






The colors were a beautiful aqua, a green, and an off white with grey undertones.  And, we put on a metal roof.   The front porch was a custom mix right on the job, as I wanted a slightly darker shade of the house color.  It turned out to be a shade of teal, which I liked very much.  We worked on the porch color back and forth from PC to Dothan via our cell phones!  Isn’t technology wonderful?   See what you think about the colors…





We replaced windows, and added the storm doors and outdoor lighting.  Fortunately, we were able to use the original front and rear exterior doors which made me very happy.  They have loads of character.  And, as you can see a little in one of the pics, we painted the trailer the same colors as well.  At least now everything matched and looked clean and cared for…on the outside, at least!  We redid that storage room with the missing door, and now it has its door and is filled with shelves.  Plans are on hold to finish the front with a white fence…but we have to get all the rest finished first.  They also put in an area for an outdoor shower.  We are waiting on some landscaping work before we completely finish the outside work.  There will be a gate added to the fence so it will be easier to go back and forth.

(These ominous clouds are part of Hurricane Isaac which was expected in these parts, but turned another way.  Remember, it delayed the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida.)

PS…They had to go back and paint the shutters green on the trailer!



Isn’t this a great old tree in the front yard?  The ferns have taken up residence in between the spaces around the trunk of the palm.  I think it needs a little haircut, though!


(Sorry, the grass wasn’t cut in the above picture.)  And, that’s the look on the outside…next we’ll get into the inside.  Oh!  what a mess it was!  But, our builder, Mike , worked his magic and now it looks terrific!  I can hardly wait to show you!  And, in case you couldn’t tell…that’s our beach way up top…gorgeous, isn’t it?

Oh, by the way…the house has its own name now…THE SAND CASTLE!

Because…who lives in a castle…….?

See you soon with the inside!  Oh, it looks so good!  I think you’ll love it!  I bet you’ll even want to come and spend some time with me.  Well, I think that is a fabulous idea!  Come on…we’ll have a beach party!






  1. Oh, this is such FUN!!!!! I can't believe you were accomplishing all this without us in the bloggy world knowing a thing about it. You are a very good secret keeper!

  2. Simply charming. And you know how we get—antsy and nail-biting and too impatient to wait for the next CHAPTER, even. So your getting it all DONE and THEN doling out the progress—well, that's just the ticket for all the NOWNOWNOW folks like me.

    What a lovely idea, and what a wonderful family heritage this will be, with all of you enjoying the fruits of your labor and the glory of this wonderful world.

    I'm just SO HAPPY for you!


  3. It looks fantastic! I can't wait to see pictures of the inside. And I'm ready for a beach party!

  4. Count me in!

  5. oh my goodness…i love the color combinations!!! cannot wait to see the inside!!

  6. I love the colors! They should just trust your decorator self! Can't wait to see the inside!

  7. I really like the color combinations – never would have thought of putting these together, but they look great! Looking forward to the next installment!

  8. It's just perfect, Tonja! Can't wait to see the inside … and I look forward to hearing all about the happy gatherings and fun times you and your family are going to have at your beautiful little beach cottage!

  9. Now Tonja, you should leave those flamingos right where they area, they may one day be our state bird and you don't want to have missed out on proudly showing your loyalty! I love this and can't wait to hear more, more, more!

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