One Room Challenge | Week One and Two | Beckett Exterior Renovation

May 15

Exterior Renovation of Our Home

Here we go again for the One Room Challenge – Week One and Two | Beckett Exterior Renovation! I’m hoping to be able to pull it together and complete the entire exterior of our home within the next 8 weeks. I’m a little late to the game, so I’m combining Weeks One and Two into one post.

Completing this challenge is going to depend on several factors: shipment of all the items to be installed; the weather (it’s been raining here A LOT in Central Illinois the last few weeks especially when we have downtime to work on this project); my husband’s work schedule; and contractors to help with the work.

What to Expect

Here’s a breakdown of what I have planned for the design. Basically, new everything. Our home was built in the early 70s and still has the original cedar siding on it. It has been painted at least 4 times that I know of. Probably much more than that if I were to guess. Regardless of the quality of name brand paints that we have used in the past, nothing seems to last much longer than 2 or 3 years. So, we decided, after a hail storm last year, we were going to install vinyl siding on it. Low to no maintenance was high on the important list.

This is a huge step for me because I love change. So much so that in the 13 years I have lived in this home, it’s been painted three times and the front door I couldn’t tell you how many different colors it has had on it. So, installing vinyl feels permanent to me and a little scary. I joked with my husband when I get sick of the color I guess we will just have to move!

Exterior Design Plan Kari Beckett Design One Room Challenge

The Overall Design Plan

For the One Room Challenge – Week One and Two | Beckett Exterior Renovation selected shake shingles for the front of the home in the color Herringbone. The remaining sides of the home will be in 5 inch plank siding in the color Slate. The front porch walls will have Fond du Lac Mosaic stone which will be over-grouted and the porch floor will be irregular bluestone.

The garage door will be Clopay Bridgeport extended panel in Slate.

The roof will be architectural shingles with a lifetime warranty (transferrable to a new buyer in case I get tired of the siding)! Ha!

All new exterior doors from Menards in various styles. More information on those will be coming once we install them. Right now they are looking pretty awesome in our storage shed and I can’t wait to get them at our home. With lead times stretching into months instead of weeks or days, I went with Menards because these were going to be special order and still ready to pick up in one week. Pretty incredible given the delays with other companies.

I selected these copper exterior lights from Wayfair to go on either side of our back patio door. They will patina over time which I love! I’ve also purchased all new cushions from Grandin Road for our DIY sectional that we built a few years ago. The cushions we previously had did not hold up well so I am hoping these from Grandin Road will.

New throw pillows from McGee and Co. and Crate and Barrel will also add a nice touch to the outdoor space. We couldn’t forget about an outdoor heater for those nights that are a little cooler. I found this one a steal during one of Wayfair’s sales. Last but not least for the patio, was the super cute rug from McGee and Co.

We will be adding three of these lights from Shades of Light to the front of our home on either side of the garage door and front door. Along with these house numbers and mailbox from CB2 to complete the look.

I hope you are excited to follow along on our One Room Challenge project. It’s already off to a pretty slow start because of the weather and my husband’s work schedule so it may not be completely finished by the end of the 8 weeks but we are going to give it our best shot!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @karibeckettdesign for more behind the scenes videos of this project.

Did you miss my first One Room Challenge attempt last Fall? If so, I’d love for your to check it out. We completely gave our primary bedroom a dreamy makeover. You can click here for all the details.

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  1. I’m looking forward to following along!

  2. Debi Newell says:

    Love all your choices for a renovated exterior. Good Luck!!

  3. Wow! That will be beautiful, but what a huge undertaking! PS you will LOVE having a patio heater! We bought one the end of last summer and used it right through winter on some of the more temperate days (when it wasn’t snow covered!) and on into spring to enjoy the outside and have guests.

  4. Leslie Carothers says:

    It looks like its going to be a great project ,Kari. I am looking forward to following along with your progress!

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