Tuesday, November 23, 2010

House Make-over

the house in 2008





























It's been six years since we remodeled the house and moved into when we came to the LOS in 2004 , We did a lot as you have seen in the past post , we did what we knew we could do quickly, so we could move in as soon as possible and have been satisfied with the way it looked all these six years . Paint doesn't last forever in the Los with the hot and humid weather and of course the long rainy season, sooo it (the house ) was in need of a fresh coat of paint . We call our house (home) a bungalow , and have been happy with it , but now after all these years we thought we would like something a little different , and as we talked about it and looked around we thought we would like a cottage style house , of course we can't just tear this one down sooo we had to turn this one into a cottage . We have started and the following pictures are some of the work already done and still in progress , some folks say it looks like Disney Land and I think it does a little , but we love it so far . There is lots more to be done to complete the the Make-over, and then a fresh coat of paint (not sure the color yet), and every time we look at what was done , we see something else we want done , we are going to do work also on the decks and steps and will redo the waterfall and pond , and some (not a lot ) on the landscape and garden , I like it to look as natural as possible with out getting out of control I like wild grass and flowers and vines and even some weeds , I don't want it to look all manicured and perfect , If we don't cut the grass for a month I still think it looks good ( that's just my opinion) and Ciejay likes it too and that's all that matters ,really .

I will take more pictures as we go along , and will put up, with a short post , take a look at the pictures and Please live a honest comment about what you think . I alcolmknow to some it looks like I've lost it , but what the heck , we like it , and here in the LOS we can do what we want and don't have to worry about the neighbors , the laws and the , restrictions and permits and no Bureaucrats telling me what and how I can do with the property and house that we own

I guess that's another reason why we are" Retired in Thailand and Loving it." M

9 comments:

kris said...

Malcolm, they say it takes leather balls to play rugby, I reckon you have them in spades. There is no way I would have the courage/foresight to do what you and Ciejay have done. We (Cat and I) are sure it will work out great. We are looking forward to our next visit. ONYA Malcolm!!

LindyLouMac said...

I just enjoy following others renovations projects, especially as we progress through our own :)

Talen said...

Wow Malcolm, The work is looking great so far. Seems you have found a real craftsman...can't wait to see the finished product.

Martyn said...

Malcolm I think cartoon is the perfect word but I have to say I do like the new look. The artwork gives your bungalow a bit of a part mountain log cabin look. I wouldn't say you've lost it at all, more found a bit of real inspiration and imagination that should crick a few peoples necks when they drive past.

Stefan said...

Just thought I should point out this blog post by Brunty:
http://isaanstyle.blogspot.com/2010/11/malcolm-and-ciejay-burgess-retired-in.html

I hope Ciejay will have a speedy recovery. Best Wishes.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

That was such a gorgeous make-over, I'm in awe it took such a short time!

Anonymous said...

speedy recovery of your wife fellow american. Best of luck

K said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Ciejay, Malcolm! Godspeed to a fast recovery.

Turk

thaikarl said...

hey malcolm, looks great! amazing what they can sculpt out of concrete. there's a name for the "fake wood" sculpting process - duh googled it: faux bois. my wife is on a purple kick - painted the new fence purple, see: http://tinyurl.com/2b5hady and i suspect the house is going to go in that direction also. always something to do, and it's true - one project begats another! i also appreciate being able to fix up our house and land with out having to get permits, impact statements, follow neighborhood covenants and all that burden we have in the states.