CoMo Bungalow

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CoMo Bungalow is Carrie and Jonathan’s story about what happens after you buy a two bedroom bungalow built in 1926. Although many in this age of McMansions would consider it small, we think it fits us perfectly.

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When our new patio was poured, we set aside the random assortment of bricks used… - Flower Garden İdeas İn Front Of House

Brick Edging - CoMo Bungalow

When our new patio was poured, we set aside the random assortment of bricks used as pavers with the thought we could eventually use them for another project. Keeping the grass from encroaching on the flower beds is a constant battle so Jonathan used the rose bed along the screened porch as a test for brick edging.

The Sherwin Williams Roycroft Bottle Green reminded us why we chose the color originally. I also freshened up the light Roycroft Vellum on the window trim. Window Trim, House, Lovely Colors, Bungalow, Mcmansions, Roycroft, House Painting, Front Stairs, Exterior

Painting the Porch - CoMo Bungalow

It wasn’t until the paint had completely worn off the front steps that we realized it had been nearly seven years since we painted the house. During the summer, it’s usually the heat that’s the problem but this season it was the constant rain. On the first clear weekend, we …

We were prepared for a long photo shoot for the article in COMO Living Magazine, but I did have a moment of panic right before everyone showed up at the door. This house isn’t magazine worthy! None of it matter in the end. COMO Living chose our house because it was a place people really lived. Thank you to photographer Keith Borgmeyer for finding the beauty in our home. House, Interior, Bungalow, Mcmansions, Living Magazine

Living in CoMo - CoMo Bungalow

We were prepared for a long photo shoot for the article in COMO Living Magazine, but I did have a moment of panic right before everyone showed up at the door. This house isn’t magazine worthy! None of it matter in the end. COMO Living chose our house because it was a place people really lived. Thank you to photographer Keith Borgmeyer for finding the beauty in our home.

It’s been a rainy summer but finally, tomatoes and peppers!

Daily Snaps - CoMo Bungalow

It’s been a rainy season but finally, tomatoes and peppers!

Wyatt enjoying the evening.

End of summer. - CoMo Bungalow

When we first installed the rain chains, the chain on the south side of the house could easily drain into a rain barrel since it would only have to handle run off from the porch.

Rain Chain Update - CoMo Bungalow

When we first installed the rain chains, the chain on the south side of the house could easily drain into a rain barrel since it would only have to handle run off from the porch. On the north side though, we had to place a large drain in the flower …

Restoring the original porch columns using old photographs and neighboring bungalows as models.

Restoring the Porch Columns - CoMo Bungalow

We’ve wanted to upgrade the columns on our front porch for a while. Although Jonathan very ably rebuilt the stairs a few years back, the 4 x 4s always bothered me. They were clearly installed by someone interested in simply propping up the roof, rather than making a decorative statement. …

Removed the tired downspouts from our front porch and replaced them with Arts and Crafts style copper rain chains. Decor, Porch Columns, Galvanized, Bungalow, Color, Mcmansions, Copper Rain Chains

Installing New Rain Chains - CoMo Bungalow

We loved our new porch columns but quickly realized the attached downspouts detracted from the design. I had thought to paint them the color of the body of our house in the hopes they would disappear but we decided a better approach would be to highlight the downspouts instead with decorative …

The perfect lunch for a Saturday of fence building. Fence Building, Bungalow, Lunch, Food, Eat Lunch, Essen, Lunches, Yemek, Craftsman Bungalows

A workman's lunch. - CoMo Bungalow

The perfect lunch for a Saturday of fence building.

Construction dumpsters are always more welcome on your street if you turn it into a neighborhood clean up day.

Daily Snaps - CoMo Bungalow

When you set a huge construction dumpster on the street, it’s always a good idea to get the neighbors on board. People trimmed their overgrown shrubs, removed a dead tree, and even cleared away debris from a porch reconstruction project. The entire street has been spiffed up—so much that we …

Replacing the backyard fence, installing wine bottle torches, and a bocce ball scoreboard.

(Re) Building the Fence - Part 2 - CoMo Bungalow

My mom was slightly dismayed when she realized we had replaced the back fence since my folks had already planned on getting us a new fence for Christmas. We still had the south side to replace so it turned into Christmas in July! Unfortunately, July is setting some records and …

Replacing the back fence in 100 degree weather.

(Re) Building the Fence - Part 1 - CoMo Bungalow

We usually spend Memorial Day weekend at the Pedaler’s Jamboree, a bicycle/music festival/camping trip on the KATY Trail so imagine our surprise when we came home from work the Thursday before and saw that our back fence was gone. The neighbors’ fence had been leaning for a while and replacing it …

Replacing the cheap vinyl siding under the gables with more traditional staggered shingles.

Staggered Shingles - CoMo Bungalow

We’re in the process of brainstorming a porch upgrade (the original posts were replaced at some point with plain 4 x 4s and we’re looking for a more traditional style.) We met with the team who replaced the cheap vinyl siding under the eaves with some nice staggered shingles. They …

It amazes me that we all just went about our business for more than a week while our backyard was torn apart.

Construction Flashback - CoMo Bungalow

It amazes me that we all just went about our business for more than a week while our backyard was torn apart.