Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rexy's Home - The Atrium (Before and After)

I've had some questions about Rexy's habitat, and it's been a while since I've done a "Before and After" post showing remodeling progress around our house. So in the interest of time and my world of multi-tasking, I'm combining the two and laying it down...


The photo above is now, the photo below was taken just after we got the keys to our house {last August}.


This little ficus tree was in sad shape when we moved in. It hadn't been watered in over a year and we were back and forth about what to do with it. While it would have been nice to save it, in the long run we knew it would eventually grow too large for this space and have to come out later on. So we decided to take it out.


This space is about 6'x6', is screened in on top, and is right off the kitchen. The window on the left is my craft room, and the one on the right is Doug's office. Though this next statement will be obvious, I'm going to say it anyway for the record: Doug did all the work on this space. I stood back and offered my opinion, but he did all the back-breaking-shoulder-intensive stuff.


The window trim and corner pieces all had to be replaced, and there was a lot of patching to be done before Doug could paint. From the start I wanted white because I wanted there to be some awesome light reflection going on out there. It's hard to tell, but if you look at the photo below you can see that we have a strand of white lights going around the top of the atrium. It looks so pretty at night! And yes, that is a cat door leading out to the space but neither of our cats is interested in squeezing through it.


We were undecided what to do with this space, and then along came Rex the Turtle. We {Doug} sectioned off a space for dirt and a little swimming pool, planted some grass seed, strawberry plants and some daisies, and called it good for now.


There's still some potential for a few more plants and creative touches, but it already feels like a sweet sanctuary.


And I'm not the only one who loves it here.

16 comments:

Cheri said...

Rex really has quite the bachelor pad! How many box turtles can claim a 6x6 space with a swimming pool as all their own?

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Very cute deb! Rex is a lucky little fellow, isn't he?

scrappyjacky said...

What a wonderful space he has.

Maria Ontiveros said...

My cat would love to have an outdoor space like that.
Rinda

Jen said...

Such a lucky chap - he looks so contented!!

Karen said...

Lucky Rex. Such a spoilt boy but then we all knew he would be!

Carrie Rosalind said...

The atrium is quite possibly my favorite part of your house, and Cheri's comment made me LOL.

Amy said...

Talk about lives of the rich and famous turtles! He has his own mansion!

Margaret said...

What a perfect use for your atrium. It looks so great, it looks like it was just designed for a turtle-loving couple.

Sian said...

A bachelor pad - that's the perfect description!

Alison said...

No wonder Rex looks so happy!
Alison xx

Irene said...

Great place for Rex. Is it me or is Rex growing?

Mom said...

Love this! Doesn't look like the same space I saw back in March. Rex is so lucky. In my next life, I want to be either your cat or turtle--they all have amazing lives! Love you! xo

Gail said...

Oh what a nice home Rex has and with everything he needs! Glad you mentioned the cat door - I was wondering what that was.

sophia blue said...

Weighing up kitchen countertops ideas before you select one for your home is really a must if you intend to have the best.

dianapena8 said...

Beautiful job on that renovation, Rex is a lucky turtle :)

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