This is what our big old Queenslander looks like at the moment. If you can ignore the overgrown tree, you can get a fair idea of what we have to work with.
Here's an example of what we'd LIKE it to look like. This particular example has the added example of not being wrapped in an aluminium verandah.
On the topic of verandahs, this is what we'd like ours to look like when done... the colour scheme, particularly. And the fairy lights, of course.
(While we're on the topic of exterior lighting, this is Lu standing under the lights of her playhouse, clearly on an important call - too cute not to share!)
Our verandah ceiling isn't framed, so it will end up looking more like this one from Walk Among The Homes blog.
And another colour scheme example. Grey is very in, clearly.
The gate and front steps of this example are wonderful, although it's a different style and generation of home than ours.
And that's that! Now, if anyone has a magic wand I can wave in the direction of Big House to expedite the process a little, please let me know!