I like your screen too Mr. Natural.. just as much now as when it was our screen
As for the shrubbery.. if you could see what we could see out that side of the house (and no offense to our previous neighbors who are very nice people) then maybe you would have different opinions. Maybe Mr. natural will take a picture of the lovely "addition" they added just outside the south side of their house. Perhaps the stucco arches could be documented as well. Lovely!
Also.. the bushes were kept pretty darn manicured when we lived there and not at all like in that picture above. I was in charge of trimming the bush, if you will, and I used to cut it in a wavy pattern and far enough back to show off the angled carport that Ben built. It also served a purpose in blocking out car headlights as anytime someone would turn the corner at night the room lights up like Christmas.
As for the grapefruit tree.. well.. if you could feel the heat radiating through the block in August in the room that was not shaded by the long lost tree.. then you would understand why we kept it. Not for aesthetic reasons but for money reasons. If any of you grapefruit tree "haters" would have offered us a new tree (full size) from the nursery we would have definitely been takers.
As for keeping things original.. everyone has their opinions. I personally think the preservationist bit is boring and could care less that Ralph Haver sat on the same toilet seat as you or that your door knobs are original... I prefer to modernize and update the look of the house while still respecting its lines and original form. I don't think one could really set rules about what is okay and what isn't. It is just a matter of opinion. I know that neither Ben nor I appreciate the stuccoed, Home Depoted remodels with atrocious additions
but I wouldn't want some city official or self righteous historic architect telling me what I can and cannot do with a house I own
Below are some pics of the Haver we renovated and sold to Mr. Natural. I don't think the house looked better in its original condition sans privacy screen.. but that's just my 2 cents.
Day of our final walk through.. house untouched by us. Pretty!
House before screen went up
P.S. In the article about Mr. Naturals landscaping it says: "For a complete trip back in time, enjoy a visit to the Allison Residence before it became theirs in 2002, and after its first major renovation in 2005."
Correction: We bought the house in Feb/March of 2003. All of the before pics we supplied you with were taken by us upon our last walk through of the house. The next weekend we had the keys. The house underwent its first major renovation that following weekend and continued to undergo renovations up until we were filmed for Generation Renovation back in March of 2005.