Home Exterior Modernization – “One Room Challenge” (Week 1)

Happy Haute Home is back as a guest participant for another round of the “One Room Challenge”! 

This event marks the beginning of an exciting time for myself and so many others as we participate and anticipate complete room transformations. From beginning to end, the weeks pass, progress is made and excitement builds.


The One Room Challenge™ is a biannual event every April and October and is currently in its sixteenth season. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.

The ORC has teamed up with Better Homes and Garden HERE to bring you this highly anticipated event.



This round will complete my sixth season of the “One Room Challenge”. So many other talented people are also participating as guests, please check out their spaces HERE.

You can also check out my prior guest participation reveals in the links below

Dining Room Renovation

“Home Wine Cellar”

“Basement Bar Remodel”

“Modern French Country Kitchen Renovation”

“Master Bathroom Renovation”

What Area of Our Home Will be Renovated this Season?

So…I had a change of plans like yesterday! At the very last minute, I changed my mind on the space to be renovated for this challenge and I decided to go with the exterior of our home!

This was literally an impromptu decision. I was all prepared to finish remodeling our foyer, a job I started a while back. I was in dire need of this challenge to give me the final nudge to get it completed. As it turns out, we are beginning another very big exterior job in our home, and I feel this is the better choice for this season of the “One Room Challenge”!

But don’t worry, I will still detail our foyer renovation on my blog, so make sure to get subscribed.

Why Does the Exterior of Our Home Need to be Modernized?

The exterior of our home is dated. The house has two brick colors, a yellowish brick as the main base color and the end caps are dark brown. Not a fan..AT ALL.

fullsizeoutput_ad0dOur home sits high on a hill, has a huge yard, a great view, and lots of wonderful space.

9aR9%ZbvQ0K+a6YGQvNRcwBut I feel that the exterior of the home is an eye sore…especially to me. This is the back of the house which is slowly getting redone. A new travertine patio was recently installed and I would love a new exterior to match the updated patio and future yard.

What is the Plan to Renovate the Exterior of Our Home?

The one biggest change we will make to the exterior of our home? Paint the Brick!!! All the brick….and there is a LOT of it!! 😬

Stay tuned as we transform the exterior of our home in live time! This is going to be a wild ride my friends.

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15 thoughts on “Home Exterior Modernization – “One Room Challenge” (Week 1)

    1. It’s a very big challenge and a very big deal. No going back either! Thanks for following along Donna! 😘

  1. Ok – buckling up! 🙂 I know you’ll do a fabulous job with this, as you always do – I have mountains of faith! ❤️

  2. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it, Denise. I am not a big fan of yellow brick either, although is is popular, but I’m sure whatever you choose will be fabulous. I have a hard time picking out paint for inside, can’t imagine the outside!

    1. Not gonna lie Joni, it’s stressful. It’s a big house and big job..need to get it right the first time!

  3. Have you picked out your paint already? You can buy a mineral-based paint from a company called LimeWorks that doesn’t form a film on the brick and won’t peel off and doesn’t form a moisture barrier on the outside of the brick.

    1. Hi Chad, I have picked out my paint. I am aware of mineral paints and have looked into them, but decided to not use the. But thank you for the tip.

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