Add Charm to the Back of a House

Three years ago we had a storm that came through our neighborhood and our trampoline blew into our house and damaged the aluminum siding, broke a window and ripped some screens. You could see how we rescreened the damaged screens here. Instead of replacing all the siding we choose to add an overhang, lights and shutters. We had the work done last fall and I am finally posting about it. I really like the new look and the benefit of having the overhang to block some rain. By having the break in the siding with the overhang we were able to replace sections of the siding and not have to replace all of it.

Add Charm to the back of the house with an Overhang and Shutters

The trampoline blew into the back of the house and did some serious damage. The trampoline was mangled.


The trampoline broke a window and dented the siding in several places.



The Rainbow Play System was flattened. There must have been a mini funnel (tornado) that went through. We were able to see a path of damage and the swing set that was our neighbors, also a Rainbow, almost identical was not damaged at all and it was only 20 feet away.


As you could see there is a lot of damage to the siding,


the window,


and gutters!

IMG_9252When we started the work we were going to have the overhang stop just past the door where there was a break in the siding, but when the workers were almost done we decided we thought it would look better if we went all the way across with the overhang.


What do you think? Do you like the overhang half way or all the way across better?


We added shutters to complete the look. We love the way shutters add charm to a back of a house. I don’t understand why most houses don’t come with shutters on all the windows.


I had the contractor cut the shutter to make a mini one. I think it looks better with a small shutter than none at all.


We really enjoy having fires out back and the added overhang, lights, and shutters look so much nicer. We also like to add exterior lighting for added ambiance.



We added can lights and put a dimmer switch so we could have control over the brightness.


We added two sets of spot lights for night lighting, and so we can grill during the winter.



Now that the back is done we can sit out back and enjoy. We use our back yard all the time and we really enjoy the new look.





Just adding shutters would have made a huge difference. We did that to two flip houses and our old house. You could see the shutters on one of the flip houses here, although we added shutters on all sides of the house. We just think the added shutters is a relatively inexpensive way to add charm to a house.

Follow us on Facebook now to see more pictures and to get additional updates!

Doug and Sharon Heasley

(Parents of a Dozen)

Follow us to get the latest post right in your inbox. Enter your email below now.

Enter your email address:

This is our daughter who was one of the winners of the Shaklee 180 Healthy Competition.

Click on the picture to read her story!



  1. This looks beautiful!! You guys never cease to amaze me with your home improvements!

    Andrea L.

    1. Thank you! I have so much more to post about. I just don't have much time lately. Hopefully soon!

  2. “…damaged the aluminum siding, broke a window and ripped some screens.” – That sounds awful. It’s really heartbreaking to see how a storm can ruin everything it passes by. But the past is in the past and repairing all the damage is one way to move on. Thanks to your family and contractor, all of it became possible.

    Dina @

  3. Home siding comes in several different types of materials. Each will have its benefits and drawbacks, so it is beneficial for homeowners to be aware of their options. See more

  4. Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks in British Columbia

  5. This is an incredible rousing article.I am basically satisfied with your great work.You put truly exceptionally accommodating data...  window maintenance london

  6. Floor covering cleaning makes your rug look better, yet additionally makes it last more! Earth caught in your floor covering will separate the material and in the long run stain or crush your rug.
    Carpet Cleaning in Brooklyn NY

  7. What a fantabulous post this has been. Never seen this kind of useful post. I am grateful to you and expect more number of posts like these. Thank you very much. best trim paint brand

  8. In leasing the house property purchased, the buyer can allow the house for renting by setting a predetermined amount in the form of contract. This helps to increase his income. washer repairman in Rancho Penasquitos

  9. D├ęcor - With an existing home, it is common to go in and paint. Of course, that first means putting down sheeting or taping of areas to protect it from any paint. With a custom home, the painting can be done prior to moving furniture, which make it a much easier task.Clinton mo realtor

  10. It's fairly obvious you want to make sure that you pay a fair price for your new home and how to find roommate it's important to ensure the house is in good condition as well.

  11. Most of these issues could have been avoided with plain common sense and consideration. Find out who your neighbors are, kitchener mls listings and do your best to communicate with them and determine if they will resist you renting your house to tourists.

  12. Junk removal services are meant for every type of situation. Whether you're looking to renovate your office, do some spring cleaning and get some of that old stored up collection of items out of the garage or clear a parking lot used as a landfill, there is a company out there for you that will help with removing the burden from your life. Junk removal Thousand Oaks

  13. Many handymen work on their own, setting up "office" in their own homes. People you know may be able to recommend a good handyman for home repair services. You can also search online for a handyman in your area. popcorn ceiling removal companies near me

  14. Their ProPlus form even incorporates intuitive games and exercises. While a portion of their other practice the board highlights are not as full included, they keep on advancing, making THERAPlatform worth considering for any training that gives a lot of their administrations over telehealth. remove character from string python

  15. Much thanks to you such a great amount for sharing this awesome blog.Very moving and accommodating too.Hope you keep on sharing a greater amount of your ideas.I will love to peruse.Hill Climb Racing APK

  16. is your one-stop shop for doing a quick search and easy comparison of prevailing mortgage rates in Canada to make smart financial decisions. Compare Best Mortgage Rates in Canada

  17. Find the best Fixed mortgage rate in Baltimore that work perfectly for you. We make it easy to compare rates in Baltimore big banks and top brokers for free. Best mortgage rate in Baltimore


Thank you for your comments!