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They nixed the German schmear

They nixed the German schmear

Renay Robison-Scheer and Kendall Scheer painted their ranch-style home's deep burgundy brick with a white wash and added cedar-stained shutters, columns and architectural garage doors.

“It was really, really dark,’’ Renay says of the original brick. The house was virtually lost in the shadows of the surrounding trees on their northern Douglas County lot. "The house just disappeared," Renay says.

The new look is so remarkable that long-time area residents cruise through the cul de sac neighborhood and stop to ask, “Wow, did they tear down the old house and build a new one?”

The brick painting was done by J.D. Mason and Emerald Pro Painting. Key to success of the re-paint was a power wash of the old brick followed by application of a unique primer developed to accept the new paint.

What else was done: The front picture window went from a half-round transom to a rectangular transom, which greatly modernized the look and increased the light into the front side of the house. "Darkness outside and inside was an issue for me,'' Renay says. The couple also added a garage with heated floors and a utility bay underneath. A large deck, paving-stone patio and backyard landscaping gave them a whole new outdoor living space. 

What they love most: Renay loves the home’s color, how it brought out the house and made it more unique. Kendall, of course, loves the new shop space. The backyard is a close second with both. “By adding the deck and patio we’re able to use our backyard,’’ Renay says. “Before that, we weren’t able to get to it. It just wasn’t convenient.’’

Where they got their inspiration: “I watch a lot of HGTV,’’ Renay says. She even considered the German schmear technique from an episode of "Fixer Upper." She also spent a lot of time on Pinterest. For local inspiration, Renay and Kendall took time driving around, looking at homes in older parts of town. Even though Kendall and architect Dwayne Brown of Slate Architecture, who designed the garage addition, weren’t originally behind changing the color of the house, they all like how it turned out.

The biggest challenge: Finishing the entire project. After 18 months, the project is finally nearing completion. A pump system and heated floor in the garage are done, and all that remains is the installation of cabinets and shelving.

What's next: Finishing the home’s walk-out basement.

Their advice: Set expectations and lock in a construction schedule. Set a deadline and work with your contractor to stick with it. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned, but with a little coordination, it can all get done in a reasonable amount of time.

The finished project: “I absolutely love the way it came out,’’ Renay says. “The best thing is how beautiful it looks.’’

Omaha World-Herald: Inspired Living

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Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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