I own a small 960 square foot house from the 50s. One of my next projects, and the one with the most visual impact will be removing the tiny front porch and putting a new one all across the front of the house about 8 feet deep.
My problem is what to do with the front side of the porch. It will be built mainly out of concrete (brother owns a concrete company). I'm concerned that my house will look like it just has this giant concrete block out in front of it, but I'm not sure if I can afford the brickwork that I'd ideally like to do. I'm worried my house will look like this one: http://davidwjohnson.net/DCP_2371.JPG
Before, I was planning on going with red paint on the brick and I didn't think the red on the front of the concrete porch would look good, but after playing around on the computer and talking to about every person I came across, I think I've got my solution.
I like the idea of going with a dark grey on the brick to match the new roof and staying with white for the siding and trim. With a roughed up texture on the front of the concrete porch, I think the dark grey paint will look good.