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TOTALN00B 04-02-2011 06:09 PM

What would YOU do to this odd-looking exterior?
I'm still looking at houses locally, and I almost passed over this one completely because there is something really unappealing about the front of it. It just seems to say "move along, nothing to see here," haha. It's been on the market since 2009, and while I liked what I saw when I bothered to look inside (very tall ceilings, sunken bathroom and den, lots of built-ins), I worry that I'd have trouble re-selling it in a few years if I have to move. It really did rub me the wrong way when I saw it!

I'm not sure if it's the too-intense symmetry or the fact that the original house is a tall perfect square (what sort of architecture is this?) that's had its porch oddly enclosed as a tiny extension of the front rooms. It doesn't help that it's right next door to one of the most stunning Queen Anne Victorians in town. What could I do to the facade of this house to make it more appealing? Any ideas??? Where is HGTV when I need them?

BigJim 04-02-2011 06:15 PM

A porch might help.

TOTALN00B 04-02-2011 06:19 PM

Ummm, it probably also didn't help matters, as far as prospective buyers are concerned, that much of the interior is painted dark purple, with wood floors painted black! Those rooms feel like a dungeon despite the fact that they have tall windows letting in lots of light. It is a really weird little house...

TOTALN00B 04-02-2011 06:22 PM

Yeah, that front projection used to be a porch, you can tell from inside. But they enclosed it to extend the front "bedroom," which otherwise would barely fit a bed inside of it! I thought about turning that area back into a porch, but wouldn't be able to part with the extra space. And for some reason I'm having a hard time picturing a porch added on, the way it is now. I have a total creative block here for some reason!

tcleve4911 04-02-2011 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by TOTALN00B (Post 621988)

We're here ...we're here!!!!!!

Porch, dormers, trim, landscape........Curb appeal.

From the sounds of the inside, you can rip it apart and make it sweet with no remorse......

TOTALN00B 04-02-2011 06:50 PM

Haha, "Curb Appeal," that's the show I was thinking of... and that's exactly what it needs. I just realized it's similar to a foursquare house, isn't it? - esp. if you picture it with the original porch - only instead of a second floor it just has extra tall ceilings. And no dormer. I wonder what it would have looked like in 1905. Such a little oddity.

Tom Struble 04-02-2011 07:42 PM

it may have been a carriage/servants house that was once part of a larger estate

TOTALN00B 04-02-2011 08:33 PM

tomstruble: That would make sense. It's right next door to a beautiful Victorian that's one of the more posh-looking ones in town, as far as architecture goes. I wondered if it was maybe part of that estate at some point. The Victorian even has a smaller square building with a similar roof, being used as a garage.

Tom Struble 04-02-2011 08:43 PM

possibly or be part of another one that burned down

those where horse and buggy days and the way the roads are laid out now may be way different then the way they were back then

Ron6519 04-03-2011 08:21 AM

Funny, all I see is a house.

beerdog 04-03-2011 08:50 AM

You can't do much. Porch and extend the roof out over it. Check local codes first. They may have a limit to how close you can get to the sidewalk.

operagost 04-08-2011 04:45 PM

Cutting back the overgrown shrubbery will do wonders.

LouiseMallard 04-08-2011 05:32 PM

I think you should take out that awkward looking bush in front of the window...

AndyGump 04-08-2011 07:23 PM

Boy, I would love to work on that design.


kwikfishron 04-08-2011 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by AndyGump (Post 625865)
Boy, I would love to work on that design.


well then.............:thumbsup:

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