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Old 08-28-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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I am envious of people that with simple things can make their house very appealing. I have no such ability's and am color and taste challenged. I am looking for input on exterior design on this eyesore.

The roof is new so am stuck with that. The front windows are a brown color with grids. They will be replaced with either brown or white, grids, no grids (I'm partial to no grids) I do not want to do a major renovation. But am open to some minor things. Need paint color and such. Open to any input, thoughts, suggestions or wisecracks! JIm
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I think your house looks great. I think the most dramatic effect would be landscaping. A nice island in the middle of your lawn with some cool trees and bushed etc would look great. Some kind of stone work would also look great. Just one mans opinion
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A great grass work you have in your house, it is amazing.
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I think you could do a lot just by changing colors. The white and light blue aren't doing it for me.

Maybe some different siding on the gables, T1-11 always looks cheap imo. A gable vent would help break things up too.

I've never been a fan of window grids unless it's period to the house
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Not doing it for me either, any suggestions on colors or siding??

Pictures hide alot, if I used weed killer on that lawn, there would be vary little left!

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I would go white for the windows but that's just my personal opinion. It goes with everything and will brighten up the front of the house.

Are you looking to paint your house or do siding? If you go with siding, I'd go with something neutral in a light tan color. The shutters (I'm assuming are vinyl?) can be painted a contrasting color.

Like Troy32 stated, landscaping would do wonders. Perhaps doing a small retaining wall block in a curved pattern in front of the house? Our house was similar with a flower bed that cut straight across the the front of the house. It was too angular for me so I softened it up with a curved flower bed. I'll see if I can find a picture of it and will post it in a minute.
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Here are a couple:

This is taken from the side, it was a straight flower bed in front of the windows that went from the corner of the house to the sidewalk.



I dug everything up and created a curved bed to break up the angular lines of the house. I also added a dwarf japanese magnolia at the corner of the house to give the flower bed some height.



Here is is now - this year we replaced the roof, replaced the front porch, and painted the entire exterior.

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Thanks for the pic's, very nice job. I hope mine comes out as well. JIm
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Thank you, it's a work in progress. I still have to do some landscaping in front of the porch but other projects are getting in the way. Just take your time. A lot of it is trial and error when it comes to plants. I can't count how many I've killed and ripped out, or moved because I didn't like where they were. In all, it's taken about 3 years to get our house to where it is now.
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New white windows would take care of the "black hole eye" look. And remove the inappropriately sized fake shutters. I'd personally replace them with appropriately sized ones, as switching to windows without muntins, even in white, will leave the home without a lot of exterior details. A darker cream or soft yellow would go well with the gray roof, and it's a cheerful friendly combo. I'd also paint the door, as the wood and style isn't really appropriate to the home's style either. A bright color, like a blue or a cool turquoise would work well with the gray roof as well. Yellow, gray, white, and blue, is a classic combination that works well in any era. Then you can do some landscaping with something like some Julia Child roses with some Russian sage and more silvery artemesia foliage.




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I did some research on painting doors. Here is what I remember. You want your front door to be the most important part of your house, it should be inviting to your eyes. So walk across the street and tell what door do you see the most?

Go bold on the frame of your front door. Do some really nice appealing colors! Make another pencil color on the inside frame of the exterior part of the door.

Next paint your garage door to match the rest of your house. Most paint garage door to widows or entrance. Look at the size of your garage door, big right? Are your eyes inviting to walk up to the door or your garage.

Now,I drive down the street and count how many people paint their garage doors wrong!

I wish I had such a beautiful house as yours! Good luck.
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Keep those ideas coming, I need all the help I can get. JIm
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Keep those ideas coming, I need all the help I can get. JIm
I found this article about curb appeal, worth a read! Hope it helps!

http://www.nationwideltd.co.uk/6-way...se-curb-appeal
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Very good! Thank you. Jim
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Don't say thanks! hit THANKS!
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