How to break up a boring home front?
Siding is finally arriving tomorrow and the question was posed to me "Why don't you do something to break up the front of the house so it doesn't look so boring?". My friend is right. The house needs something to add some flavor to it, but what? He mentioned something they used to do on older colonial houses where they would add a water board (that sound right?) to separate the look of the 1st and 2nd floors. Since I will be putting up a deck next year, he suggested something like a 2x10 look across the front. He didn't really mean an actual 2x10, but something similiar recessed flush with the siding to add a little character. He said it would make life easier when I want to put a ledger up next year for the deck, I won't have to do a lot of work, just pull the board off.
Is anyone familiar with this? If so, can you point me in the right direction? Many thanks in advance.