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hyunelan2 05-23-2011 02:13 PM

Curb appeal
Over the weekend I had a party with my paintbrush. One of the things I got checked off the to-do list was painting the front door. It was white, now it is red to match the shutters I built and installed about a month ago. I still plan on building shutters to go around the first story windows as well. I have one of the 8 finished.

I have 2 questions for you guys. Just looking for opinions really.

What do you think about adding shutters to the sides of the window up above? I don't want it to look too crowded, but I also don't want that window to disappear or look neglected.

Should I add a storm door? If I did, I think the all glass type would be the way to go, but would it look alright or meh? What color of frame on that door? I'm having a hard time envisioning it. I put one on my last house and we really liked having it because we could open the front door, but I'm not sure how it will look on this house.

Attached below is a picture from earlier today. Thanks!

oberkc 05-24-2011 06:12 AM

I would be more inclined to remove the existing shutters rather than add some to the center window. In my eye, there is not enough surface space on the center window to accept shutters. I generally don't like fake shutters, however.

I think a storm door would look OK here. Alternatively, you could add one of those retractable screens if your sole purpose was to allow ventilation in the summer.

Just Bill 05-24-2011 06:14 AM

Most storm door manufacturers will do almost any color, so a color to match the door makes the full view storm almost invisible.

Shutters make things look finished, but not sure on a window that large, with such a small space on the sides.

klmeenan 05-24-2011 02:39 PM

I would leave your larger window alone. Your house already looks great. Adding the ones on the bottom will just "finish" it.:thumbsup:

WirelessG 05-24-2011 03:36 PM

I agree on the shutters - there's not enough room to fit them up top. Since your front door is partially sheltered, I wouldn't bother with the storm door unless you want a screened one for air flow as the other poster said. I think front doors generally look better without them.

KrazeeKirsten 05-24-2011 03:42 PM

cute, cute, cute!

Did you ever think about a pair of porch lights, one on each side of the door?

maybe you don't need me adding to your honey do list but it might be a nice thing to have..

hyunelan2 05-24-2011 03:47 PM

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I was leaning towards no on the shutters on that top center window - you guys are just helping me confirm I was right.

There are 3x recessed fixtures in the roof of the porch, which do a very good job at lighting up that area. Otherwise, yes, porch lights would be a good idea.

Other plans (not this summer) are to put a proper flag pole in the yard, with a circular flower garden around it. It would probably be to the left of the house. I still need to think about that one a while though, I may start making things look cluttered if I'm not careful. The bed on the left was put in last year to match the one on the right. As those boxwood grow in, the lilies will leave for elsewhere. It was just too empty with the small plants growing in their first couple years.

KrazeeKirsten 05-24-2011 04:24 PM

I really like the flag on the porch where it is.. but that is just my opinion.

Do you have a neighborhood association that would have to approve a free standing flag pole?

Great house!

hyunelan2 05-24-2011 04:34 PM

Nope - no associations. We are free to do whatever we want, so long as it is within the city's ordinances. I was trying to find a picture of when we bought it - 2 years ago this Friday. It was very bland.

WirelessG 05-24-2011 07:07 PM

Had our HOA meeting last night. Apart from the Board members, I was one of three homeowners that attended. And people complain about this and that. :/

WirelessG 05-24-2011 07:08 PM

Btw - good looking lawn

KrazeeKirsten 05-24-2011 08:17 PM


Originally Posted by WirelessG (Post 654222)
Btw - good looking lawn

Great Lawn!!

loneframer 05-24-2011 08:28 PM

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I'd be more inclined to do a PVC trim detail around that window and forgo the shutters. Something like this to make it pop and create a focal point.

IMO, shutter don't belong on a feature window like that.

WirelessG 05-24-2011 10:32 PM

Not a bad idea lone. I think if he went that route he would have to do the other windows.

WirelessG 05-24-2011 10:33 PM


Originally Posted by KrazeeKirsten

Great Lawn!!

Super great lawn.

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