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Old 03-18-2014, 09:25 PM   #16
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:28 PM   #17
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I would do composite but I'm thinkin budget not getting any loans. Plus you can do ground level decks that last just use correct wood
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Old 03-19-2014, 06:46 PM   #18
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the house is really long and tall but has ZERO character but that were all your guys ideas come into play...lol
What would look much better is if the long side with the white door could be the front of the house, with the door close to centered. Then you could make it look like a five or seven window colonial with a wide molding over the door and a couple of pillars.

Even if the brown-door side is the street side, you can still make the white door side 'the front' with landscaping or trellises, driveways, decorative fencing, etc.

If you have the height to allow it, you could build a wide paver porch or veranda in front of the front door. Then you would landscape it to draw the eye toward that center feature.

The windows all look too small. Shutters might help them look bigger.
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:06 PM   #19
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What would look much better is if the long side with the white door could be the front of the house, with the door close to centered. Then you could make it look like a five or seven window colonial with a wide molding over the door and a couple of pillars.

Even if the brown-door side is the street side, you can still make the white door side 'the front' with landscaping or trellises, driveways, decorative fencing, etc.

If you have the height to allow it, you could build a wide paver porch or veranda in front of the front door. Then you would landscape it to draw the eye toward that center feature.

The windows all look too small. Shutters might help them look bigger.
You know i had this same idea to late after we started the remodel and was almost done but with the side of the house with the air condition unit because that is the side that faces the main road, the front of the house faces a little dead end road that comes off the main and goes to our drive, now the side of the house your speaking of faces the back yard kinda and faces the woods. I would love to do the things you said but with doing it as i get paid type thing that probably will never happen and we re did the whole layout of the house in the inside so it would be really difficult to make it the front on that side... GREAT IDEA THOUGH!
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:14 PM   #20
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:49 PM   #21
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I needed the same ideas back last year when I had my home on the market to sell. I had an older driveway, so I decided to fill the cracks and potholes and seal coat it. A week after I finished I had an offer for my asking price! I'm not saying that the driveway did it, but I definitely felt like it was my lucky charm.

used information from this sealcoating company, as well for my decision and method.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:01 AM   #22
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Is it mean to say i like the old house better? Those front windows are way too small and I like the old roof line better. The siding that close to ground doesn't look good. I would of stuccoed a fake foundation 8"-10" up from ground. Or added some fake stone up 4' in front. The roof should of been extended out 6-8 feet to make a front porch maybe you can still do it. You need some type of deck/patio pavers with a walk way to driveway. Even if it is gravel base with some nice small stones for top layer it will be better.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:21 AM   #23
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Great idea Justin I didn't think about that but I wasn't sure if it would make the house look too long because it already looks long and as for the siding going down to the ground that's because the siding ends at the very top of the foundation its all old foundation and I didn't have the money to raise the house as for the house looking better then the new house I don't think it was mean to say but the old house needed a lot of renovation it was actually going to get torn down plus my wife has lung problems and I could not have the house falling apart beneath us and giving of all the toxins that it was so I had to change a lot of the layout which in return changed that whole front part of the house in addition the house was only a story and a half so I cut the top of the house of and built a second story
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This would be more expensive, but when you build a deck wrapping around to the back of the house, like you described in the video, maybe you could add a roof over it to make it a wrap-around porch. Maybe you could do the deck this year and then add the roof a year or two down the road. That would be nice because you could stand outside to watch thunderstorms rolling in.

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I didnt even notice the new 2nd story. You really did go all out.
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:16 PM   #26
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Yeah I have been fortunate enough to where we got the house so cheap in a very good area because the neighborhood was actually raising money to doze the house down because it was destroying the area because it was so ugly and property value so we bought the house and we had to make it family friendly and with a half a story and two kids it's not very family friendly
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:09 PM   #27
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I did a similar basicly a teardown remodel on my house. I burned through my refinance money in like a month and barely had the new shell done. Spend the next 4 years finishing the house living paycheck to paycheck. There is a lot of things I would of different now but at the time I just wanted to get it done as cheap and quick as possible. I did alot of redoing work I already did.
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I'm with you on the paycheck to paycheck thing which I'm still doing because we just needed in and now I'm doing like finish touches to the house and stuff very slowly
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:23 PM   #29
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:26 PM   #30
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The problem with building your own house is you know every single mistake and the worst part is we hired a drywaller that was independent and he did an absolutely horrible job so now I am looking at my wall and makes me just want to get them all redone but that will probably never happen another 6000 wasted

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