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Old 01-24-2016, 02:07 PM   #1
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Front Patio Remodel Ideas?


I bought a new house. The house was owned/built by a custom home builder and while the interior is amazing the exterior is, to put it bluntly, but ugly.

I have experience working in the trades but must admit I am not the most creative person in the world. I'm looking for ideas from folks who have done work themselves in the past. I have some pictures in the post of the front of the house.

Long term my ideas is to dig up the front walkway and to replace it with a new slab lined by bricks and low voltage lighting. Also, I'd like to replace the siding with faux single layer brick or stone but I'd have to get a the foundation verified in order to make sure it can support it can support the load.

That brings me to my short term scenario. Without replacing the siding what could i do. As you can see the pillars hang halfway off the porch slab, I was thinking maybe the builder was planning to wrap the porch in stone or brick?

So idea 1, wrap porch in Stone block and extend stone to the left of the house in a built up retaining wall. Add tile to the top surface and steps. Change the color of the front door, pillars, and shutters.

Idea 2. Extend the porch to the right either with a slab, wood porch combo or a straight slab although that would be a lot of slab to poor as the porch is 36 inches i believe and sits on top of my basement foundation. I could then build an porch that over hangs the extended patio.

I'm open to ideas. Like I said, I'm very capable of the trade work as I work in construction for commercial buildings but I am not creative. I will submit a link to the images in my next post as I need 1 post to submit image links

Thanks for reading and for your replies, I appreciate it.
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Old 01-24-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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Here is a link to the images of my front porch

Front Porch Close
http://imgur.com/w26qdqX


Front House
http://imgur.com/OKpwcln


Front Door
http://imgur.com/kxj4MBD


Front Porch Right Side
http://imgur.com/VGNmKoL


Front Porch Center
http://imgur.com/7FvAWAt


Porch Left Side
http://imgur.com/1uRDIO9

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You have way to much of the same thing "siding" its the cheap way to go on the exterior. if you ever need ideas just search "parade of home" in google images.






I think a wainscoat, different colored trim on corners, fake gable vent or some other design feature in the gables, new columns.
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Check out this site to help picture what it could look like.
http://www.certainteed.com/idea-center
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