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Help!! Curb appeal on a budget?!! and Paint color suggestions...
jennlehr
November 7, 2012 in Design Dilemma
What would you tackle first. ? Most bang for your buck???? What color pallette?
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charleee
Get rid of that tired looking big bushy bush. Decorate the evergreens for Christmas! Paint the garage doors a charcoal gray. Seed the lawn in the spring!
November 7, 2012 at 3:59PM   
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jennlehr
We are closing next week, and need to do interior work. So this will be a long term project. Yes the bushes def. need attention and the lawn. What do you think about the house color? How would you update this house?
November 7, 2012 at 4:01PM   
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charleee
Well, personally I like white houses. If you want, you could paint the trim a more noticeable color like a deep charcoal gray, a dark maroon or burgundy, but I would avoid black. You also have an expansive lawn so I wouldn't go with green, you have enough green. I can give you some tried and true color combinations:
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November 7, 2012 at 4:06PM   
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tkclifford
Pretty house. As for curb appeal and getting the biggest bang for your buck? -- First, I would take out all the shrubs. They're just so predictable, and therefore make the whole house and landscape look "dated". Just that will give it a fresher look. It's hard to see the front door in your picture, but I think there is a metal storm door in front of it? I would take that off and paint the door satin black. The porch light is too small. A large carriage house style lantern in black would dress it up. Then, perhaps a wrought iron bench or a couple of evergreen topiaries in square planters on either side of the door... Also, the blue trim has to go - perhaps a nice charcoal grey? The windows look "skimpy" - have you thought about shutters for them? - with rustic-looking black wrought iron "shutter dogs" to accent them. Then you could go a step further and trade out your garage doors for carriage-style ones with some glass panels and coordinating black hinges and "handles" to go with the shutters and wrought iron details. Have fun!!
November 7, 2012 at 4:54PM   
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jennlehr
thanks. Was thinking of shutters, but thought since there are so many windows it might be too much... I see i have a lot of work to do!!
November 7, 2012 at 4:56PM   
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houssaon
I would take out the shrubs and the brick egding around the mail box, plant flowers and seed the yard. The house should be painted in a color that compliments the stone foundation. I wouldn't put sutthers on the house, but when painting use colors to accentuate the details.
November 7, 2012 at 5:07PM   
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hkuk
Make a shaped flower bed at the front of the yard including the letterbox area. This will lessen such a large expanse of lawn. Keep the three bushes at the back and get a feel for your new home. As you spend time living there you will get a feel for further enhancement, don't try to fix everything at once
November 7, 2012 at 5:15PM     
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