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Need Exterior Help!

jeremyjones3December 30, 2012
I just bought this house, and the exterior seems boring to me! Any tips or advice that you guys would have to help me improve it? I live in AZ if that matters. Thanks!
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Would add color/interest w/ shutters on all windows & maybe window boxes on 2nd floor. Paint your garage door! Landscaping w/ color will help & you may even consider staining concrete... Have fun!
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 9:14PM
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Window boxes? Would I need to put anything in there? What color to paint the garage door? And what concrete would I stain?
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 9:33PM
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Jayme H.
Is there any trim around the windows? Is it a stucco home? I think some trimwork would add a lot...wider with a color to tie into the siding colors somehow.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 10:03PM
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Yeah its stucco, and I was thinking I would add trim, I like that idea. Any tips for the bricks?
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 10:04PM
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Jayme H.
Not sure on brick, have never attempted painting that. It could be covered too if you don't like it. I always start with smaller stuff to see if it works without spending a ton of cash. Then I go from there. Wider trim alone would prob. make a substantial difference. I would keep in mind colors if u could possibly change the brick later so as to tie it all together later. I also would cut back those front bushes...too overgrown.
    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 10:13PM
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Peg Silverwood
paint the stucco choose a rich sand color would soften the look. Because of your area, how about some great rod iron as shutter adornment on the top windows only. Change your door to a full length glass with some privacy componant outline the drive way with rock that is the color of the brick using a curvature pattern to bring interest to the design. A rock and plant garden would be nice as well.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 10:34PM
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Christi Maurer_Hoehn
I would have some Spanish architectural details put on. Perhaps even considering putting on a tile roof!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:06AM
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I think a taupe shade on the side would look good. Something like:
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-. You might want to paint the first section the lighter taupe and the rest of the house the darker taupe. This color will look good with your gray roof and the brick, which I wouldn't change. The next thing I would do is paint the window casing and the dividers a dark red or a dark green.

A huge difference can be made in the landscape. I would remove the shrubs at the foundation and plant more in the yard. Make sure that the plant material is native. Brightly colored containers in the landscape will add interest.
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With a modern landscape and a new paint color, this contemporary home will look great!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:34AM
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I think the house color is fine, the yard is too grey and drab, I would focus more on plants, if thats possible in AZ, I would get rid of the gravel.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:44AM
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Yeah, I originally wanted to paint the house a nice taupe color, but everyone said try to spruce up the outside before I use all that money. Everyone seems to think the landscape needs the most work, that is something I do want to focus on after I decide the house. Should I stain the bricks a darker red? Paint the trim white?
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 6:56AM
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Peg Silverwood
Check out Serengeti sand with Benjamin's Moore. This color family would fit well in your area and your brick would not need changed out.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:08AM
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Ryan Sullivan
I live in Phoenix and here is what I would do in order: Xeriscape the front yard. Google it. Don't do grass, its a pain in the ass. As far as the house I'd paint it white, add black shutters and paint the front door red. Leave the brick alone. I'd scrap that carport/shade on the side and/or bring the block wall up and add a double-gate to hide it. Move that downspout off the front of the house, its an eyesore.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 12:59PM
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Painting the stucco a lighter color would help minimize heat gain and lower AC costs in Phoenix.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 1:04PM
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I second moving the downspout to the side of the house. Awnings like this would add interest:
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and be beneficial.
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