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Update a 70's ranch exterior without totally disowning the era ??

hhbeverlyJanuary 10, 2013
We are planning on adding a covered entry, either painting or mortar washing the brick, and unifying the windows (the right side has mullions - the left does not?). We might even add some stone accents if the budget allows. This home really needs to join this century without totally disowning its original one. Anyone have a similar house update that looks GREAT??
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A rounded roof over your entry way would break up the long expanse of your current roof and draw the eye to the main entrance. Also consider removing the shutters for a cleaner and more modern look after painting/staining the brick.

Bring your landscaping out farther from the house and curve the beds around the corners of the house and a curve from the house to the sidewalk to further soften the straight lines of the house.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:16AM
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Thank you for the suggestions and for pointing out the landscaping issue. We do plan on beefing up the landscaping to help the house relate better to the lot. And yes, the shutters are awful as is the iron thing.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:33AM
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I like the long horizontal roof line. I personally wouldn't add a covered entry.
I also like windows with mullions on these classic homes and I would make all the windows consistent.

I think the issues could be more easily and effectively addressed through new landscaping. Put a pair of urns with a tall evergreen to flank your front door. Hire a landscape designer to give ideas on a new landscape.

Larger sconces help make a statement. I would also remove the iron wall hanging from the brick...leave it plain and clean looking.

Don't use too warm of colors since your roof looks more like a cooler gray color. I think I'd paint the brick a clean, classic white. Then paint the windows black and maybe remove the shutters. A dark red or black front door is always classic.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:44AM
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Banta Builders LLC
I would definitely recommend a Covered Entry, or a couple of strategically placed Dormers on top, to break up that Rancher feel & to lift your eyes & 'raise' the house.

With Painted brick, you could go more towards a Greek Revival feel, if you really kicked out the Covered Entry with some appropriate looking columns. Just some thoughts! Best of Luck!
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 10:39AM
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John Seiffert
Keep windows with grids, paint windows, fascia and soffit green/ grey color. Paint gutters very dark green/ black or replace with copper and let patina build over time. Black shutters and black front door. Simple gable end for enclosure with beaded clapboards, to be painted white or trim color with large simple round columns one on either side.

If done this way curb appeal will go way up.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 12:12PM
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John Seiffert
Landscaping advice above is sound.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 12:13PM
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Some photos of ranch style houses. Check out the entrances low flatter roofs. It would be nice to add a wider door with sidelight also update lights next to house. Nix the shutters.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 12:48PM
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
I love your house as is. We need to preserve a bit of history. I think a landscape such as the attached is all that would be needed to enhance its curb appeal .
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 2:47PM
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If you want to do a covered entry, that is fine. But I'd say landscaping would be on the top of my list. Some nice beds and a few Japanese Maples would blend the house to the land more.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 2:53PM
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consult with a landscape design professional for the best outcome!
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 3:04PM
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I would reconsider painting the brick - seems like a good idea until you have to repaint again and maintain it. I think the suggestions regarding landscaping enhancement, larger sconces, getting rid of the walk hanging, and maybe repainting the trim and shutters are sound. Do atleast the landscaping and sconces first then decide how you feel...
1 Like    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 5:27PM
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Actually, staining your brick - if you want to change the color - is the best and easiest way to go. It lasts for years and never bubbles or peels. Ask around and you'll find it an inexpensive alternative to paint.
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 5:39PM
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