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Ranch's Exterior Updates

Jamie_Elaine QuiltsJanuary 12, 2013
Hi-- looking to give my 1950's mid-century modern ranch home's exterior an update. It needs color or something to give it Life. We love country, farmhouses, so I'm trying to find a way to add that feeling while staying true to the house's roots. Open to ANY ideas!!
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Your house has good strong lines. Are you thinking about painting the dark wood a lighter color? Or new landscaping? Paint and pruning can go a long way. Some new emphasis on the front door would be attractive.

Will the large shrubs flower in spring? How much do you like them?
    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 11:13AM
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To stay true to your home's roots and its design, I think you have to stay dark on that vertical siding. I think our company has done a couple of these in dark green on that siding and maybe one in dark blue but always staying within those degrees of change. Because the design of your home ties it to the area surroundings and landscaping, going really different on those few areas that aren't brick would create havoc with the eye.
    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 11:16AM
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Jamie_Elaine Quilts
Thanks for responding. I would love to paint the wood a lighter color, maybe a very light yellow, or cream. I am Not attached to the giant bushes. A couple of them flower, but only a couple weeks a year. I think the old brown screen doors need to be taken away as well.
The whole front just feels very tired.
    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 11:22AM
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Jamie_Elaine Quilts
What could we do if we didnt stay true to the house's design...?
    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 11:26AM
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What a great house! I would definitely cut those bushes way back or pull them out and replace with smaller ones. As far as house colors, personally, I would stay dark with it--a dark gray would look fantastic. But since you are interested in a lighter color, I think something along the lines of a lighter gray with greenish undertones would look good. Even a sage green would look nice.
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I 2nd the dark gray paint idea. Do lose the bushes starting with the one blocking your bench. If you can handle the extra work of gardening I could see adding a mixture of plants and flower border along the pathway.
    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 12:29PM
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