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Exterior Makeover- Porch and paint colors, removing cedar shakes.

lambslynnJanuary 24, 2013
We are at a loss on what to do to make our house look as updated on the outside as it is on the inside! Ideas??
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Mark Rogers
You have a classic storm door there, not sure I'd touch that. All new siding after losing the cedar. Would really update if the roof were metal. Barring the obvious I might coat the porch with textured color, and plant a dwarf fruit tree :0)
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 8:52PM
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CASTLE Design Studio LLC
Hi Lamby, I had fun just doing some scribbly sketches reimagining your front facade going a little mid-century mod because of it's horizontal lines. Please feel free to redirect the style and I'll play with a different approach. In this mid-century mod approach, I'd suggest a monochromatic color scheme with a simple/clean storm door showing the entire door behind it. More details to discuss but I should first hear about your style. Best, insideoutDiane
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:12PM
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Jean Tuck
Really not liking green on garage door, I think white to match door and white shutters might just give it a more tailored look.Maybe even some boxwood rose bushes alternate colors alongthe front would be nice, and brass home numbers too!I am a fan of white rails along porch area . Using pictures print from computer draw on the changes i suggested and see how it looks to you a rough draft like that maybe the thing to try when doing an upgrade..
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:24PM
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You got to much going on as far as different colors and differnt materials, the shake has to go, the garage door should match the trim and what is up with the windows the shutters need to be the same color as the trim too. What about some plants, planter boxes under the windows, in the yard maybe even a small tree infront. like the girls scetches. the front of the house and garage are too busy and the landscape is to blank.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:32PM
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I had a porch like your and I built a very low deck that was the same height as my porch to extend almost all the way to the end of the house. Put some patio chairs and a table with some color and some plants and a bench to sit on. that way your porch is now the whole lenght of the front of you house. Hanging plants too.
    Bookmark   January 24, 2013 at 11:34PM
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Aren't the windows so strange?!!? The house was painted like this when we moved in but there were big wooden house numbers too! The yard was all rock and there was a 30 foot pine tree in front of the window that made our living as dark as a basement! We ripped out all the rock and the tree and focused on getting grass to grow last year and put in a sprinkler system. No we are focusing on the porch and painting the house. Roof will probably have to be next year : ) I'm loving the ideas though, the sketches are great!!! On the right of the porch is a big flower garden that has 4 rose bushes and a ton of bullbs and ivy so I dont think I will take that out.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 10:04AM
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I don't know your style or budget either. Our house is similar to yours only on the far right is an upper level making is split level :( So ugly! Here is a picture of a somewhat similar house with porch additions.

1 Like    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Sorry, that was not the specific picture info. above
    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 10:22AM
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Wow that's gorgeous!!! But I definitely don't want to do that to this house lol. We are planning on building a new house within the next year and want to make this one more sellable without going too crazy. I'm putting that in the idea book for the new house tho : )
    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 10:24AM
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Got it!! Congratulations and thanks for your kind response ;)
1 Like    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 10:29AM
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I put a summer picture on my profile so you can get a better idea of what we're working with
1 Like    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 10:50AM
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Western Spindle, LLC
Maybe a smaller version of the architectural millwork shown in the picture below would dress up the exterior...
Project: New Porch Railing in Franklin, TN · See Project
    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 10:44AM
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ma2 architects
I would remove the shingles and replace them with horizontal siding and add another post near the front door. Repaint with a more updated color. That shouldn't be too expensive and would improve the salability of your house. The key is to get people from the realtor's car to inside your front door.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 11:12AM
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