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Need Design Ideas to add character and curb appeal
danielreeder
February 19, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Bought a fixer upper. It's the ugliest house on the block. I'm ready to do a complete exterior facelift - siding, windows, trim, gutters, soffit, fascia etc. Since the house is so plain and boring, I am looking for ideas to add some character. Any help is much appreciated!
The second photo is the house when I bought it. I have since put on new garage doors, new stamped concrete front porch, new porch lighting, and tore out the overgrown shrubs
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danielreeder
Also, should I put a railing on the porch? if so, what do you suggest?
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Tres McKinney Design
How about a new paint color scheme to tie the wood siding with the stone side of the house. Paint the walls a light warm shade of gray (color found in the stone) with charcoal or black shutters, front door and garage door. Another option would be khaki colored walls and dark khaki shutters, front door and garage door. You also could paint the front door a deep berry red with either of these two color schemes.Then of course - new landscaping.
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David Olson Architect
I'd replace the windows, front door and relite, and garage door with period correct items. I'd remove the stone and side it to match the house.
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danielreeder
I'm definitely going to replace windows, and was going to paint front door. I was thinking of putting window boxes on the 2 front first floor windows, and maybe do shake siding on the gable, to break it up a bit.
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Clara
Porch that goes across the front of the house and raps around to the front door. And windows.
0 Likes   February 19, 2013 at 9:33PM
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SUSAN PETRIL, INTERIOR DESIGNS
I have soo many ideas, would like to draw you a sketch, where is this home located??
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danielreeder
Located in Pennsylvania
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achelous
David olson's ideas are the best... The main house is contemporary but garage & door, stone, looks 70's. landscape could be minimal but could be just a geometric pattern of plants or dirt or stones
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
I like David olson's idea of removing stone and adding matching siding . I've doodled a landscape plan that I think will compliment your home's architecture. Foundation plantings ( don't plant too close to the house ) are blooming broadleaf evergreens such as azaleas or rhododendrons, deciduous shrubs ( hydrangeas, dwarf lilac, shrub roses -depending on your sun'shade ) and the bed in front filled with your favorite perennials and annuals for seasonal color. Since the driveway is a prominent part of the landscape I would make it as attractive as possible with pavers. A small ornamental tree , conical shaped will balance the tallness of the house. To further join the recessed garage area with the facade, an architectural arbor made of cedar , with perhaps a colorful flowering vine would look attractive.
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rinqreation
Front porch along the entire front of the house to glue the two heights together.
Traditional style with a touch of colonial/farmhouse.

Saxon Hill Vernacular
Exterior 1
Exterior 2
Burbank Model Home
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rinqreation
some photoshop to give you an idea:
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danielreeder
Wow, thank you guys for the sketches. Keep the great ideas coming
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
Here's a similar design to my idea - just reverse it because this garage is in the front.
1 Like   February 20, 2013 at 7:37AM
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nFORMAL design
Can you post a pic of the new stuff?
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nFORMAL design
Guess the first pic is the new stuff. When you said you did stamped concrete porch, I take it you had the original updated?

I'd do a lot of things to that exterior. First, it totally depends on style. I'd have a contractor come in and take the mitered corners off the garage doors and get rid of that stone. If you want that kind of material look (and you already used stamped concrete), get someone in there to do some vertical, decorative concrete around the garage doors or use some really sweet brick veneer.

We are more contemporary modern, so in our minds, that house could stay very similar in shape/structure, but we'd modernize it. One thought would be no shutters, punched openings and a vertical corrugated metal panel on the large mass. Put in casement or owning windows with no muntins. On the smaller, garage mass I'd go with something like stone, brick, concrete. Or, you could use wood rainscreen--very European, but sweet.

Pics attached for materials...not shape of house (obviously).
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The Color People
Man, everyone just wants to spend money! You went in the right direction using a tan on the body so that it goes with the garage section. But you need to go darker to blend better with the stone. If you have a good blend with the stone it will not make much difference what period the stone looks like. Paint the garage doors as well. The darker color will cover up how poor they look as well as minimize how much the siding draws attention to itself. Shutters and doors the same color but paint the trim and sidelight on the entry all in the trim color.

If you do want to spend more money, new windows and garage doors would create the most impact.
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rinqreation
Wood rainscreen is European?
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decoenthusiaste
I agree with The Color People that the paint needs to be darker. Agree with Clara that you need a porch to wrap the house and tie the two disparate sections together. Here are some ideas to work with your PA field stone house. Search for Pennsylvania farmhouse in the box above for more ideas.
Bryn Coed Farm 1
Bryn Coed Farm 2
Exterior View of Restored Farmhouse
Starry Night Farm- Exterior
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nFORMAL design
@The Color People -- the OP said he/she wanted to do a COMPLETE exterior facelift...so there will definitely be money involved. A lot of the ideas we suggest are actually cheaper than going the traditional route, but if you think you can get his facelift for free, we'd like to hire you to do a few of our projects.

@rinqreation -- rainscreen used as it is shown above was developed overseas...might be Australian, but I think it developed in Europe. I have contractor friends that are afraid (like a lot of other American contrcators) to use rainscreen without overlapping boards because they don't understand the concept. They still believe you have to have a complete water tight outer layer. The system is made to actually not keep out 100% of the water...some water rolls behind the rainscreen, but since it is open air, it dries out incredibly well.
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rinqreation
I do indeed see more new buildings with wooden siding, open and closed. Wood does benefit from being open on both sides, less rot for sure. Building techniques in Europe and the States might be drawn together to use the benefits of both. Timber frames&homes are mostly used in the northern counties here, wood is not the cheapest material. The Dutch live on a river delta, so clay brick is still quite common, except for commercial building. Also the 'green' aspect of building is becoming increasingly important, like it should be.
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victorianbungalowranch
I think Daniel needs to post pictures of the new porch and let us know if he wants to go contemporary or more traditional.

I think the porch should go where it traditionally located--in the corner of the L, possibly stretching all the way across to create a carport or pergola over the garages.
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