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Adding character to faux adobe

dreaenriquezFebruary 24, 2013
The exterior of my house is boring. I want to add something but i don't know what to bring it to life. I was thinking about adding stone to the middle or bottom but I don't know if that would go with the faux adobe look. The entry way also has this very long plain wall to the right and is definitely giving me a "designers block", please help any ideas are appreciated.
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Paint the stucco (brighter, white f.e.) and add a foot of stone on the bottom.
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 12:18PM
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Thank you for your suggestion, the foot of stone I think I'm definitely gonna do, any other suggestions that are a little easier ( I.E adding trees or iron rod or something) and what about the long wall ?
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:01PM
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What great potential! without breaking your bank I would consider a raised bed in a curving pattern at the front of your home. Add some window shutters as well. If long term you are not a gardener and do not want grass I would put in a large spanish style ground fountain with an underlayment of pavers or tile to break up the monotany of that bark or rock seen in your picture. Even with a fountain you could give up the raised bed and just make the curved bed with some low growing foundation plants. You also could consider putting a stain on your concrete walkway:)
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:17PM
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Yes, I agree that the stone would be a great idea, in terms of a ledgestone or a stack stone. I don't mind the color, just find a complimentary texture and color of stone and spend your money there. Re: stone accent, I would go as high as the top of the bump out at the corner on the right hand of the photo, perhaps 24" high, with a band and sloped cap. This photo represents a treatment to a high end home, but the concept is similar to what you could do. Your entry column (one, not two as shown in the photo) could have this same detail to the height of the window head (top of window). 'Faux' stone is likely best, given that it is not as thick (deep) as natural stone.I.e., your entry might be too tight to place stone on both sides within the entry door recess. www.mutualmaterials.com offers many choices for your endeavor, per this link http://www.mutualmaterials.com/professional/products/masonry-products/cultured-stone?section=shapes-colors (copy/paste into your browser). The landscaping idea above seems reasonable. Assuming this is the SW, succulents/cactii seem appropriate. I hope that it helps. Best of luck.
    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 2:40PM
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I would not be too worried over the long wall, you'll find something.
If you'd widen the path a little (width of pillar?) you could place some high pots there. Or hang some artwork. A fake window with a mirror and a planter. A bench. Deco later, build/paint now ;)

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    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 2:47AM
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