My Money Pit (circa 1888).....and exterior color help
This is my first post here. My name is Lisa, and I have an 1888 home in NJ.
I am currently in the middle of a sizable renovation including a new kitchen. The kitchen was not original when we moved in...it was circa 1950s with metal cabinets and appliances.
More on the interior later....I am at a point where I need to make a few decisions on exterior color.
A bit of background...
When we bought the house it was all white and the paint was in bad shape.
The original cedar clapboard was covered in asbestos siding at some point.
There are decorative scallops on the top which are slate but have been painted.
When we bought the house we chose a color scheme and had the exterior repainted. It was an improvement from the white but we made color mistakes for sure.
I did research historically accurate colors however, I didn't find something that I wanted to go with....I wanted a bright and cheery Victorian cottage. I tried, but just got it wrong.
Our current project involves an addition and we are use hardie plank siding to mimic the look of the original cedar siding. we decided that we would like to remove the asbestos and hardie plank the entire exterior.
Our builder wants to use one of the 8 standard hardie colors, which I haven't seen yet.
So I feel the need to make a decision on color scheme soon and I don't want to get it wrong again.
If anyone has used a standard hardie color on a Circa 1888 Victorian (style = queen anne cottage maybe??), I would love to hear your thoughts and see photos.
Any other thoughts or ideas on color scheme are welcomed.
Here are a few photos so y'all can see what were working with.
House from MLS listing. Shrubs were very over grown and we've since re landscaped:
With the new color scheme...we also rehabbed porch. I don't think the color looks too bad in this photo because the green trees balance the bright yellow, however, after looking at the house all winter with no color in the surroundings...it's just all wrong.
one more pic of the broken bluestone path that we added. I am very happy with this, we did one thing right so far:
Many thanks in advance for any advice that you all have. This is such a wonderful forum.