Exterior renovation: what would you do if you lived here?
We're planning an exterior renovation (new siding, new front door, new door surround/possible hooded entry) for our 1950 north-facing hip-roof colonial in a 1950s neighborhood in the seacoast area of New Hampshire. We've enlisted the services of an architect for some of the details, but have only just begun the process.
I'd love it if some of you could jump in here and offer some suggestions based on the photo below. We're pretty set on fiber cement siding (either James Hardie or Certainteed). Our architect has suggested shingles (probably only on the front since our budget is no terribly large). We're looking to add overall curb appeal. Please ignore the one missing shutter - it fell off in a recent storm.
Please feel free to suggest anything and everything, from colors to siding choice to shingles - you name it. We can't really add on to the front of the house (door overhang or portico are OK), and the windows have to stay since they had been replaced recently. The small window over the front door is yellowed glass bricks and can't really be enlarged (there are two closets behind it and we don't want to get into a mess there).
I have a tendency to get stuck on specific and narrow ideas for the house, so I could really use the help in opening up my mind to other possibilities. I would be so grateful for any help and will come back here and update all of you with the progress.