Split Level Needs Curb Appeal

belle123September 22, 2010

We just purchased this tri-level home. It has a fabulous floor plan and is in a great location, but lacks curb appeal. The home is currently painted grey with white trim, has brick that is orange and an older cedar shake roof. I would like to alter the home to create curb appeal, but lack the budget to make architectural changes (i.e. roof, driveway). My husband is handy though and could make minor changes (columns, porch railing, shutters, window boxes, etc).

My husband and I prefer a more traditional appearance but with cottage charm. Should we keep the brick natural or paint the entire home one color? Would nicer columns and porch railings help draw attention to the front door? Any advice would be very much appreciated.


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A house is a reflection of those that call it home so it is no wonder that most people want their home to look great. Painting your home in the prefect combination of colors will go a long way to making it a place you can be proud to call your own.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 7:40AM
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Speaking as a landscaper ... remove the dying hedge between the driveway and the house. The shrubs to the left of the door look OK.

The white, tan and brick color scheme is anemic. For fastest improvement, paint the shutters, any other trim, porch columns and the garage door a rust you select from the bricks. That will make the garage door less prominent and tie the parts together.

Railings would make the porch area more emphatic, but they also restrict traffic to a skinny strip. I would make a larger entry area/path (of brick laid on sand?) that is outside that skinny concrete strip. Make it big enough to sit on, put plants on, and handle a group of carolers at Christmas.

Post this in the Design section of the garden forum and you will get some advice on improving the landscaping. For starters, like a house starts decorating at the entry hall, landscapes start at the curb.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 9:50AM
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