Ideas for Exterior Colors & Redesign

ghneimsFebruary 23, 2013


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We live on a mountainside, had flooding problems which resulted in a total interior remodel. Now we are doing the exterior followed by the landscape (to prevent future flooding). I'm looking for any and all ideas for the exterior color scheme and design.

Our 1973 home was a split-entry/level but when we did the interior, we raised the entry and put up a temporary porch and walkway. We hate the mediterranean-ish yellow/cream color of the brick in a mountain setting and are considering staining it. We need to replace the pink-ish wood section above the garage with a siding, stucco, or something. In this photo, the solid pink-ish garage doors were open, so I just colored them in rather than take a current picture--we have three feet of snow outside! Of course, if I did you would be able to see how dirty yellow the brick looks in the white snow :).

Original gutters need replacement, they currently are a very faded brownish red. The windows are an almond color. The front door is almond as well but that's just because its new and unpainted/unstained. Current deck/porch extends beyond the roofline, so I have thought about a small pergola, or shortening it and putting up columns and header that would sit under the roofline.

Again, any ideas or suggestions would be helpful.


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I think a lot is going to depend on your budget.

Personally, I think you need to break up the roofline with a gable, either by creating a gabled entryway or by changing the roofline above the garage door to a gable.

You might also consider adding a a shed roofline above the garage doors to create some visual interest.

Here are some images that I found on If you've not discovered that site yet, it would be worth a browse for you - there are literally thousands of photos that come up when searching for split level):

Traditional Exterior design by Chicago Design-build Normandy Remodeling

Traditional Exterior design by Minneapolis General Contractor Knight Construction Design : Chanhassen, Minnesota

Traditional Exterior design by Portland Kitchen And Bath Fixtures Designer's Edge Kitchen & Bath

Hope that helps!

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 2:57PM
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What colors do you like? I love dark colors in mountain settings. I would stain the brick and add a gabled entryway, as stacy suggests. A dark color like Dunn Edwards "Weathered Wood" would look good on the siding, with darker trim for the windows, eaves, gutters, and stair rails.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:54PM
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Thank you for some great ideas to think about!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2013 at 8:03PM
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