Help with front of 1960's cottage
I'm a regular GardenWeb lurker (mainly on kitchens and baths) and just recently noticed the Smaller Homes forum. I've enjoyed reading these posts and seeing photos of other small homes :)
Below is a photo of our 1960's Cape-style cottage. It's 1444 square feet on the main floor, and there are two rooms upstairs (total of 400 square feet) that just have a window unit. We'd like to add dormers in the front maybe one day, or do a big dormer bump out the back, but right now with three small children, that will have to wait. Most people think we're crazy for having a family of five in this little house, but we love it! It keeps us all close together and I can't keep this little house clean, so I have no idea how I'd clean anything bigger!
We've lived here almost four years and the house was orange brick when we purchased it. The entire neighborhood has houses that look exactly like ours, and we hated the orange, unattractive brick, so we painted it (gasp! - I know how much some people think there's a special place in hell for people who paint brick, but we're in the south and there's lots of painted brick around, so it didn't seem odd to us). We just recently purchased, painted, and installed board and batten shutters and we're happy with the way it looks for the most part (we still need to paint the trim white).
BUT - the part we HATE is that little peak above the front door with the Charlie Brown Ric Rac trim. The roof is 10 years old and seems to be in good shape. I'm trying to decide if it would look best to:
1. add a little portico with a peaked roof in the exact footprint of the little porch
2. install a fabric awning in the exact peak shape (many houses in the neighborhood have awnings)
3. live with it until we redo the roof, and remove the peak altogether and have nothing on the front
Opinions or advice?
BTW - The side porch you see is actually a porch to nowhere ;) The houses used to be duplexes and that was an entrance to one of them. When they made them single family homes in the 70's, they put a fireplace on the other side of that porch, but left the exterior door and the steps. I can't decide if we should put a nice new wood white railing there or remove the old metal one altogether. Any thoughts about that would be appreciated too.