Exterior redo
jrdreyer
June 12, 2014 in Design Dilemma
Would love some advice for this small house dominated by the garage in the front. I plan to paint, roof, and landscape so open to ideas.
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architectrunnerguy
Get a decent looking garage door and then do something to make the trip to the front door a nice journey.
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Dytecture
The main issue is front door isn't visible from the street.
2 Likes   Thanked by jrdreyer    June 12, 2014 at 11:14AM
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jrdreyer
Great ideas, Going to remove the front cactus and paint front gate bright color
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Dawson & Clinton
I think a modern garage door would make huge improvement. For the landscaping, I would look to add color, but keep the current desert theme as it suits the home. You may even want to think of using the colors you add to the garden as an accent when painting the trim of the home. Best of luck!
1 Like   Thanked by jrdreyer    June 12, 2014 at 11:45AM
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jrdreyer
Thanks for your help. Looks like I may need to save up for a garage door.
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Dar Eckert
Where is the main entrance? Is it beyond the fence?
My first thought is a low fence along the front with gate from sidewalk. Inside the fence have a well defined pathway to the door. Landscape the outside of the fence with some nice cacti. Inside the fence plant a Palo Verde to soften the landscape. Not sure if the fence would be allowed.
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jrdreyer
Yes it is one of the hardest doors to find. You have to go through the gate. Tree is a great idea, thanks!
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MarleneM
I would paint garage door same as house to blend in, and spend $ on landscaping and sidewalk to front door and gate.
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jrdreyer
I will certainly try to paint the door first, hoping that will be enough to make it look better.
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jrdreyer
Any input on the path to the door? Should it be straight, curved?
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Margo
I would paint the garage door the same color as your house and add some carriage hardware. Very inexpensive update. I don't know what those stones that jut out on the house are called, but I would paint them a shade or two darker beige. I like curvy paths as they offer more interest;)

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Dar Eckert
A curved path would give a more relaxed feel and straight more formal. I would go curved.

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Rina
Something like this? A more prominent path running alongside the driveway for easier access when there are cars parked there. It looks as though you're in the kind of environment where bougainvillea would thrive.
1 Like   Thanked by jrdreyer    June 16, 2014 at 6:53AM
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jrdreyer
Curved it is! I have pavers behind the gate that I will bring out as a path.
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Margo
Ding- ding- ding!!! We have a Houzzer poster who made a discission.... ;))
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