What in the world can I do with this?
October 19, 2012 in Design Dilemma
My husband and I purchased this house from auction. Gutted the inside and made a great contemporary great room. It's the outside of the house that's driving me crazy. Any suggestions?
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Wow! Nice kitchen! What is wrong with the outside, I mean what don't you like? Is it the slope?

First thing I would want to do is change the awning over the door, is that the front door? I see you have two of them.
October 19, 2012 at 2:01pm     
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Yes - I hate the front door. We don't use it. It has an awning over it. Don't get me started with the block foundation, oh my. We enclosed the side porch and use this door as our main enterence.
October 19, 2012 at 2:05pm   
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Well if the door with the awning over it is your front door, why don't you do something to disguise the other one to avoid confusion. You could do something as simple as put large planters on the stairs to discourage people from going there.

That awning wouldn't make me happy either, how about something more like this? [houzz=studiobfg.com]
OR [houzz=Architecture Walk: Exterior Styles and Palettes]

The triangular area of the slope I would paint in a deep rich green, then put terra cotta (or green) pots against it holding shade plants
October 19, 2012 at 2:10pm   
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Laurie E. Friedman, AIA Architect, LEED AP
It that vinyl siding I see? If so, I suggest that it be replaced with a product similar to cement panel siding made by James Hardie. There's a variety of patterns, from horizontal siding to shingles -- all resembling wood with integral color and very low maintenance. Now if the siding is wood, select a light color like blue or beige and contrast it with a white color for the trim. The wood shutters can remain a darker color and the main entry door should be an eye-catching brighter color like a rich, but cooler red. Like Bobbi P suggests, remove the awning over the door and replace it with an overhand or extension of the roof held up by wood posts to more strongly define the main entry. Adding some accent colors in the landscaping would be a nice touch as well to more clearly define the path to the the main entry. Good luck!
October 19, 2012 at 2:11pm     
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Judy M
was the section with the awning originally the garage? as I see asphalt there. It seems you would be wise to seek professional advice. But my eye says get rid of asphalt and make a new entrance from the garages to the Original front door, that will also help to balance the slope. remove the large tree and update the front landscaping. Perhaps add a second sidewalk with entry to the entrance with the awning.
October 19, 2012 at 2:16pm   
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The tree is great. Make the most of it. That could be the start of landscaping the slope.

October 19, 2012 at 2:23pm     
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Nice! I like that!....Bobbi
October 19, 2012 at 2:24pm   
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Believe this or not. The side porch was enclosed. The driveway is new, the only way to get into the house was the basement door at the bottom of the slope. We added the driveway and enclosed the porch with windows .

I thought about taking off the porch and awning and replacing with a small deck or place steps in front of the door and slope a sidewalk over. But we don't want to use this door or invite people to enter there. We'd like to focus the enterence to the side porch area.

How can I focus the eye on the side enterence?
October 19, 2012 at 2:25pm   
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I see your point...the first thing i notice is the large slope. What you could do is add some large planters on both sides of the door...that would catch peoples eyes. And add a large big door...and I mean like a wood or a color that would stand out.

Do you really need that other door?
October 19, 2012 at 2:31pm     
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Dar Eckert
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Knightwood Residence
Restyled Home
Good job on the inside. The outside also has a lot of potential. For your main entrance you should build out a gable. I have attached a couple of examples. A porch that extends from the new main entrance the entire length of the house would also be a great addition. A porch would hide the blocks from the front and the second front door could be a door out to the deck. You may want to extend the roof over the deck or just build on a pergola over it. I couldn't find a good example of a deck except for the fourth photo. Also replace the driveway infront of the door with a sidewalk.
October 19, 2012 at 2:46pm   
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