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Need help re-freshing, modernizing and updating brick ranch exterior
March 10, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is a 4800 sq ft 1960 ranch in the metro suburbs of a southern city. It has been completely updated inside in a transitional style (see pics), but we are stuck on how to update the exterior. We want to keep the style but somehow bring it forward to today so it looks cleaner, fresher and somehow more modern. If we paint the brick a clean color (white, off-white, soft gray), what do we do with the vertical siding along the front porch? Paint it a contrasting color? My husband wants to take off the shutters to make it "cleaner," but I am on the fence about it. For this house, I feel like it would read like eyes without eyelashes. Also, what to do with the brick on the long front porch and walkway? We've already updated the front windows, roof and doors.