Mid-century Home in need of a more modern front landscape!!
Brandon Blattner
April 12, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am looking for a mid-century modern look, to tie into my house. I like clean lines and simplicity.

I finally dealt with the overgrowth/lack of maintenance from my neighbor. I am gutting the whole area, reclaiming my yard, and really want to make the front house border look very nice. I am attaching a before, an after a quick clean up, and an inspiration photo of the look i 'think' I want. I really like the wood wall with the house numbers.

Any and all thoughts would be great, especially with type of plants. I am in KS and it gets very hot/dry. Also, am looking to keep it rather low maintenance. I will be planting grass everywhere else.

Also, would painting the brick be a bad idea?? if not, what color?

This is my first post to Houzz, thanks much in advance.
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Brandon Blattner
BORED @ work,. Anybody have a favorite concept sketch..?
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Triangle Brick Company
As a brick manufacturer, we love the look of natural brick and its durability. However, if you do decide to paint the brick, please be prepared for increased maintenance. According to The Brick Industry Association, “Most paint authorities agree that, once painted, exterior masonry will require repainting every three to five years.”
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Living MPerfect
I like the upper right
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Brandon Blattner
@Triangle, thank you. Maintenance aside, for resale value, say in 3 years, what do you think of the brick on this particular house?
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nFORMAL design
I really like the existing brick on the house as is! It doesn't look like it's in bad shape from the photos either. If it's dirty (can't tell from the picture alone), there are plenty of cleaning methods available to look at depending on your situation. You should start, however, with the least abrasive method so you don't permanently damage the surface or allow for increased water penetration. If the mortar is loose or falling apart, look into having it repointed. I like what you have going on in the front yard as far as landscaping is concerned from the inspirational pic! I'd be inclined to carry that theme over into the backyard as well, by wrapping it around the side. You could take the stone slab tiles you got leading to your entryway and create a side path from the front yard to the back. This would create a nice passage way for friends and family to walk along if you're hosting a party out back, while tying both yards together. It will also keep the foot traffic through your house to a minimum in those scenarios.
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Brandon Blattner
thanks for the advice, i think i will keep the brick as is!
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nFORMAL design
Excellent! I personally like that decision. Keep us updated on your progress.
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Arlene Warda, Architecture+Interior Design
Hi Brandon, I really like sketch on computer no. 2, can you tell us what's behind the large expanse of space? a bedroom or such?..in the brown bay, with siding? Thanks!
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Brandon Blattner
it is a rather large master bedroom, which has a sliding glass door to that private deck you see on the left. Overlooking that deck is 3 large windows running the length of the room.
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Happnie Homes
Painting the brick will not do anything for resale value of the home. The only reason to paint it would be personal preference. If you choose to do so I would recommend a masonry stain as opposed to paint. It is self priming and would reduce the maintenance.
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backbonemountain
Make your house numbers big and red! And don't forget the lighting. Directional and wall. Nice inspiration to work from!
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Brandon Blattner
Here is an update. Now I need to plan out the landscaping for the front area. Trying to keep it clean, simple, and unique...
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Brandon Blattner
Here is my update for you all. Last step is to add some directional lighting to the house numbers and to the large trees.
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