Split Level Curb Appeal Needed
andra123
April 26, 2013
We are in escrow on a house that is beautifully remodeled inside, but seriously ugly outside. We have a few ideas such as replacing the deck to the right of the front door with a trellis, and replacing the stairs. We would appreciate any suggestions from this knowledgable and creative community. Thanks in advance!
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Kevin Patrick O'Brien Architect, Inc.
I can see the need for the stairs up to the front door, but why the deck on the right and left? Is there a great view out the front of this house? Seems odd to have deck areas without access from inside the house. Or am I missing something?
3 Likes    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 8:03PM
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Dytecture
handrail and fencing would be great elements to be updated.
3 Likes    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 8:13PM
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andra123
The decks seem pretty useless. They are not really wide enough for seating. The current owners have nothing on the decks. The night view may be of far off city lights but is mostly blocked by eucalyptus trees.
    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 8:14PM
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Kevin Patrick O'Brien Architect, Inc.
dytecture, how about ripping off the decks? Seems by owner response they are useless! Bothers me when you can't access them from inside the house! Ideas?
    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 8:18PM
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andra123
Any ideas for the front fence? Paint it, or replace it, or completely remove it?
    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:01PM
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andra123
I realize this house is a different style, but I like the stairs and planter boxes along the hand rail.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:02PM
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misecretary
is your house near a lake?
    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:41AM
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buttrfluttr
Remove the fence! It does nothing for the street appeal of the house- which has great potential! Is it rendered?
1 Like    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:45AM
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andra123
No, it's not near a lake.
    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:11AM
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andra123
I'm not sure I know the definition of rendered in this context. I'm a newbie at this!
    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:12AM
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suzter
How about a more dramatic set of stairs? Start wider at the bottom....so that the stairs curve to the right. The stairs need to be closed so you can't see through them. Open stairs look unfinished.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 8:08PM
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suzter
If you have a nice back yard, how about some mounds in the front, with large bushes, to shield the house from the street and give some interest to the landscape? You would still have your night view from the upstairs but the downstairs would be blocked from the street.
    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 8:15PM
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andra123
I agree with the idea of closing the stairs and that would look nice having them widen towards the bottom or turn to the side.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 6:15AM
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andra123
As we would like to remove or replace the front fence, we will need to do some landscaping, but I'm not sure to what scale.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 6:17AM
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handymam
If the fence is sound, paint it white and plant some rambling roses out front. You could just paint the railing on the house white for now as well until you decide on a plan. It would freshen up the house for you. Maybe you could trim the the vertical that go past the top and bottom rails so they are even with the rails.
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andra123
Thanks handymam (great name!). My husband likes the idea of a white fence. Would we want it to match the trim of the house? Repainting the house is a plan but I'm not sure when in the whole scope of things.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 6:44AM
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handymam
I would like to see the trim and the railings and the fence all the same. But even if you just paint the fence and rails for now, it would make a big difference.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 6:47AM
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