What color should we paint the stucco,shutters, trim. I would like a red door!
June 6, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is a 1920 Philadelphia area stucco over stone colonial. want to make the home prettier, happier looking. Too much black!
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paint the stucco a gray, shutters deep red/burgandy/bright red door
June 6, 2013 at 6:19PM        Thanked by ccmu
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the color scheme of your house is perfect. i would not change one thing.
June 6, 2013 at 6:24PM      Thanked by ccmu
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So did you paint the door? I'm late in the game, but the black of the door surround if far too stark for this style of house. I would seriously consider a type of grey/greige/taupe that works with the stone, and with the dormers and perhaps the siding on the garage (?) on the left to match. Or maybe grey on the shutters too so they don't merge with the window casings.

If at all possible, move the air conditioner to a side window or screen with a trellis. The black is obscuring some really nice molding detail on your home and makes it look unbalanced and choppy. Perhaps a rethink of the entire color scheme and placement would be a good idea.
February 12, 2014 at 7:24AM      Thanked by ccmu
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Rockin' Fine Finish
I would remove the shutters
February 12, 2014 at 7:49AM        Thanked by ccmu
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Timberlane Inc.
How about painting the window trim a different color than the shutters? This will make the windows pop a bit more.

PS - Love the functionality of the shutters!
February 12, 2014 at 8:21AM        Thanked by ccmu
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Excellent idea... Love the white window trim w/ black shutters.
February 12, 2014 at 8:29AM      Thanked by ccmu
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I think the black shutters are great but are they not all the same??
The bottom left window in the first photo is missing a shutter? why?
I like the white trim in the above picture.

This would be a little pricey but removing the light fixture over the front door and adding one on both sides would be ideal. maybe do one with a nice polished look like a steal (not black).
for better cost purposes even just changing the fixture over the door would be better.

In the picture above if you got that style of shutters adding a 1' or smaller trim to define the squares would be a nice touch.

One last thing have you thought about painting your door an accent color like red or blue?
February 12, 2014 at 1:04PM        Thanked by ccmu
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Hi everyone thank you so much for all of your wonderful ideas. We have owned the house for about 6 months . Doing all the interior work first . But we did paint the front door red. The left side if the house had a bolt on room with white siding. We changed that room into an exterior covered porch. When the weather breaks we are planning to paint the black shutters a navy blue, the stucco either a grey/ griege/ color that goes with the stone. The trim work will all be painted a lighter color as well. All of the windows were or are replaced by new wood windows- so all the exterior black will be gone. painting starts once this VERY snowy and cold Philly weather finally ends! Thank you again for the thoughtful ideas. Much appreciated - any and all ideas or comments on our future plans are welcome : )
February 12, 2014 at 2:58PM     
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The new colors sound nice. A lighter door surround will do wonders--Colonial Revival ones never look right painted black. How old is your house? It looks to me like it dates to around 1910-1930.

Are you sure the old windows are beyond repair? Usually even the most horrible of windows can be repaired and have exterior or interior storms added to nearly equal new window efficiency, and old growth wood is better quality than new.

John Leeke at Historic Homeworks and the Craftsman Blog have good info on fixing and weahterstripping old windows, and Bob Yapp has a good article on the subject as well. DIY interior storms can be nearly invisible and are easy to change out in the summer--there are kits available online for the plexiglass and magnetic strip type and inexpensive wood frame and plastic ones directions are available at Mother Earth News and other sources. They also can be ordered. Usually this is a longer-lasting and less expensive solution, although I applaud you for going with wood rather than vinyl windows.

Aluminum covered wood windows do have some problems, mostly with moisture trapped beneath the aluminum eventually rotting the wood, and by the time you notice, they are shot. And modern glass inserts can fail in wood windows, just as they do in vinyl, and so forth, and then the entire insert has to be replaced. The old glazing putty and glass can be fixed over and over again, and with care the windows can last hundreds of years. Plus if done right, the air gap between a storm and the single pane glass is the near equivalent to factory sealed glass because the air gap is greater. Fancy argon gas filled units eventually leak out the gas in about 10-15 years, even if the seals don't fail, so aren't really worth the extra expense.
February 13, 2014 at 6:09AM      Thanked by ccmu
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Sounds Wonderful.....please post pictures when u are finished Excited to see the end result and that red door! :) Good Luck!!
February 13, 2014 at 6:19AM      Thanked by ccmu
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