New home needs curb appeal PLEASE HELP!!!
June 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
just a new home its a ranch style with no curb appeal whatsoever. I was thinking about adding a front porch w stone and nice flower beds surrounding but not sure how pricey that would be?? will take any and all ideas into consideration thanks
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Sandra Norton
I would replace some of the evergreens with colorful plants. Don't know what zone you live in, but would consider some tree's such as the coral bark that give's beautiful coloring even in winter. The bark turns Red.It would be nice to have one on the outside of the garage to the left, and then one to the right side of the house. You could use the area between the drives for a flowerbed area with a small Japanese maple that stays small but adds lost of red color. I like your front porch idea. I think it would help to give the door some color and not match the shutter color. Break up the coloring. Just ideas???
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I don't know what your street is like but you could add the porch and also put some planters filled with small cedars or a wrought iron fence with planters that allow climbing vines, on the driveway to create a patio-like sitting area.cute house!
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Sandra Norton
Coral Bark Tree (year around color) Small Saybrook Junipers.
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wow I like those trees a lot!! and in the photo the home currently looks like the first photo with out the slit driveway and bug evergreens. it was the only other pic I had with the garage included. I would like to do something with a porch maybe a lil a frame that will make the house look a lil bigger. Its located on a nice quite culdesac
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Certainly a roof over your front entry would be a plus. In fact, it's hard to tell where the front entry is since there are two of them at the front of the house. You would do well to point out the real front entry with big pots of flowering plants flanking the stairs to the door where you want people to enter.

It would be nice to tear out that little sidewalk that leads to the right hand front door, and to create a curving pathway from the driveway to that front door. Between the curve and the house you could plant a bed of shrubs and flowering plants. I think you could also go ahead and plant a tree in the front yard. The sooner you plant a tree or two or three, the sooner they'll start growing.

Eventually, you could add a more definitive front entrance such as you see below.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID

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Carolyn...I want that house...beautiful
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