Please help me with this BLAH exterior!

Sue Ann StevensJuly 26, 2013
What can be done to make this house more appealing?? My best friend is forced into a quick move and this is the house shes buying except the exterior is so boring!! Thinking the pillars and porch roof are the problem! What about the trim color? Front door? Landscaping suggestions? Please give me some fresh perspective. Would this more of a colonial?
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Check out this pic, I think the columns and railing would work for this home.
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1 Like    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 6:15PM
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    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 6:18PM
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Agree that the porch and columns appear out of scale, plus the bump out window is out of character. Might look better with a peaked entry over just the front door with two beefy columns. A nice curved walkway to the driveway lined with plantings. A small tree to the left between the two windows will make them less obvious.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 6:23PM
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Don't try to put craftsman shaped columns on it - do consider a dark blue-gray like sw storm cloud for all the trim and garage doors. That would improve the sophistication level a lot. I'd put a navy front door on that - like a high gloss sw commodore. Paint the porch ceiling in the lighter blue-gray on the storm cloud card - north star - go to
Yes, beefed up columns - not too hard to do - would improve the proportions, as would grilles / muntins in the top half of all the windows. The bay window isn't so bad, though a larger bow window would make a nicer proportion of glass to room / that is a fairly expensive window that probably isn't a top priority.

She might change the exterior lantern / spray it out to look like copper with rustoleum spray so it is a bit brighter there. Add a single full shutter to the right of the lower windows - and double ones above, but leave off the bay - these should be the same storm cloud tone as the garage, fascia board, the front door has contrast. Add a brass or copper toned knocker and kickplate to give the door presence. Voila!
1 Like    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 6:40PM
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I would put black shutters on all of the windows except the bay. I would paint the garage doors a light taupe and the window trim and casements, also. I would paint the front door a fern green or a gray blue.

The porch columns need to be bigger. I would add a trim board across the bottom of the porch roof to lower the height.
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1 Like    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 7:32PM
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This design of columns and arched trim might work for your friend's house:
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1 Like    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 3:31PM
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Add lots of flowers(:
    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 4:35PM
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