Desperate need of some curb appeal!

madisonsuzanneApril 19, 2014
This lovely 70s split level is in dire need of an exterior update. We want more of a cottage look if possible. Thinking of using Hardie plank for siding. We want to replace the overhang above the door but are limited by the driveway. What to do with the big front windows? Ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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pcmom1
Lots of challenges here with all the different window sizes and styles. Right now that large window on the left is dwarfing the front door. When you change out the portico have it start right at the roof line.

Can part of the hardscape be cut away?
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    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:23PM
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pcmom1
Maybe add a grid pattern to that expansive window:
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    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:24PM
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pcmom1
What are you thinking budgetwise for the portico? You could have something interesting done:
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    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:27PM
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Replace the patio,add a gable porch
1 Like    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:36PM
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Lampert Dias Architects, Inc.
There are great possibilities for your house.

We recently remodeled a 70's house with a corner front door by the garage similar to yours and our Clients love the transformation.

It would be easy to transform your house too......
You can change out the windows and modify the front facade for the look that you want......

I have posted two "AFTER PHOTOS" and two "BEFORES" to show you the possibilities.....
1 Like    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:22PM
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Denita
Wow! Love the changes to the house up top Lampert Dias. Extraordinary change :) Hard to believe it is the very same home.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:25PM
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madisonsuzanne
We do have the driveway in front of the front door so too large of a portico won't work. I like the idea of coming out up by the roof line. Thanks for the before and after pictures Lambert Dias. Very nice!
    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:37PM
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madisonsuzanne
Woops, Lampert Dias, sorry!
1 Like    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:38PM
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Lampert Dias Architects, Inc.
It is difficult to make design suggestions without detailed existing plans.......

However, if we were doing the remodel of your house, we would probably create a sense of a front porch across the entire front facade in the area where the planter is......We would push back all of the protruding walls, change the large dark window to a more traditional window with a clerestory window above the new porch roof........Also we would cantelever the porch roof out a bit further then the new posts because there is room to go out between the garage door and the house.

You could have your cottage easily with a good architect on board to help you.
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Denita
^^^Agree 100% with Lampert Dias. It is worth the small difference in cost just avoiding errors that professionals see right away that others miss.
    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 7:08PM
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madisonsuzanne
That is so encouraging, thanks. Recommend an architect in Salt Lake City?
    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 7:13PM
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Lampert Dias Architects, Inc.
I don't know any architects in Salt Lake City, but you might try looking under houzz "find a pro".........
Make sure that you like their work and you call their references and that you feel comfortable with them.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 7:49PM
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madisonsuzanne
Thanks!
    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 8:14PM
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pcmom1
Are you familiar with grid planters? Changing out the different pavement in front of your RV parking to these, with grass planted in the grids, would be a good way to soften up your extensive pavement.
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3 Likes    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 11:12AM
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Denita
grid planters a/k/a permeable paving is an excellent idea for transforming hardscapes into softer looking areas. Helps with drainage too.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 11:25AM
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madisonsuzanne
That's a good idea. My husband loves cement!
    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 1:08PM
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White + Gold Design
A simple solution for the front door would be to add an awning similar to the photo I attached. And a new door and trim of course :)
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 7:39AM
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artEffects Studio Ltd.
I would cut those big windows with a trellis two thirds of the way up and a big cement rectangle planter beneath the trellis,. a chunky pergola over the front door would add to the cottage effect too.
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 8:50AM
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