home at Perfect Location BUT, House sits backwards. No Curb appeal!

Philishia CrumApril 27, 2014
Finally found a home for sale in THE neighborhood. But it sits backward on the lot. It is a two story with part of the first floor built into the ground. I need to figure out how to add porch or something to the "front" back of the house. Help!
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Adding a porch work.
    Bookmark   Thanked by Philishia Crum    April 27, 2014 at 5:57AM
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Philishia Crum
yes. a porch. any ideas of style?
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 6:18AM
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a gable porch.
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Barbara Krai Interior Design
Looks like a woodsy area - how about a deck?
    Bookmark   Thanked by Philishia Crum    April 27, 2014 at 6:38AM
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Meet Me at the Wrecking Ball
A picture taken from farther away will help us visualize your lot better. Also, if you build a deck, will you be able to access it from inside the house or will you have to walk around the house to get to it? I don't see a door back there.
    Bookmark   Thanked by Philishia Crum    April 27, 2014 at 6:42AM
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PPF.
So the first picture is the back that you wish looked like a front?

More pictures from other angles would help.
1 Like    Bookmark   Thanked by Philishia Crum    April 27, 2014 at 7:21AM
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cabingirl13
Looks like you would have to add a door to go out out the "back" which you want to look like the front. A patio would work or a slightly raised deck.
    Bookmark   Thanked by Philishia Crum    April 27, 2014 at 7:24AM
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Philishia Crum
yes,t he first picture is the back of the house but it faces the road and what you see when you come up the drive. The second pic is the back of the house. All the living areas are on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor.
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 7:33AM
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Philishia Crum
I think a deck would still make it look like the back of the house - trying to make it look like the front. I can't add an entry door due to the interior floor plan. I could replace the upstairs bedroom windows with French doors possibly.
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 7:35AM
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plant low hedges under the windows. Either a deck or another entry to the house from the back (with a proper landing and all) will add some life.
    Bookmark   Thanked by Philishia Crum    April 27, 2014 at 7:37AM
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Philishia Crum
Here's another view from the curb.
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 7:38AM
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Philishia Crum
anyone have any pics for ideas so I can visualize?
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 7:41AM
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pivoines
Do you plan on using the back deck ? If not, why don't you plant a cedar edge that will give privacy and definition to that area and will let you do whatever you want behind it within a couple years. Making a hasty decision might incite you in spending money unnecessarily . I would consult an architect to clarify your idea. a couple of hundred dollars consult might save you thousands.
    Bookmark   Thanked by Philishia Crum    April 27, 2014 at 8:00AM
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cabingirl13
If you had a porch or deck out back what would you use it for? Do you want a table for outdoor eating and grilling- or a hot tub, etc? Do you want it covered for shade or open? You could do a pergola on a patio like this...but tailored to your layout.
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    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 8:00AM
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Philishia Crum
I'm really just trying to create curb appeal. But should be functional as well. Use like a FRONT porch. Sitting area with plants, - no outdoor eating, grill etc that you would normally see in the back yard. I'm just really trying to make this back of the house look like the front of the house for curb appeal.
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 8:09AM
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Denita
To me this can be solved with landscaping the back and the drive/walkway. Putting a deck or patio will accentuate the issue of the backwards facing house. If you landscape it right, people will be lead naturally down the path, around your home to the front door and no one will notice that the back of the house is the first thing you see. Moving the trash can to another location out of sight would help too.

Get with a landscape designer in your area. You could add tremendous curb appeal with an overall plan. You can put the plan into effect as time and budget allow,

These are to illustrate the idea, not specific plantings.
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PPF.
Interesting place. It seems to sit well back from the road, so i would consider landscaping to partly block the view of the house. Make the approach to the house a bit of a mystery -- a surprise when you find yourself entering on the far side.

Some fresh paint, new doors and landscaping will give you a truly unique place.
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decoenthusiaste
I think the bare driveway up to the house is more of an issue than the backwards house. View blocking landscaping and a concrete patterned stain that replicates the look of large pavers might do the trick and you won't have to deal with the house. Even replacing the drive with gravel would look better.
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brickln
Agree with deco on landscaping. Trying to make it look like the front when there's no entrance there is confusing. Either create a focal garden, or line the drive with bushes.
    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 2:05PM
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