Soften exterior
u06jgg
April 28, 2014
Hi all, can anyone offer tips to soften the pretty stark exterior of my new house? Its not as bad in real life as it looks here. I will consider structural or cosmetic. Thanks.
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jenniferkennery
Your front façade is definitely crying out for shutters on the window and try looking up Georgian Portico on here. I think that would be a welcome addition.
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Wow. This is a nice looking property. Can you tell the Houzz community what the exterior material is. the house built from concrete block?
    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 5:07PM
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madisonct
Shutters
    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 5:10PM
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John James O'Brien - Design for Inspired Living
Shutter would be a North American flavour, but I suspect this house is in the UK. An architecturally informed lattice-work trellis with evergreen climbers can work wonders. An eyebrow window in the attic space could ad a feature that is not too removed from the heritage of the building. What year is it?
1 Like    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 5:16PM
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lefty47
HI -- This house looks like it could be in the Tuscan country side ! Plant some tall pyramidal shaped trees and plant vines that will crawl up the walls . You could have the exterior stucco finished to make it look more Tuscan and add some architectural concrete moldings around the windows .
    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 5:27PM
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decoenthusiaste
Here are some French Provincial styles you could use to tweak your home into a softer presence. I think the bottom left one is so close to what you have. It wouldn't be too difficult to go that direction. Plastering and painting the block would be a great start. You could plan the dormers for down the road.
Rodeo Estate Tuscan Landscape French Chateau Eclectic Exterior Fergon Architects, LLC exterior newdesignstudios.com - French Modern
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karelina
Just lightening the pediments around your front door and windows will make a big difference. Adding some potted plants (with color and curvy lines) by the steps would soften the lines even more. Another possibility is to add quoins or rather the illusion of quoins, using stucco. Not much expense - worth trying first - before you make major changes.
2 Likes    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 6:56PM
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PPF.
I would determine what style the home is, then do some research to identify what is appropriate.

I like it as is :)
1 Like    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:06AM
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megen20
Nice house reminds me of the french Italian style, add shutters and that's it.
4 Likes    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:23AM
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u06jgg
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Wow. This is a nice looking property. Can you tell the Houzz community what the exterior material is. the house built from concrete block?

Tk. The house is built from granite block.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 10:41AM
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Sustainable Dwellings
Build a widow's walk on top, to scale..... I think it is a marvelous property!
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u06jgg
Garden Oaks Fine Accommodation. What year is it?

Not sure. Earliest historical mention I can see is 1880, some time before that.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 11:06AM
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summery
Looks to me like what's generally listed by estate agents in the UK and Ireland as a "Victorian villa" - am I correct? Or a farmhouse? Scotland? In any case, N American style faux shutters would look totally wrong. But, you can do a lot with climbing roses, clematis, etc (best to avoid ivy and Virginia creeper, as they wreck the mortar) to soften the face of your lovely house, and I see some there already.

Depending on what your windows (new?) are made from, you might be able to paint them a more muted colour than bright white, and if you softened the colour of the front door, it might reduce the contrast between bright paints and drab-ish stone.

I actually don't think your home looks stark at all, but just very handsome, and very much appropriate for its age and style. Is that your outdoor manege? Lucky!
    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 11:11AM
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megen20
Nice house reminds me of the french Italian style, add shutters and that's it.

Great. I like the 1st one. Poplar trees, shutters and a lick of paint. Thanks
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adivra
Haven't read all the posts, but I think all it needs is a landscape refresh.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 11:19AM
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Margo
A small change would be to add a couple benches and a few potted plants to make a courtyard out front;)
1 Like    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 11:21AM
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u06jgg
summery
Looks to me like ...

Yes, in Scotland the shutters are on the inside or they would rot and fall off, and this still has the originals. Its a Manse, the property a minister would be given when resident to the church (which is across the road and converted). Victorian.. probably. The windows are new with wood sash. Thanks.
    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 11:25AM
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North Star Stone
A stone wrap around the lower portion of the lower half of the house would be beautiful and give it more dimension. It's hard to tell in the picture- is it stucco on the back of the house? You could easily add a stone veneer, without needing structural support. A covered porch off the front door, or deck off the back patio, or even a wraparound would also be beautiful with the home.
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u06jgg
North Star Stone, love the idea of a porch. What is a wraparound?
    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 1:34PM
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Dar Eckert
Stucco would help immensely and shutters.
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summery
@ u06jgg - thought so! I'm from Scotland originally - I don't recognize your house, or anything, just recognize the style (and the sunny weather for the time of year, sigh).
    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 6:51AM
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