VizX Design Studios, LLC


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3D Concept Design, Outdoor Living Design, Pool Design, Design Consultations, Material Selection, Patio Design, Pergola Design, Retaining Wall Design, Outdoor Kitchen Design, Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire pit Design, Landscape Lighting Design, Water-feature Design, Ponds, Waterfall Design, Unilock Paving and Walls, Belgard Paving and Walls, Kichler Lighting, Hadco Lighting, Unique Lighting, Aquascape Ponds

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Anywhere in the world! We will travel to you!

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VizX Design Studios LLC is the preferred 3D Outdoor Living & Home Improvement Design Firm. Our design Studio will work with you in order to realize a rich, innovative, enticing visual experience “while giving” you the power to control your project from start to finish. At VizX Design Studios, our experienced design team is tremendously creative and constantly striving to evolve and remain ahead of the industry.

Our specialty ranges from Swimming Pools, Outdoor Kitchens, Paver Patio’s, Decks and Ponds. We have designers for your basic pool to your ultra luxury outdoor living space. With our unique upload center you can upload your project information directly to us. For our more hands on clients we have a Signature Series Design Service, our designer will come to you, for a minimal cost! Hope to see you soon!

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any”. Alice Walker

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2013 - Design Award from Structure Studios
2012 - Design Award from Structure Studios
2011 & 2012 - Outdoor Living Design Articles for Pool Life Magazine.
2012 - Outdoor Living Articles for Lowes Pros
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700 Commerce Dr. Suite 500
Oak Brook, IL 60523 
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I'm sure a skilled designer would be a great help. But I love your cobblestones! I don't see any buckling, but if it's hard to walk on (or use furniture on) I suppose it could be improved. When you (or designer) figure out how to get some cozy in there (pergola sounds great; also some landscaping along the open side, I would think), it's going to be a lovely place to spend the afternoon! And oh, the plants you can use! In New England (US), our clivias are all indoor!
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Having a landscape design done of your outdoor living space is your best option. We can get a better idea of how much space you need and what you are going to do with it. We also work with a huge amount of products for walls, plants, lighting, paving.
July 20, 2014 at 6:57pm   
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I love Darzy's idea but it does require a new retaining wall.
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I would love to see the whole area. Can you take more pictures? Moving the retaining wall is a really good idea. Small spaces really need to be designed well. There is a lot more space in a small area than you think.
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@socal contractor, thank you for the vote of confidence on the yellow. I know it's always a matter of preference, but so many people said no to my idea of yellow! Do you recommend a specific shade of yellow that would go nicely with the light greige especially? It pops with the dark grey but want it to show nicely with the other too! Also, was thinking of trying a couple of walls in a charcoal colour for contrast?.....thanks so much for your time!!
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Very nice house. I agree with everybody about changing the door color to the same as the shutters. Have you looked into landscaping the front yard though? The landscaping will really bring out the style and color of the house.
July 16, 2014 at 6:43pm   
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I think a black door would look great!
July 18, 2014 at 9:06pm   
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What are you trying to do? What type of design are you looking for?
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I like to cover the windows with wood
July 17, 2014 at 5:21am   
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Are you looking to hire a landscape designer or are you just looking for ideas?
July 16, 2014 at 6:39pm   
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All of our properties are listed at VRBO and they are a good source for getting your rental in front of the public since they are the top vacation rental website for advertising your property. My job is to make VRBO work for the property. I field all the inquiries that come in via those sites. I modify the sites with pertinent information (especially seasonal headlines,) keep calendars updated, post photos when owners or guests make them available, and I receive all the inquiries which I field for the owner, doing the booking, receiving the payments and managing deposit refunds and customer service, keeping the housekeeper's calendar and schedule updated and working with that staff, interfacing with maintenance people and pest services, etc. I am generally the owner's eyes, ears and hands, and they don't have to worry with all the little details or even interface with the guests or staff. Two of the properties have independent websites as well. All the inquiries forward to me and the owner gets a quarterly report on each property. I do not have my own website, as my clients come via word of mouth or via guests who have properties and enjoyed their experience booking with me. If you'd like to discuss with me privately, just contact me by making an inquiry as though you were a potential guest and identify yourself from this dilemma post. www.vrbo.com/113589. Look forward to hearing from you to exchange more information.
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Try researching landscape contractors/designers in your area. Call and ask if they can come out and give you a cost estimate. They will usually come out for free. Some designers charge a fee to come out and this is reasonable if they give you ideas and suggestions.

I don't know if you hid your ideabooks or just don't have any but start one and look for fence privacy, flowering plants, paving styles that you like, etc.. from your area. You can show the idea book to the designer and contractor and they will understand your style.
July 17, 2014 at 12:08pm   
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I think this Rain Xchange System should be in every home in the world. Water harvesting is the way to go. You can reuse the water for washing cars, flushing toilettes and watering plants. If they are installed during the build process it would be a lot cheaper have done. http://www.rainxchange.com
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I guess I would have to say nothing. I have insurance on my home and belongings. But there is not much you can do to survive damages from tornadoes. A safe place underground or in the basement would be the only options. I'm not near the water, so flooding would have to be the 40 day 40 night kind. I suppose if the Yellowstone Caldera blows I then may be living near the water........I'll deal with that later.
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I saw a TV show where they did a streamlined shape on a building on a Scottish island. It was extremely windy, but the side of the house facing the wind was narrower, and the roof was curved.
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Mathew Izzo has the right idea. Why in the world is the builder thinking he has to cut to the roof? Your best bet is to keep the A frame style roof.
July 15, 2014 at 4:04pm   
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That makes sense.
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If anything....you certainly have a great base color for the idea you're trying to achieve. That green is perfect! If you look online for "Craftsman" color palettes, that shade is always in there. Robust Earthy tones every time!
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I agree that the shutters need to go, keep it simple. cant wait to see the progress photos!
July 17, 2014 at 10:37am   
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I would love to design the outdoor living for your house. The concept is amazing. Who was the designer?
July 15, 2014 at 3:58pm   
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I would love to work with you on that. Where are you located? You can contact our office for more information on what we do. If you are out state we have a reasonable travel deposit, we schedule about 8 to 10 days out for travel arrangements.
July 15, 2014 at 5:30pm   
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Yikes, that hillside garden is a mess, I can see why you want help! Check out our projects for some inspiration!
July 15, 2014 at 5:43pm   
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That house is a beauty. Love the colors!
July 15, 2014 at 6:48pm   
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The small the area the more options you have. Cabell Design Studio has all of the right ideas too. I love it!
July 15, 2014 at 4:52pm     
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It seems like you are looking to do something with found objects (ie door) I had a client that wanted to put a screen up along the edge of her property with found objects that she roped/wired together. It was a very interesting wall to look at. See pic for explanation. She used pieces of canvas, metal, and artwork.
July 15, 2014 at 8:10pm     
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Patricia Colwell
Is that your building if so paint it to begin with, if not maybe ask your neighbor if he minds if you paint it. I think some ivy on that biulding on lattice would soften the wall then some mixed borders in curves out from the wall some taller at the back and mostly perrenials to cut back on upkeep, a patio area at the bottom of the steps large enough for BBQ and table and chairs with colorful umbrella This pic is also a really nice idea for against the building. The other is just a patio idea.
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Or a navy blue color that is along the same tones as the siding.
July 15, 2014 at 4:47pm   
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Your house looks perfect to me. If you want to change go with a dark grayish color. It will really match the color of your roof.
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What type of style are you trying to achieve? And do you have a limited set of shutter colors to pick from? If you want something traditional, you could go with black shutters/red door or red shutters/black door. I personally love a more natural color palette, so I'd go with a lighter sage green or taupe for the shutters and a natural wood stained door. You could also go with white or black shutters, and that will allow you to play with the door color and change it several times if you'd like. James Hardie has a color visualizer on their website - you can't use your exact house, but you can pick a similar style and then play around with accent colors.
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Thanks for all the great ideas! I love the idea of charcoal gray for the shutters. This would give me many options for the front door color. I am also having fun playing with the James Hardie color visualizer!
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You have a ton of space for a really nice outdoor living space. It really depends on what you are looking for. Do you want a paver patio or an outdoor living space?
July 15, 2014 at 3:27pm     
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I would contact a licensed arborist to look at that tree. There is a big void in it which may have compromised its integrity. If there are limbs hanging over the house, I would suggest trimming out any dead wood, too. I live in a house in a yard with many tall century oak trees and we have a tree trimmer come nearly every year to check on the health of our trees. Some are worth keeping; others are not worth saving. Be smart and listen to the professionals!
July 18, 2014 at 11:11am   
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What a beautiful home!! I'd have a professional landscaper design the space, and determine whether or not the tree can be saved. It really is beautiful!
July 18, 2014 at 11:16am   
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A more inviting walkway and some landscaping to guide visitors to the front door would be ideal.
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Can you post a few more pictures? Take more of the whole area in different positions.
July 15, 2014 at 8:01am   
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its eco friendly and a good source of natural light which is hard to get into a basement anyway. I really like the idea, the placement is just unforgiving in this application. No mirrors, you may blind yourself or start a fire lol.
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That does not seem that Eco friendly to me. The energy savings you get from having some natural light, won't come close to the energy used to heat and cool the space, now that you have removed the insulating dirt from that wall and opened it up for heat exchange.
July 15, 2014 at 10:48am   
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I agree with Patricia. Just leave them. You are so high up nobody is looking in.
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Such a great view I would leave it open. But if you need sun protection I would add a simple UV shade that disappears into the thin track.
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Yes, the sun can get quite intense in the morning so I will definitely need some sort of UV shade. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment. It's very much appreciated.
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Look really nice. I would have added some larger shrubs in the front area by the natural stones. Taxus or Boxwoods would do the job.
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Ironic since we would have suggested a much better technically designed pond that would take care of itself without all the annual cleaning, filters etc.
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Very nice looking sunroom. The floors can be sanded and refinished. As for the sunroom you can add some sliding blinds to control the heat from the sunlight.
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don't paint the wood frame / around the windows, do prime and paint the wall white and definitely refinish the floor you have - tile will be too bright / loud w glass. Add fabric shade or blinds - might be too hot now for summer, but come winter you will love the passive heat. Add low, sleek thru wall ac if blinds don't achieve goal - what is your climate? definitely don't roof - fixes for climate control are less cost/ will look great
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All of the research that I did showed a stone fireplace with a wood mantle. Most of them used reclaimed wood too.
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You are in the perfect stage to hire a landscape designer. Georgian landscape designs can be tradition and also modern depending on your styles. They use a lot of green style plants and shrubs. Water features are also a must too.
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Your climate is perfect for the habitats we create since wildflowers thrive along our waters in mild climates. Verdant meadows just fit with Ireland. My feeling is a preponderance of rock and mulch that we see in the US would not fit here. Of course our preference is no mulch and rock only where it makes sense ecologically.


I see a meandering stream here instead of still water. The vast majority of landscape streams do not look natural to us. Be very selective of your designer to get the real look that you see in natural settings in Ireland. Words are cumbersome. our photos on houzz and on google+ may speak better : www.tiny.cc/ponds
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Really nice! I love the cabinets and counter top.
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Tiles and the cooker are beaut!
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nice love white cabinets
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Being that it is asphalt I think it looks ok. You will see those lines on new paved streets too. The paving machine cannot get the whole drive at once. So they do some areas by hand, then either roll or tamp it.
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Ya...I'm just nervous that it will look worse than it looks now if it is "ironed out"
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I agree that the lines/indentations are not acceptable. My guess would be that "ironing it out" means heating the area and re-rolling it...? And yes, I would allow them to attempt that as a first step. If it didn't make a significant difference I would ask for a discount or a repair.
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Thank you Margie!
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Well done!
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It's hard to see the whole area in your picture. Can you post more pictures. Your best option would be to hire a landscape designer to help you out.
July 13, 2014 at 7:31pm   
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You definitely need an architect to solve this one. I think your porch roof would have to come off of your existing roof. Interested to see what architects/builders here on houzz have to say.


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Thank you for the great idea!
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You can do a cherry color stain. It will really make your area pop.
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Those driveways are really close. You can put a metal fence just to break up the look. It will still be see through but it will help separate both properties. You can also place pillars with lights in them every 8 to 16 feet.
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In this link scroll down until you see the row of trees...that's my idea http://www.thisgrandmothersgarden.com/2010/09/sunbeams-kissing-air.html
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Thanks guys
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Add lots of flowering plants, most of them shorter than the existing shrubbery, choose long blooming varieties and make sure they span all seasons. In the short term, choose annuals. They can help you with your color scheme.
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Those rocks and box store walls need to go asap. Your house is perfect for natural stone steps, walls, with a stone tile walkway. You should hire a landscape designer to make sure you get it right. You need a lot more color in the flower beds. If you have any money eft over you can address the driveway with either concrete or pavers.
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You have an amazing front entrance way. You can hire a landscape designer to help with the plans and layout of the area. They will be able to help with the hardscaps and the plants.
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Think variety and for sure color! Find some big potted planters to put on each side of the steps if you have enough room. As for the planter space you already have, go with lots of color. Hopefully this picture gives some inspiration. Good luck with everything, hope this helps!
July 14, 2014 at 7:07am     
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This is really easy. Cut the deal and find another builder. That house is not yours until you close on the deal. If they do not respect you as a client move on. You should not have to go out of your way when you are spending your hard earned money. Harsh but real. If you are having this much trouble on the build, what do you think is going to happen on warranty calls?
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Brian, this is about taking an active role, yes, but understanding the sequence of things so you don't get hung up on tile when he is talking framing. . Ask him to connect you to the person in his office (often called a coordinator or purchasing agent) who is responsible for procurement. Ask for a meeting between the three of you. You want to be able to work closely with them.
Eventually, separately with that person, review a master list and I suggest you (once you have the allowances you can deduct) make a list of finish materials you want to pick out and will be supplying and ask the coordinator for estimated delivery dates when he needs them.
Discuss how the coordinator will present and get approval for the remaining materials and colors that they will source - but you will select/approve and discuss selection time frames for those . ..
there is a good way you can work together, but you will need to be in full on procurement mode . fireplace going in is probably not the tile, it is probably the shape / scale / framing and cladding - where tile goes is important, what is the firebox scale / and so forth - that is why he wants a picture . . he is just going to get the shape right at this point. tile and mantel won't happen for awhile . .

If you can get to be friends with the coordinator in his office who buys materials, they will answer the schedule questions for you and you can work with them closely to manage the finishes. .
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OH my how did we get mixed up with that guy. He said my flooring allowance was $ 3 sf. After seeing a couple homes he had already built with wood floors and tile baths he said nope I don,t use tile I use linoleum and $2 sf laminate.
What a winner, there is no difference between a bad contractor and a thief in this case. He tried to use your excitement of the new home hoping you would just not question what he was saying and empty you wallet so he didn't have to and it becomes profit for a winter trip to Spain. Con man no different than any other except a pretty large scale. It's no wonder after a back ground check we find six law suits with him the defendant.
Needless to say we dropped him and the project like a hot potato.
He broke the contract so many times and with the witnesses and phone messages we have getting our earnest money back will not be a problem. I'm just glad the damage was kept to just lost time embarrassment and disgust. What a .......
Thanks for your advice
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Hiring a designer is one of the most important processes a homeowner can do. It is a highly overlooked process that could save thousands for dollars of mistakes. The designer can lay out a master plan for the future, which can save time and money by keeping the design flow with each area.
When hiring a designer you want to make sure your styles and taste agree with each other. Most of us bill by the hour. Designers can do everything from helping with ideas and brainstorming to coordinating the contractors and materials. Designers become your liaison.
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The yellow siding is kind of brilliant in the shade, because it brings its own "sunlight." Are you asking about a larger entry landing sort of patio? The chippendale railings elevate the small ranch . .love them, though they seems to be a different color than the trim now. If they were bright white, I think this is lovelier with planting in front of the windows and the small landing . . if you were making a patio in the back, you might try the chippendale pattern with brick . . it would fit right in. .

In fact the only thing I don't like here is I would like to see a coordinating front door. A shiny black would be terrific, or charcoal / medium gray, or bright red.
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That patio size should be based on how you would use it. You can have a designer come out to help you put it all together. Once you get a master plan that fits your taste then you can start budgeting for each project.
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Very nice!!
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Looks really nice. What are huge change.
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About once or twice a year I will set up a tent in the backyard so we can all camp out. I also do it in the basement a lot if times too.
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I believe if you make the backyard fun enough it might be able to substitute a vacation
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When I constructed the Tiki Bed, we only had one bedroom, and so when guests came we slept in it. We also chose to sleep there often, watching the fog roll up and down the mountainsides was so cool.
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I agree with decoenthusiaste the house looks perfect. The driveway needs to be addressed more than anything.
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Thank you all for the suggestions!! (My apologies for not replying sooner. We have been away from home camping this last week!) I appreciate all the input. I will give some thought to all the ideas and see what I can come up with. Thanks so much!!
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Can you stand back and post some more pictures. From what you posted it is hard to comprehend the neighbors driveway because we can't see it now.
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Thanks guys, I will get more pics.
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Connect the lower area to the top step of the higher deck. Make it a walkway between the 2. You'll have 1 step up to the higher deck. You could widen the walkway and smaller deck so it will accommodate a couple of chairs and maybe a small table.
July 10, 2014 at 6:57pm     
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That should be really easy to pull off. Keep the landing off of the house then build a new deck at the same elevation of the top step. You can also move the direction of the decking steps to exit out in to the back yard.
July 10, 2014 at 8:42pm   
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What a fun Mid Century house - great curb appeal once we get the colors right. Even the tones of the brick and stone match, which we often don't see. We definitely want to banish the red. The golds and off-whites and warm grays in the stone are your palette, and then we can play with contrast on the exposed beam ends and maybe pop a contrast on the front door.

To let the geometry of this read out - here is what I would do - mix gold based tans and warm gray trim -
on all the siding - test sw macadamia = this is a gold based tan that will blend in and let the textures of the stone read out - do the garage the same because of the way the front siding and garage are book matched . . http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6142-macadamia/
For trim square around the windows, entry door, face of the fascia - you want this deep warm gray sw anonymous http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7046-anonymous/

The eave itself needs to be lighter than the siding and contrast with the dark trim - use this lighter shade of macadamia - sw softer tan - http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6141-softer-tan/
on a house exterior - even under the eaves , it will read as a creamy off white that matches some of the stone . .

if you have any on the left, (can't see from here) you could paint siding in the recess to the entry door in this lighter color (I can't see the starting and stopping point but you would need a good one) so you brought more light in there. I've also seen people use a solartube just over the entry door so you bring more natural light into / spotlight the actual front door despite its recess. It helps to front light the area so you don't see into the house as well when you have a lot of glass in the recess ..

Finally, the beam across the face of the garage and its partners out on the face of the house - they need not to be the same colors as the other elements - they need to read out. So for just those elements - the beam along its length over the garage and the beam ends on the front of the house, go deeper with sw porpoise http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7047-porpoise/ -

You could use the porpoise tone on the front door or go even one shade deeper in a high gloss - sw urbane bronze http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW7048-urbane-bronze/
July 10, 2014 at 7:19pm     
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