To simplify the look of this house and enhance its curb appeal, we painted the foundation and the lattice under the porch, and functional items like banding boards, downspouts and vents in the wall color. All of them were previously painted white, attracting too much attention. We also changed the color of the front door to a rich brown, and the color of the front steps and porch to a coordinated tan.
This house is a story of color placement and attention to detail. Look at the downspouts on the roof. They used to be white, but we made them disappear by painting them a color matched to the roof. All the utilitarian details like pipes were treated the same way so you can see the house as a whole, instead of individual elements. We even painted part of the down spout to disappear into the wall, and part to disappear into the brick. We're picky about such details!
All the banding boards and downspouts were painted in the wall color and the white trim was matched to the pre-finished white windows and doors to create a simple, unified impression. Later in the project, the large white garage doors were painted in the wall color to reduce their prominence.
Note that the lower section of the center downspouts were painted to match the stain of the handicap ramp so that they would disappear and not conflict with the focal front door. Also, the foundation of this manufactured home was painted with the siding to create unity and make it look more custom. How you treat unattractive or utilitarian details is crucial, and usually the best solution is camouflage.
Notice the two colors on the downspout. Where it crosses the white trim, it's painted in the trim color. Where it crosses the wall, it's painted in the wall color, as is the cabinet that hides the utility boxes. We always try to camouflage functional items, and we're picky about details.
Most people treat garage doors like the rest of the trim on their house and paint them in the same accent color. That happened with this house, too. When we first saw the doors, they were painted white, totally dominating the side of the house that greets visitors. But think about it: the garage is just where cars live. They're a huge space that doesn't deserve the attention. The solution for this house, and what we recommend, is to paint garage doors with the wall color and put them in their place. This is...
Cosmetic repairs to a cupola with dry rot. Repairs included digging out the rotted material and filling the spaces with an epoxy patch, sanding, caulking cracks and priming. These steps take time and skill, but this beautiful cupola now has a new lease on life.