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Your house look pretty as is. It is mid-April, so you don't want to wait too long to get it on the market. Most people want to close before September if they have children.

Are you thinking of redoing the pink bath? Changing out the brass for chrome? Get a frameless shower door. Take down the towel hook by the shower. replacing tile with granite? I'd go white: Master Bathroom Retreat. Keep the window treatments and paint the room a light green. JMA and Bathroom Remodel.
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houssaon
You might want to have a professional take the listing photos. Don't think you have to photograph every single room either. Take the best.
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I have rented a storage area- did declutter a lot.. Any things glare out at you?now, I am ready to get rid of anything else- Will put extra money in so it goes quickly. I get improvements at cost, so if it will separate this from another, I'm in. Have to live here, but, AM RECEPTIVE TO ALL REMOVAL AT THIS POINT! DON'T WANT IT SITTING, HAVE ANOTHER HOUSE TO GET RID OFF COME JUNE 1- it's been hell, to whine, single mom, MS, buried in houses, can't physically handle this incredible big house! lucky for an 18 year old with lots of friends to get stuff in storage1 thank you thank you
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When in doubt paint neutral. Take out anything personal ( family photos etc). A bright pink bath could be enough to dissuade a non creative prospect.
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Love this house and paint colors included
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houssaon
Good suggestions from Lampert Dias Architects, Inc. as well as some others. It wouldn't take much to add trim and new style windows to make it look like a craftsman. I like the earthy colors suggested. Here are some other options: Shaughnessy Traditional and Custom Mountain Craftsman 1. I like the simple windows with dark brown sashes on this house: Custom Mountain Craftsman 2.

Concerning the landscaping, you have some nice plants now, but they could benefit from being relocated - especially the reddish small tree or bush by the door.
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houssaon
You could put two comfortable chairs a table and lamp in front of the French doors, the ones with brown curtains. The sofa could stay where it is or move to that area opposite the chairs.

Another layout would be to put a sofa on the wall that has the TV now and put the TV on the opposite wall. I think the space will feel larger with this arrangement.

If you paint the French doors black, paint the door black, too. Maybe even the trim. Hang the drapes at the level of the door top. The existing rod is too long.
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Thank you Libradesigneye for your advices. Definitely food for thought. I love the idea of putting a padded bench on the wall and seats across, will definitely try that. The colour scheme is very attractive too but my partner is leaning towards a more black and white theme (since we've painted the living room walls in white). The exact colour of it is Resene Half Rice Cake. I've never thought of charcoal instead of black, very interesting, I will actually look into that too.

About hanging the TV to the right of the wood burner, I wish we could do that. However when I light the fire, the whole flu will be heated and it would be too hot for the TV..
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Jessica Pham
I love the Highland Lake House Kitchen
, can anyone please tell me if the walls are in a light wash or it's the colour of the wood? This Lake House is so pretty it might persuade me to keep the pine panelling...

On the other hand, Benjamin Moore white dove is a beautiful colour too. Should I paint the cabinets the same colour as the kitchen walls or should I paint it a few shades darker/brighter? Also do the kitchen wall paint and cabinet paint have to be in gloss finish? or semi gloss? or it can be matte?

your help is very much appreciated.
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houssaon
Either black or the trim color for the shutters. For another option, how about a light gray?

Unless your front door is wood stained, I would paint it the same color as the side-lights. With the window in it, there is not much of a wood surface, so all one color for door and side-lights has more of an impact.
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mick50
Looks nice! The black shutters would still look great, unless you are tired of it. Then I'd go with a gray a couple shades lighter than the house. Brighter red on the door. Did you replace the roof or is the light just different?
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mick50
I wouldn't go with cream just because when I see white or cream shutters, they always liik dirty.
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houssaon
I think it looks good as is. Even the wall color is nice. I would try to keep the counter tops clear. You could add two colorful runners.
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peggyhuntersmith
Try my knobs.com. Just refreshed my kitchen which needed over 100!!! Knobs. Who knew? Had a great selection, well priced and name brands. They also had a nice selection of appliance hardware, which the big box stores did not have. I agree with the comment on the lights. New ones would really update things.
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cmra2013
What type of pendent do you think would look good? (: my style is really modern / transitional. Do you think pendants in that style would look good, like the ones I attached below? (:
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houssaon
It is hard to tell what is what in your photos. I'm assuming the large green gray sample is the cabinet finish. Since it has such strong lines in it I would not go with either the small square pattern or the random tile. I would use larger rectangles or a subway tile.

Here are cabinets that have a similar finish: Black Residence. These white-washed cabinets have a simple back splash: Darien Beach House
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ericafunnn
Actually, the grey is the floor sample. But thank you :)
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houssaon
I've seen parquet flooring in a dark stain that looked very nice. Maybe replacing the floor is one expense you can avoid. living room. A white or light gray stain would look good, too. Modular Sofa 01421
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Wow Xulon (Chris)... thanks for the upgraded rating... I'm not worthy! haha
As long as you're pitching for a trip to the big city, we could produce the floor in a custom PREFINISHED format and save vpbarreras $$$ on some of those tools you've got her buying... lol
I'll even go with you to act as guide, having worked there.
There are definitely some "nuances" to working in & around the Apple.
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Thank you, gentlemen, for the offers! Once I have the quote for flooring, I'll reach out to you and let's see if the above ideas make sense. It would make a great story!
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houssaon
You could also use perennial plants that die back in the fall to cover the foundation. If you put stone on the side go up at least as high as the top of the windows. I would also add some stone as a landing in the asphalt to announce the entry more.
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houssaon
Another option would be to go up below the bottom of the upper windows and replace the clapboards with board and batten siding.
April 9, 2014 at 7:56am   
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kristinst
What a great idea. thank you!
April 9, 2014 at 7:56am   
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houssaon
You don't have to put anything up in that space. Hester. Or you could put fake plants in really attractive containers: Model Home - The Wyndermere 1, Model Home - The Wyndermere 2.
April 9, 2014 at 7:29am   
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jn3344
This comes up periodically in design dilemmas.

The consensus generally is to pretend the shelf is not there. That is, no fake plants, no plaster Venus statues, etc. A properly sized painting or other flat art piece can be hung on the wall above the platform.

Good luck!
April 9, 2014 at 7:33am     
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houssaon
I noticed the door to the dining room right away and wondered why. Then a noticed the second full bath, which is great for a couple who need to get ready for work at the same time. But I also thought that the dining room could serve a dual purpose as a guest room if you added a movable divider between it and the living room. Then a dining table could go next to the kitchen.

I would not get a bed with a foot-board. It takes up precious space. You could just have a frame and no head-board. That is the way I have my bed and I hang a quilt on the wall. Wall paper would look good on that wall as well: Todd Davis Architecture and Bedroom.

I like the dark color of this wall which has a TV mounted on it: San Francisco Urban Studio.

I would also avoid sectionals. They are not flexible enough. A small sofa and two comfortable chairs would be the best option. An ottoman could replace a coffee table and give you room to put your feet up.
April 8, 2014 at 3:57pm   
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lrhicks
Think small scale for furniture - a love seat instead of a sofa and a couple of comfy chairs with clean lines. End tables and even wall mounted lamps can give you the feel of more floor space. Multi-function pieces are good - an armoire than can double as an entertainment unit, extra storage, etc.
I would place the sofa on the longest wall of the living room and put two chairs in, facing each other on either side of the sofa. Keep to solid colors for the furnishings and add pattern with pillows and artwork. Mirrors are good for bouncing light and giving the feeling of more space.
Don't be afraid to shop yard sales and second hand stores. You can often find better quality pieces that just need some time and attention to make them shine!
April 8, 2014 at 5:36pm   
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paskal29
Thanks everyone for your replies. Would anyone be willing to sketch out a layout and post it here? I have a clean modern/organic style. The apartment has light bamboo floors and I like natural colors - blue/green ocean, sand, and wood colors. I also like accents of turquoise and deep purple. Thanks!
April 9, 2014 at 9:03am   
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houssaon
I would paint the walls gray. Amherst Gray HC-167 by Benjamin Moore, Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray AC-27, and Benjamin Moore Gray Owl 2137-60 are good contenders.

I painted my dining room Benjamin Moore Storm and love it!

The furniture seems to be too wide apart. Could you move the TV to the area next to the fireplace? Then you could arrange your furniture something like this: EGR Classic. Bring the sofas closer together and have the two chairs on the same side.
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chemayne
Once the tan goes on the walls, the striking blue of the carpet will be proportionate to the blue furniture.

The suggestion to move the sofas to face each other is very good. Can the tv go into the corner where the wingback currently is? If this is possible, group the furniture around the FP. The chairs can sit at the far end of the sofas angled inwards.

Some coffee tables ideas to match the FP surround
Olivia Cocktail Table
Louisa Coffee Table
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You might like the rugs we have at furnishedup.com
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houssaon
Painting it the same color as the wall and adding a console table as OMNIA Group Architects and other suggested will do the trick. Also, a runner on the stairs, artwork on the wall opposite the front door and a rug on the floor in the entry will tie the space together.
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Katie Gooding
Also, sometimes they air returns get a bit grungy. Try cleaning it and if it is dented or banged up it is easy and inexpensive to replace just measure it up and head to Home Depot. It might not look great, but it would look better if it's in good condition.
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It looks like it might be upside-down too. If you can see through it from standing in front of it, it is upside down. It can definitely get something in front of it, just leave 4-5 inches of space for air to flow around it. You might notice you have to dust that area more often as that is drawing air from the room into it, so be careful to put something in front that is easy to clean.
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houssaon
Starting with the main area with the kitchen. I would do a sand color in a matte finish on the walls and a white on the ceiling. I recommend matte since it is washable, doesn't reflect light or show imperfections. Use flat on the ceiling since it is cheaper than matte. Looks like a finish with a sheen was used on the ceiling and you can see the lines.

Here are some possibilities: Benjamin Moore- Sherwood Tan, Mesa Verde Tan ac-33 Benjamin Moore or Shaker Beige HC-45 by Benjamin Moore.

The room with red walls might look good in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC 172 or a darker shade, Chelsea Gray (HC 168) Benjamin Moore. For the craft rood, white might be the best. The go to white on Houzz is White Dove OC-17 by Benjamin Moore.

The rooms that have no windows can be made happier with large colorful framed posters on the walls. Good luck!
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sally78
Yellow. It works in an area with less natural light. Makes it cheerful and makes you happy to use the space.

Happy Decorating!
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Can you get tube lights all the way in the basement? Would be nice, but I don't think it's where the money is going to go in the house. I have years of other areas to fix up first (hello, kitchen!) but paint is something that can get done right away.
April 10, 2014 at 6:05am   
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houssaon
I hate paper, too. So much so, I feel like a paper hoarder, I can't seem to let go of it.
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Well, if you looked at my filing system, you'd realize I don't have the answer. But I do have a suggestion. I have controlled the inflow of paper by aggressively removing our household from mailing lists. I call, email, write to every organization I can. It takes time but has definitely produced results. Some days I get only one first class letter. However, I'm still challenged by organizing the things that do come in. Sometimes time is my friend. If it hangs around long enough, it outdates and becomes easy to throw away.
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Maybe someone has already suggested this, how about getting a scanner to scan to papers that you need to keep, either keep record of them in the scanner, or on a disk, then write what is on the disk on the disk its self. Go through old receipts, and throw them out. There is no time nor need for all the free papers and magazines we get, since we have the internet to find whatever we want. I look at them briefly, and a couple of days or so later I throw them out, if I had no interest or time to look at them up again. You can also scan childrens' art and keep it on a disk and refer to it anytime you want, (ooops ;0(!, which reminds me, I think I need to get the little scanner out, because I have some scanning of the little ones to do.)
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houssaon
I think your curtains are hung too low. Try moving them up as high as you can so that the hem just about touches the carpeting. (You still might need to hem them.) You can add curtain weights to make them hang straighter. While I think the curtains in this link are a bit short, you can see the difference using weights makes: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kyb3jtwqSB8/Udb-SLadwhI/AAAAAAAAF_U/4SxAfJdEwdE/s1600/Curtain+Weights.jpg. Take a look.

About the door. It appears to not have a frame around it or the frame has been painted the wall color. That makes it look a bit strange, so even if you paint the door, I think it will not look right. Try painting the trim white first.
April 7, 2014 at 4:05pm     
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catus1
hello again, I am thinking painting the inside of the door white along with the walls, not a hospital white, you might want to if you have a swatch of the rug to the paint store to see what looks good, and put the swatches of paint in the wall to see how they look in the dark and in the light, then on the door there are decorative inserts, maybe paint a inside trim. I am not sure how the insert is designed, nothing overbearing , just a narrow line, you can tape the wood to keep it straight. just a suggestion
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Thanks so much for your comments and ideas, everyone! You have given me some things to think about. The windows definitely need something on them to help with keeping the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter as our house is from the 1950's (and the sunroom was an addition...I'm not sure from which decade.) The windows are horizontal slats that fold in/out with a crank handle...not beautiful double pane glass windows unfortunately. I do agree about hemming the bottom of the curtains and using the weights so they are more neat and airy--unfortunately they can't be hung any higher because the ceiling is angled, so the ones in the low corner are as high as they can go. Regarding colors, my goal was not to make this look like a typical sun room with spring colors and rattan furniture, rather a warm, calming space that just happened to have a lot of light and a lovely view of our backyard. I do agree that I need to create some definition and find ways to incorporate other colors to break up the shades of tan. Keep the ideas coming. :)
April 8, 2014 at 6:43am     
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houssaon
All of the great examples that rinqreation initially used had edging, although one not all around. I think it makes sense to have edging, either black or white. This might also help with the installation, since the positioning of the pattern can bee better controlled with more or less edging. One other thing to consider. Use black grout with black edging and white grout with white so that the edging looks like a solid piece. Compare "Clarkson Valley Residence" to "Tuxedo Road" to see the difference.
April 7, 2014 at 3:45pm     
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sally78
Sorry, I said "white" thinking "light colored"…. Of course, trim and baseboards should be the same color and cream will be lovely. Sorry to not be more exact...
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Thank you. I'll send a picture of completed hall when finished
April 7, 2014 at 8:47pm     
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Houzz Tour: Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne

Dedication and a keen eye turn a neglected eyesore into the jewel of its Atlanta neighborhood Full Story
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houssaon
Great house and remarkable transformation. Love the colors of the exterior as well as the gray on gray of the kitchen.
April 7, 2014 at 3:36pm     
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amvanman
ravensmom13 What a great story! It sounds like you've put lots of love in the house but you've given us a great illustration of
what it really looks like to love an old house. You pick up the pieces and put things back together but you also realize that just like most things in life, houses evolve and need to adapt to an ever changing world. The part I love most is your acceptance of the fact that whoever gets the house will put their stamp on it. It reminds me of how someone once told me that when we give something to someone we have to release any expectations and conditions we may want to place on the it otherwise it isn't a gift. I have a feeling whoever gets your family home will be getting a real gift and enjoy lots of love there because you've given them the blessing to fill it with themselves!
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Truly spectacular!
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houssaon
I like the tan color that Margo recommended. You can get something similar in the brand paint available to you. A very light and soft buttery yellow would look good with your funiture: Chatfield Design. How about these sandy shades: Residential or Island Residence
April 7, 2014 at 7:39am     
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the other thing that matters when applying paint is texture, i.e. whether you go with latex, semi gloss, gloss.....the same colour will look different depending on which you use.
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I sending to you
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houssaon
Love that color. Here are some shades from Benjamin Moore. Consider a matte finish on the walls the color will be truer and it is washable. I like mermaid green. (How could you not with a name like that?)
April 7, 2014 at 7:24am     
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You need to go MUCH LIGHTER!!! There is a chic mint green that is trendy right now, and that isn't it....I would look at, http://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6743-mint-condition/

Sherwin Williams SW 6743 Mint Condition, and then pop it with darker and fun accessories. If you go too dark on the walls, she will tire of it quicker, she can pair this lighter mint with many different color combos, orange, gray, yellow, navy, peach creams etc...Good Luck!
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Here is an image for SW 6743 Mint Condition :)
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houssaon
Both the red and white doors look attractive. The red catches your eye.

This looks so good! I would paint the frame around the door window red, too.
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Denita
Wow! You did a great job finishing this new home! It most definitely is warm and welcoming :)
April 11, 2014 at 5:48am     
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Quick123
Ouch. Remembering now, never got a mailbox up there. (The mailbox in photo. Graphically inserted ) where to order an affordable nice one to match the door hardware/light fix? Also, where to the numbers 619 go? On the mailbox or elsewhere? Stick on numbers or what?
April 11, 2014 at 6:30am   
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houssaon
I would do a warm gray on all of the trim and around the windows and do an earth red on the front door, like
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I would frame out the round post to make it a square column, paint it a light gray.
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houssaon
By the way the landscaping is very nice, just need some selective pruning.
April 6, 2014 at 7:08am     
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houssaon
Here is another option for front door and trim color:


If you do consider painting the brick, you could try painting the window frames and trim first. Personally that would be the choice I'd make. Attached is a mock of the colors I suggested earlier.
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I think the last group is the best as as far as the correct saturation. But, they are too brown.
There is a lot of green in the stone.

Some of the lighter ones above are too pink.

I like cathedral gray and equestrian.

Here is by guess about the BM paint color tool for exterior. Paint looks ligther outside. So, for example your Barren Plain looks rich inside, but outside, would just look washed out. Also, paint on a larger surface looks lighter.

So, my guess is they try to correct for this on the color exterior tool. But, maybe it is a little over-corrected?

Here is a photo using Briarwood, which is an actual exterior color. Can you try that one?

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wickedwhite
Wow.. I love the look of Briarwood. Seems really warm. I can't find it in the visualizer though. It doesn't appear to exist. Is it possibly discontinued? I did find something a little greener. It's a new colour this year.. called sparrow. What do you think?
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I like the wider tile.
April 6, 2014 at 7:56am   
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Love what you have picked. Great choices.
April 6, 2014 at 8:21am     
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kah416
Great picks! I love the floor tile and the accent tile!
April 6, 2014 at 8:30am     
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loves2read
But the house itself looks charming--
if you could get more cobbles might think bout doing that on the chimney--
would make an Irish cottage type effect...if you would like that...
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Vanessa Beardsley
Thanks for the thoughts. I'd like to stick to an Arts and Crafts era color, and so was trending toward those historic colors; what would make me happy would be some muted yellow but I don't think that will look good. Something that pulls in the stone color from the field stones, so trending grey or reddish would work best. The interior is fully restored and much is original including all original unpainted woodwork, and the interior paint colors are golds, muted pumpkins, and pale earth colors.
April 6, 2014 at 9:58am   
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houssaon
I would go with supper dark gray for the walls. If this is in the entry, it must be a very interesting home. I love it!
April 6, 2014 at 7:46am   
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I would cover 80% of it with a solid rug. Get a great light fixture.
April 11, 2014 at 6:39am     
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Am I seeing stairs on the left side of your picture? If so I think you need to consider how close the rug can be to the riser. You don't want anyone tripping on the edge of the rug. Also you don't want it curling up if everyone catches the edge as they step off of the tread onto the floor, and you have the floor vent to consider too. I LOVE Barnhart's mock-up of the calming solids. Use a "greige" wall color, the darker warm beige rug and lighter warm beige paint for the door. Pull the colors from the tile. It will look wonderful. Do Not Paint Or Tear Out That Tile! If you want to change out the ceiling light, keep it simple. A flush or semi-flush drum shade. Get some newspaper and make a template or use a sheet and fold it until the size looks balanced for the rug. It's going to look great! :)
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houssaon
A warm yellow on the walls: Overall. Chrome handles. This fern green would work: Lake Country Builders
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@abuterfli, yes, Photoshop.
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i painted the same exact cabinet. looks so much nicer now!
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houssaon
Duplicate post!
April 5, 2014 at 8:51pm     
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apr2013
Sorry, it is not by intention. For my first post, none has responded. Hence I posted second one. @ TanCalgal, window frames made by rosewood - pure yellowish in colour. Hence I will not paint it. What is the need - while the nature has provided me that colour.
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houssaon
When the posts and wood trim at ground level are painted, the stone will look better. But condomary is right, somewhere there is a specification about the stone. It is way too different and your choice is better.
April 5, 2014 at 8:51pm   
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Looks like wrong color and style; however I like it, but you have to be satisfied. Speak with the builder and have the rep. make a visit and bring samples of the stone you chose. Good luck.
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Don't tell me he used... "leftovers"... from another job
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houssaon
If you keep the red roof, a creamy yellow base would look good: Garage and Entry ro a tan: Lineberry Architectural Group.

You could co in the other direction with a olive brown: Caswell County Retreat. Or a dark gray like this brick home: The home of Wendy.

What are the colors of nearby homes?
April 5, 2014 at 8:46pm   
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@TanCalGal, yes roof is red tile.
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I'd choose an off white + beautiful front door in the rosewood + brown lanterns + urns on each side of the front door. Spanish Colonial 1

This style door would be attractive, too Spanish Colonial 2
April 6, 2014 at 7:54am   
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houssaon
Do you want to do the house in the same color?

Summer Harvest 206 Paint is part of the Designer Classics Collection.

Here it is with White Dove OC-17 by Benjamin Moore: From Kids to Quiet 1 and in a butler's pantry: From Kids to Quiet 2.
April 5, 2014 at 8:27pm   
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The light seems to get lost with the light buttery wall color. Can you go darker?

It is hard to hang artwork since the walls are curve. In this space they hung small prints: Circular staircase. Here is one with mirrors: Country Home - 07. A tapestry would work: Frisco Residence.

You could put something at the top of that stairs. Have you thought of wall paper?

A colorful runner would add a lot of interest: Living Rooms.
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owFotografik, I love your artworks in your page. Just the kind that I was looking for.
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I would do a runner. You might find a stripe or pattern that coordinates with the upper stairs. But the best look is to do the runner all the wall up both flights of stairs. If you decide to remove the carpet and go with a runner, you might find that there is no hardwood on the treads, So you might want to factor in that cost.
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Craig Morant
How about a sisal or a sisal looking runner? If not can you find a matching runner to the one you have now? If not I'd just find two new runners to use.
April 6, 2014 at 7:44am   
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ultraco
You could make a huge opening and keep part of the wall. However, you will lose the cabinet space.
April 5, 2014 at 7:55pm   
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houssaon
Has this house been opened up already? Rather strange to have a load bearing post in the middle of the floor, so I think that it has already been worked on. What is directly aboce the wall you want to take out?

I would rather keep it closed off as long as there is a place to eat adjacent to the kitchen on a daily basis. Not the dining room.
April 5, 2014 at 8:02pm   
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houssaon
I would paint the clapboards white. Remove the brick edging. Add foundation plantings and plants at the front of the walkway.. Look here and other websites for plant material suggestion.

Fairway Overlook 1 and Fairway Overlook 2.
April 4, 2014 at 10:11pm     
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This sort of looks like it could be a mini-Prairie style house. If you could do a stone veneer on each side of the garage, maybe at the entry as budget allows and incorporate a rustic stone edging in some rather flowing front beds, paint the recessed garage the brick color, and do maybe a light mossy green at the entry door (or surround, if veneer is not possible), it might work. Since you like to do your own harvesting, and have a tree in the front yard...could that done as be an apple tree rather than an ornamental? In new front beds, which you could curve incorporating the curve of the walkway, I'd do some low bright evergreens as a foundation base, weave in some low growing ornamental grasses, and in the summer do border edging in things like lettuce, kale and with annuals like marigolds (kind of hides your harvesting). Best of all worlds. Maybe you'll start a front garden trend like that here in tree-hugging Oregon. We have neighbors that do corn in the front in summer. :)
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If you want your house to look larger & more attractive, paint the garage door & surround the same colour as body of the house. Then it won't stand out & take away from your charming house.

The porch area is dark right now & not adding any curb appeal. I see this painted a brighter colour which complements the brick, which will draw attention to your front entry.

The colour I envision is BM Rusty Nail.

The more vibrant front entry will be enhanced by evergreen plantings along front of house. Keep it simple. Boxwood is a good bet for your area, inexpensive & low maintenance.
April 5, 2014 at 7:08am     
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houssaon
I say porcelain. But I also like wood or linoleum in the kitchen.
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I cannot agree more. Porcelain it is! Travertine is pretty but high maintenance, Especially in high traffic areas such as the kitchen. I say this with my personal experience. My husband fell in love with Travertine and had it installed throughout the first level of our home. It had been a true pain to maintain it!. I would go with porcelain any day!!!
April 4, 2014 at 10:21pm     
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houssaon
You are likely strapped for cash now, but I think you should get a new front door when you have the funds. In the mean time paint it black. The current door looks like someone filled in the center of the original door with a piece of door from the 60s.

The white vinyl windows look OK. I would paint the rest of the trim a gray. Here is another house:
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April 4, 2014 at 10:03pm     
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nwduck
The door is pretty obviously an add from...the 1960s, maybe? An inexpensive switch would be something like: http://www.lowes.com/pd_508474-42736-LOWOLJW182400065_4294858086__?productId=50014950&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar|1%26page%3D2&facetInfo= And then paint it. You could also paint the sidelights, and maybe do a period appropriate stencil in the dark gray in the middle of the panel.

It doesn't seem like shutters would be right at all. A colored door, a lively porch (floor paint and porch ceiling paint), with landscaping that has variegated leaves would work. Many plants have leaves in green with white, green with red/brick colors, green with gold colors. It might be a great addition to work a plan like a white/light ceiling on the porch, an artistic paint job on the porch floor (think, painted rug), a colored porch swing with pillows, some colored pots and great light fixtures. If you look at the Arts and Crafts movement colors for golds, blues, greens I think you will find a scheme that goes with your outstanding house!
April 4, 2014 at 10:20pm     
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sew1108
Thank you all for your time and advice. I had not even considered that the door might be from the 60s. Makes me feel better about painting it, somehow. :) will do a bright color, porch & ceiling paint. Also like the plant suggestions! Thanks much!!
April 5, 2014 at 9:02am   
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houssaon
I think anyone of the colors you are considering will look good on the base of the house and the garage doors.

I would paint the window trim, gutters and leaders dark brown. But another option is a creamy trim color like this home: Home exteriors. Here is one with white: Len'as Cottage. Or the trim could be the same color as the base: Exterior.

I think the tile pavers on the front landing should coordinate with the brick flower planters. Also, some of your bushes need a good pruning, which you might want to do before you paint.
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Thank you. Re the plants, we are going to do new landscaping, but were advised to paint first. Hope we got the order right.
April 5, 2014 at 10:13am   
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houssaon
Is the front door the door to the porch?

This is pretty and would work with the clay:
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houssaon
There was no information, but Blue Spa 2052-40 Paint by Benjamin Moore is close and was used on these doors: Carcary Residence and Gerardi Home. It is a happy color, to be sure.
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Blue spa would look great. Love the color:)
April 4, 2014 at 5:15pm      Thanked by Sharon Campbell
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Can't wait to try it, thank you both!!!
April 4, 2014 at 5:40pm   
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houssaon
With this tall ceiling you can do color on it. What are your favorite colors?
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thankyou housson! yes im thinking of a medium brown (see piks) but not sure if its going to make the room look smaller or just be nice and cosy like im visualizing? yes i was thinking about doing the white boarding on the ceiling (think this is what you mean by clapboards?) will just make it even more 'country' tell me which of the piks you like.... P.S. my fiance is not too sure about the blue roof in the first one haha
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I like the lightness of the last one, looks greenish..
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If you have a library, check out the "Not So Big House" for great space ideas. See http://www.notsobighouse.com/ Well worth the cost to buy some of her books, if you can't get them at the libray.
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A great way to open up your house to the outdoors and to that beautiful view is to use a folding glass wall system to create an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Take a look at our Houzz profile and our website http://www.nanawall.com/ for examples of how you can achieve this. I've attached a couple pictures below that I hope will help spark some ideas.

Additionally, here's the story of an architect who literally converted the homeowners barn into a entertainment/party barn. http://www.nanawall.com/blog/2013/12/modern-barn/. Visit our blog posts to see neat stories of how individuals have used our product to transform their lifestyles.
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Thankyou NanaWall & Garden Design Online, such great ideas... !
April 4, 2014 at 5:46pm     
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lesymarie
In my family room I have a set of brown sofas and a love seat, I would like to have an idea for wall colors and decoration colors that can match with the them.
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FYI:


I'm not sure what you are asking. Glaze for what?
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Glaze for cabinets. Thx.
April 4, 2014 at 3:28pm   
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Or, BM Palladian Blue, very similar to Copen Blue.
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Please post a photo.
April 4, 2014 at 7:34am   
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Can I go any richer in color than cedar key? Or just forget about the wall color and enjoy the overwhelming architectural details.
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houssaon
I would remove the front porch and replace it with steps and a portico. Then you can add foundation plantings.
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Lori Schmidt
I'd either add a smaller window upstairs in the attic or hang something decorative like a large metal star. It'll help balance the space visually.
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Wow I really like the rendering done by Flair Lighting.. Creating a Portico will surely create a welcome front..
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houssaon
First, I have a question, Why are you closing up the door? I don't think it would any functionality to the room and, if you don't do it, you'll save some money.

I think if the stone were cleaned up, the fireplace would look good. It does have a modern feel to it. I can see it with a spectacular art piece or a collage of matted and framed photos. I would place a seating area near the window and fireplace.

What wall colors are you thinking about? How about painting the ceiling a color?

I would not go too dark with the flooring. I understand it really shows dirt. You should not have to remove baseboard. I had the floors in my house done and they were just fine. Don't paint until you have the floors done.

Love your favorite room photos. The artwork shown in the first two is wonderful. Like off-centered the furniture arrangement as well.
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Kristen, I love that lighting idea! How cool!
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houssaon
I like your idea of painting the ceiling, especially with that beautiful crown molding. You could use a color that Benejanmin Moore recommends pairing with Revere Pewter, such as Raccoon Hollow, Winding Vine, Mink or Silver Gray.

I would look for some artwork to go in the space above the toilet. I can't see you window, but how about a Roman blind in a pretty fabric?
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KERI
I'm really liking the Mink color that houssaon posted above for the ceiling...and I like your idea of the baskets with rolled towels too... on my lunch break I found a couple nice baskets...what if I hung those with a small wreath? Let me attach a picture...
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KERI
For above the toilet? Keeps the neutral, natural theme? Yes/no?
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houssaon
Are the shakes on the second floor wood or is that the roofing? If they are wood, I would stain them a dark brown. Paint all the trim a creamy white.

That is a beautiful Redbud, but it is planted way too close to the house. It would be worth the money to have it moved out into the front yard.
April 3, 2014 at 10:51pm   
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Should start from changing shape of the house,add a pergola and a porch,replace the windows,the door,the walkway,redesing landscape.
April 4, 2014 at 1:12am   
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Thank you! We have since added a new roof and added a porch as well as new windows. View it here. http://www.houzz.com/discussions/746808/Help-me-choose-a-front-door-color- Still have not painted the front door. We need to move the tree. Any other suggestions after viewing the updated photo? Lighting along the walkway, landscaping...
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houssaon
I think you could use the stain products they stain bricks with and cover up the white and blue ones.

Gray or tan would look good. I would paint the steps, too.

This is an attractive color with stone: Careful attention to nightime lighting. I like the window frams painted as well: Whole House Green. Other options: Arts and Crafts Clarendon Hills Remodel & Addition and Gmlens Country House (Belgium). Nice tan: New England Style Design: Fireplace, Chimney, Columns, and Stone Siding

The stone on this house was painted: Before & After - Haverford, PA.

Would you be able to do something about your front steps? Maybe have them redesigned with two runs and add a landing. This house has seven steps: Graceful Gambrel, but the rise is not as high as yours.
April 3, 2014 at 10:17pm     
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nwduck
It seems like you could do a "whitewash" treatment, but instead of white use a grey paint, maybe one with a very slight green tone to it. There are tutorials on line about how to do it, along with images of whitewashed painting on brick. (Just google whitewashing brick and you'll get the info.)
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Paint the walls yellow and maybe change stone to brick if possible. Change the black railings on steps to white. Leave window trims white
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While look for examples for another thread, I found this painted stone photo. Not bad!

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@ASVInteriors. Thank you for the kinds words. Funny you mention printing this thread! I was going to print the thread for hubby's bathroom reading enjoyment. :) Then, leave empty comment boxes for guest comments. I've just printed all 39 pages for posterity.

Thank you all for your comments, suggestions and voting. It really helped my case. I'll let you know any progress.

@Deborah. I told my husband a Houzz Buddy golf offer came along but I told you how terrible we are at golf. He said, "Hey - I'm getting better at golf. I can almost hit the ball as far as I can throw the clubs". (Joking of course)
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Sounds like Ben has a great sense of humor. Comes in handy when your "rustic, piece of art" fireplace is being attacked from all sides!
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houssaon
Looks like the paneling that I had in my den. Not really wood planks. You could paint or wallpaper, but make sure you prepare the surface and get rid of the shine. There are good how-to articles on the web. Here's one: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/home-accessories/wall-art/how-to-paint-wood-paneling/

There might not be sheet-rock under the paneling. So if you take it down you might have to put up sheet rock.
April 3, 2014 at 9:41pm   
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As an imaginative solution you could get plasterboard and cut out "windows" that show the wood panelling through it. So you don't remove it but add visual interest...

My problem is that it seems to clash with the floor colour, so a white wall (with panel windows of wood) could ease the difference between the two.

Of course, painting is the easiest option.
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Pat Asquith
Paint it white, you will be surprised how good it looks!
April 4, 2014 at 4:39am   
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houssaon
I like Barnhart Gallery's suggestions.

This teak furniture does not have as much red as yours does, but I like the warm gray walls, lavender spread with the orange blanket: Modern Neutral Bedroom wood + orange accents The warm orange blanket would tie in the color of your furniture, which I was originally thinking was red, but, in fact has an orange undertone.

Maybe you could do gray with the wall at the head of the bed in a dark purple from the carpet. Although, I think your wall color is not bad as is.

Here is another room with a purple and gold rug: Pool House & Wine Cellar

You definitely need new bedside lamps.
April 3, 2014 at 4:19pm   
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hanna1984
Barnhart's idea board is fabulous! Updated, with some '70's thrown in too. Those lamps are perfect. Bright, fresh. Who had the idea of velvet drapes? I'd love to see those! Eggplant/purple maybe? What a wonderful find - real vintage. Lol!
April 4, 2014 at 11:38am   
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houssaon
Looks like a nice home. I would do at least three things if this were mine.

First, paint the trim, side door, and garage doors a like tan something like the trim around this front door:
. The front door would look good in the warm red shown as well.

Second, remove the post in front of the window, if it isn't a structural support, which I doubt it is. Either keep the metal post since it goes with the period of the house or replace it with a square one.

The last thing I'd do is to landscape. The foundation on the left could use some taller bushes and, overall, the house needs a design that frames it.

Maybe one other thing. Reduce the amount of driveway.
April 3, 2014 at 10:02am     
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kathleen MK
If you have lots to do inside I'd concentrate there first unless the paint is seriously peeling. With all the trees when fully leafed out you may like the brightness of the white. Just paint the doors a brighter color that goes with the brick, ochre yellow, mossy green, or a terra cotta.
The metal post could be moved to flank the window if they must stay for structural reasons, you can spray them with a hammered metal finish in copper, bronze or black. Match the lamp and other fixtures.
I would make adding shrubs the priority because they take time to establish. Something evergreen, low maintenance and maybe flowering. Add some pots of bright annuals and a swing or rockers to enjoy the porch.
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I like the idea of charcoal. Less harsh than black which is what I was originally thinking. Thanks for the pics and suggestion. And thanks for reminding me that everything will look better in the spring/summer when all the beautiful trees are green.
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A new paint scheme would add interest.
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Thanks so much for all the ideas. I took the husband back to view the house, and it looks like the façade might be the least of our worries. Built in 1914 and renovated countless times, it still has the original windows, and I failed to see that most were broken. The HVAC needs replacement and reworking as there is only one vent in the basement and no cold air return at all. There was a strange issues with the sump pump, and the windows in the basement had water damage. All fixable issues, but not something we wanted to take on. It's too bad because it was a fabulous lot, location, and the backyard had a beautiful peach tree. The hunt for our perfect match continues!
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victorianbungalowranch
Too bad. Real wood windows aren't necessarily a bad thing, and may be easier to fix than you think. Share this thread with the listing agent and good luck with your search.
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houssaon
I think the only issue is that the stone is weak where it is missing. I would look for a foam to fill in the cavity.
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helplessinmiami
I am not sure why the undercounter looks like this either but how do I get it to look finished? Any suggestions?
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helplessinmiami
Could I use cement to finish this off.
April 3, 2014 at 8:27am   
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houssaon
I like the idea of white walls in a satin finish for a little shine.
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dianeck61
Have you thought of a taupe? A rich brown/grey, not real dark. Then you could throw in some pops of color whether it be cool or warm..
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