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Jennifer Ott Design added this to
Take a cue from the lush yellow-greens in your landscaping by painting the exterior of your home an herbaceous hue. Unlike a more neutral sage green, this is a rather bold choice for the exterior, so I think it works best when partnered with white or other clean and light neutrals for the trim and accent colors.
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Photos by Anthony CrisafulliHouzz at a GlanceWho lives here: Architect Gale Goff and Peter, her husbandLocation: Newport, Rhode IslandSize: 4,200 square feet (390 square meters); 3 bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms. The third floor has a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment.Year built: 1887When Gale describes the state of the home on the day her family purchased it, it’s plain that by “jewel” she means “diamond in the rough.” “The house had old-fashioned knob and tube wiring, dark woodwork, a strange sunroom that you accessed by climbing a ladder and a kitchen that was so small, I didn’t notice it,” she says.The architect says that what the home also had was wonderful flow and a large wraparound porch. “Underneath the dark colors and flocked wallpaper, there was a beautiful house,” Gale says.It was also a place with history. The plaque on the front porch announced that the home had been built in 1887 by J.A. Johnson for a family named Briggs. For some, renovating a very old house is daunting. But this was not Gale’s first old-house redo. “Living in this area, I had remodeled old houses before, some of them for my family — although I’d never renovated one quite this old,” she says. “In some ways I’m my own best client. I thought it would be fun.”But just because she’s a fan of old homes doesn’t mean this is a case of history repeating itself. That much is clear by the chartreuse color on the home’s exterior — a hue that probably did not grace the homes built during the reign of Queen Victoria.“I wanted to have a little bit of fun with the color, and after trying out a lot of them, I had this one custom mixed. I wanted the house to be lighter and brighter on the outside and the inside,” Gale says. “I love older homes, but I’m not a purist. I think they have to work for our needs today — plus, I like to mix old and new.”She took the same approach to the exterior materials. The roof of the house is composed of traditional slate tiles. The porch roof is made of standing-seam metal. It’s a material that is also traditional but, at the time this house was built, probably would have been more common on barns, outbuildings or the roof of a rear addition. The choice has a secondary benefit: Sitting on the porch when it’s raining is a delight to the ears.
Laura Gaskill added this to
Spring cleaning focus: Exterior scrub-up. Perhaps staying indoors to clean just when the weather outside is getting bearable sounds like a horrible idea altogether. In that case consider making your spring cleaning all about the exterior of your home. Hose down the siding, clean out the gutters and downspouts, wash the windows and stain the deck. If you feel really inspired, make your way into the garden and clean your tools, edge the lawn and mulch the flowerbeds.Tell us: Do you do spring cleaning?More:Spring Clean Your KitchenTo-Dos: Your March Home Checklist
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2. 19th-Century Victorian in Newport Most empty nesters opt for a smaller house, but architect Gale Goff and her husband, Peter, decided to upsize after their children left home. It was a simple case of mathematics: Now that their kids had kids, when everyone gathered for holidays, the tribe was larger than ever before. But the reason was also more abstract. “When we found this house, we knew we had discovered a jewel,” Gale says.