Hi all, we've just purchased this very bland home and are looking for ideas to update and freshen up the classic facade. The real estate photo really lightens things up, but reality is shown below.
Yes trim scallop from outdoor blinds, I have done this before and it makes a huge difference,if you wanted to change your front door you could try even a pivot for a really stylish look.
It's a nice looking house. I would just repaint.
New front door. Remove round trims, if they are actual vent covers, then replace with square or rectangle covers.I think the home looks nice, the garden needs colour. When the roses bloom, it is probably colourful, but needs some colour when winter is here and the roses are cut back.Even some big pots at front piers with colourful plants.I have a succulent called Kalanchoe Calandiva, in pots at my front door. They give a colourful display in winter.
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Need help with ideas for renovating exterior of our house.
When you say "update", I don't think it looks old, it looks classically timeless. So I suppose the question is, is there a style or trend you like which you want to change it to? Is it the colour in particular you don't like? Or perhaps the blandness, the fact that everything is one colour?
I'd be interested in a daytime photo which isn't impacted by real estate agent's filters.
I’d replace the front door and darken the garage doors painting the gutters to match. Most of my budget would be in landscaping. It looks at its worst now in winter and with an unknown young tree in front to left leaving the hedge to do heavy lifting.
Here’s a day time photo C P.
Me me what colour palette would you suggest if we repaint?
Dreamer we were considering replacing the front door with double doors as pictured, thoughts? You’re right about the garden needing work.
Macyjean we do like the timeless look but feel the beige tones are too bland and dated. We would like it to look more coastal/hamptons if that makes sense. We have thought about painting the render & garage doors white and painting the roof charcoal. We are also going to update the windows.
Kate agree with the front door and landscaping. I’d be interested in your colour palette ideas.
You have not got enough room for double doors. It will still need to be a door and a side panel, otherwise it will be two skinny doors.I do like your choice of design.
We were thinking of opening up the entrance to accommodate the double doors
I think, that would be a waste of money. Install one 1200 door only. To take bricks away and re frame, plus the new doors would not be beneficial, as when people enter the home you would only open one door anyway.How wide is the existing full opening including side window?
Thanks dreamer, I think you make a good point. We haven't moved in yet but I believe the total opening is approx. 1200 to 1300mm.
Is the roof brown?
Engage a landscape designer and have them come up with a classic style to suit.
The house itself looks great as it is, I wouldn't change it.
Hi Kate, yes the roof is brown
Thanks MB Design & Drafting, I wasn't sure if landscaping alone would be enough. The exterior is quite bland due to the colours all being the same (browns and creams). When the home is in the sun it definitely lifts but during winter the colour palette makes it look dull.
I think if you repaint it Hamptons style, it will still look bland.
Any thoughts on colours or alternative ideas me me?
don't do garage doors white. I'd normally suggest charcoal but given your roof is brown I'd go for a darker grey-brown.I would avoid painting the facade itself as everything will date again in a few years.If it was me I'd lose the iceberg roses but that's probably a waste.The house is fine just a bit twee and the look was the Hamptons style of it's day.Really focus your efforts on landscaping, it will make a real difference.
I would keep your house colour as light as possible to highlight its architecture, as suggested landscaping is the key to making your house look beautiful, get advice from a landscaper or check Peter Fudge, Paul Bangay, Jack Merlo for inspiration
Julie’s top 2 where what I was thinking with door and garage going dark. You really want your door to stand out.
Thanks everyone, we think we’ll start with landscaping and go from there
I would consider removing the external blinds and their housing. If you need blinds, I suggest loosing the scalloped edge they jar with the lines of the house. I like the white appearance in the real estate photo, but the front landscaping needs a make over. For me I would do all in white, and allow the line of the house to be the hero, rather than colour or any particular element such as the garage door. It has classic lines celebrate their sharpeners. As for a door, I suggest a cantilevered glass door. Modern classic, very upstate New York. Best of luck.
I guess it depends on your budget , but I'd start with the obvious -- the paint . It looks 'dirty' , so I'd pressure wash . But it does look better in the for sale picture , and I suspect it has been photoshopped . Anyway , if your budget extends , maybe paint that couple of shades lighter .
Again , budget matters , but I like cedar or similar timber garage doors , so that would be an option . The door , to me , is the least of your problems .
Then I would go darker on the trim . The gutters I'd go the same shade as the roof , and carry that through to the vents , and hopefully the windows . Then the trim that can be seen under the gutters , I'd go halfway between the gutter colour and the wall colour . That would soften things .
For a Wow , and before anyone says its a different style , I know , BUT I'd do the 2 fake columns in a small horizontal slate -- that would add a touch of class and variety IMO .
But we are all different !