Ideas to make this home look like a winner!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by TheEconomist, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay

    Just looking for some suggestions to help make the curb appeal of this home a little better. I was thinking about painting the house and trying to go either cape codd or english cottage style with it.

  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Add shutters, real or decorative. Sidelights for the front door, too, even tho' they would represent a security risk.
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  3. wrc223

    wrc223 Monkey+

    Definately needs shudders and ya need to do something about the upper windows. With the color of the rest of the house and the roof, they seem out of place.
  4. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Trim the top of whatever that big shrub is to make it level and remove the weed growing through the top of it.

    Get a couple flats of cheap colorful annuals like mairgolds and plant them along the top of the retaining wall and paint the front door a bright complimentary color.

    I agree about the shutters, and put the rubbish barrel in the garage.
  5. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    Trim the garage door to match your shutters.
  6. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That Moderator Founding Member

    Roof needs an overhang. I would add a farmers porch, shutters, contrasting roof, change the white trim to a color, shutters, remove the yew and replace with a variety of miniatures evergreens and miniature weeping cherry.
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  7. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I'd build a sharpened pole stock-aid around it and a moat with alligators.
  8. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That Moderator Founding Member

    forget the alligators - add killer koi
  9. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    If it were Detroit, I'd say you are missing the security bars for doors, windows and the pitbull attached to the garage door.

    Nothing says curb appeal as security devices!
  10. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    nothing says class like a couple of decorative concrete lawn jockeys
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  11. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Add a couple PTZ. Cameras for surveillance of the hood!!
  12. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That Moderator Founding Member

  13. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Seriously though Econ, Take a picture at night with the front porch lights on.
    You got a few security spots where someone could easily hide. Right next to the trash can, behind the shrub towards the street and possibly between the porch and shrub. Plus they could use the brick retaining wall for cover to move to the front of you garage.

    Low voltage lights In the retaining wall will go a long way to discourage, plus a motion detecting light that floods the driveway could be advantageous.
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  14. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Sea neglected to mention the dual chain guns in the dormers and the pack of rabid dogs just inside the garage door.
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  15. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That Moderator Founding Member

    Added lanterns and porch
  16. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay

    Not bad Righthand. Way to take it to the next level. What does everyone think about painting the house? I know a lot of people are against it but the wife and I do not like the color of the brick. If we do this, we cannot change the color of the roof as it is only 8 years old and that would be plain dumb and expensive. What color might you go with for the paint?

    Also, Vis, great ideas for lighting. I was thinking something along those lines over the garage but putting lighting along the walls would make a huge difference.

    Keep the suggestions coming, this helps a lot!
  17. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    I used to sell real estate.

    If the reason you're adding curb appeal is to sell the place I'd suggest not painting any brick. Once you get paint on brick it'll never come off completely.

    You may like it a different color but painted brickwork can kill potential sales.

    The best things you can do don't require a lot on cash, things like; keeping the lawn mowed, plant a few flowers, paint the front door and keeping rubbish barrels out of sight go a long way.
  18. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay

    Not selling, we are moving in!
  19. Silversnake

    Silversnake Silverback

    In that case, I'd consider enclosing the front porch as an airlock so someone at the door has to be standing in front of that large window, not behind that brick face between the front door and the window.
  20. TheEconomist

    TheEconomist Creighton Bluejay


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