(Closed) Improving curb appeal of this house.

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 17
741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Meowkers: I love your idea for a paint job! I agree with the PP about trimming back the plants (or putting something else there that is more along your taste), and maybe adding some plants along the walkway to make it a little more welcoming. 

Congrats on going into escorw! Crossing my fingers it all goes smoothly, I’d love to see how you’ll renovate it!

Post # 18
5103 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love the color ideas you have!

And I’m with PPs get rid of those tall awkward hedges! I think they are a major factor in amking the entryway look boxier.

Post # 19
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think it’s really pretty as is!

Post # 20
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Bye, bye, bushes!

Maybe replace the door?

Add some colorful flowers out front, maybe a prett window treatment for the front windows and it will make a world of difference!

Can you take a picture when you start working on it?

Post # 21
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love your paint ideas – but i agree with a previous poster to replace the door (it’s kind of ugly).  I like doors like this which have nice windows to let light in and can be painted.  

Post # 22
3240 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Meowkers: I would get rid of the bushes closest to the door to start and replace them with a flowering tree to add some color (crepe myrtle-maybe?). To soften the boxy entrance, you could try adding some wrought iron coner brackets to give the illusion of an arch. Something along the lines of these. Or go more custom and have some sort of arch added. I also agree with pps that an updated door will help.

Post # 23
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I can’t see the roof in the photos, but is it tiled?  It looks like it might be.  You could replace the tiles with new, more colorful ones.  I think that would do a lot for the house.  It would update it, but also keep it inline stylistically with its architecture type.  

Post # 24
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think a new set of doors like 

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irin997 posted would look great! 

Post # 25
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What I would do about the doorway is put up some trellising on either side and the top and grow a climbing flower. It will take a little bit of time but the organic shape the plants will take will soften those angles right out front, and make it more inviting. You’d definitely have to cut back the greenery right by the door first and overall reduce the amount/size of shubbery so that the trellis doesn’t become overwhelming. There are lots of trellising flowers, but clematis is very pretty and there are red varieties, which would pick up your door nicely. Being in CA also you have a lot more choices with your longer and milder season!

Post # 26
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@Meowkers: I think you have some really good ideas – be careful with red and blue, they are nice together, but you don’t want to be the “patriotic” house…know what I mean?  I agree with the others about changing the doors (unless you like them – they are pretty cool and kitchy).  If you keep the doors, make them a statement – like the red you want, but outline the windows in different colors.  I also reiterate about adding shutters.  I thing red and pink look good next to each other (like red/pink roses or bouganvilla).  I’d take out or cut back all the bushes dramatically.  Ground cover is nice looking and easy to take care of. What do you like?  What are you willing to maintain?  Do you want fruit trees?  What about an avocado or orange tree?  I live in the desert southwest, so I don’t like the idea of trellises or palm trees (because of scorpions…YUCK!), but you could do one in LA – with grape vines?  It all comes down to maintenance…

Post # 28
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Congrats on your house!

I agree with everyone that the first place to start is the bushes.  Either cut them back or rip everything out and start from scratch.  To add more dimension you can build an arch (like in your picture) to make the front porch more distinct and less boxy and of course beautiful doors.  Also like your picture you can add some bay windows to add good light inside and more dimension.  A pretty color can make things really brighten up.  I’m also always a fan of pretty pavers for a walkway too 🙂  Have fun!

Post # 29
3774 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I wouldn’t decide on colors until I replaced the front doors and removed those stupid bushes.  (I hate those things)  I think once you do that you will be able to truely “see” the house for the first time.

Post # 30
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My aunt has a similar looking house, she painted it a dark grey with an off-white trim. The door is a bright yellow, I love it. It looks great!

Post # 31
2017 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love the the house exactly as it is. The landscaping needs to cut down and/or replaced but please don’t do anything to change the original lines. Your house is a classic piece of Southern California architecture and it would be a shame to ruin it with an arched doorway.

I would replace the front door but keep the exact look and research the time period (late 60s maybe?) for exterior paint colors. I am somewhat of a conservationist of California architecture, especially the Ranch and the post-modern post and beam. And it makes me sad when people buy a house from a particular time period and try to transform it into something it’s never going to be.

Your house is in perfect original condition (from the outside anyway). Think about restoring it instead of changing it. That’s just my suggestion because I think it will look better and preserve a little piece of LA history (what little there is:) at the same time.

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