(Closed) Need help making our house pop!

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can do a lot with annuals.  Plant a bunch of petunias in big pots.

 

I would skip the window boxes, those are a beaner and they are a lot of maintain.  If I were you, I’d be saving my pennies and hopefully someday you can build a porch onto that house.  

 

 

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Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I like the door color as is, so I think if you just did some basic landscaping and added some height ,texture and color in the beds, you’d be pretty happy.

 

I’d play off the red, and fill some pots on either side of the door with spike, ivy and bright red flowers in elevated pots. I’d do the same color scheme in the gardens to add to the curb appeal.

 

Window boxes are nice to have, but they are a lot of maintenance. If you don’t think you’d mind it,tho, I’d have them just match the house (white), since none, if any, of the actual boxes will show once planted.

Your house is my house when we first moved in. We painted our door a custom burgundy color, replaced the side lanterns with some much bigger and got large cement pots for the sides of the door. When we painted, we went to a more neutral color, and did the shutters in the same color, but 10 shades darker. I left the door color, but glazed over it in a copper color.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@monet11:  you have a lovely house.  my first thought was “it looks a bit nude”.  it needs landscaping in the front.  different colours, textures, heights, etc.

i am not sure what your future plans are but i think a long veranda or covered porch would be amazing and really add to the outside living space.  this project of course would be quite costly.

i would definitely do the landscaping.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

If I were you, I would paint the recessed part inside the door and the trim around the windows a different color, either a slightly darker/greyer white or a more noticeable contrast color like these:

Color:

Greyish:

And I agree with PP’s, some taller landscaping would go a long way.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree that a little landscaping will go far. This year, we added some flowers around the trees in our front yard, and around the mailbox (basically, dirt + plants, and then edged with bricks). We also have honeysucks shrubs that go up our front walk way. Not sure how much others like it, but I feel that adding something on your front door is more “homey” – maybe it reminds me of how my mom decorates? We have a few standard things we decorate our front door with (some wreaths, and then some corn for fall). Maybe a birdhouse? Of course, I’m biased, but I think adding a pug and/or Boston Terrier make any house a little warmer!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@monet11:  Now that you said it, I remember we do have some lights that go along our driveway to light it at night (and then a bunch more in our back yard – we have stairs that we built that go down this small hill to where our garden is). I like the lights a lot! A friend of mine has them along the shrubs in her front yard. The honeysuckle has been here for years, so not sure if it’s so determined b/c of that, but it’s easy to maintain. We do almost nothing. The most we do is trim it back b/c it just grows and grows! We have a “flower bed” to the side of our door (it’s probably 10 feet long, three wide?) but it has mostly herbs in it. I love it when I’m cooking and need basil, oregano, etc. 

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