Sunday, April 5, 2009

Curb appeal

Julia, over at Hooked on Houses, offered a creative challenge that I couldn't pass up. One of her readers asked for help with the curb appeal of this house. Rev up the photoshop boys I'm goin in.

Before


After

  • Changed the garage door. White was just to dominate. The bronze color links the garage with the rest of the house.
  • Larger light fixtures. The mass of the brick pillars by the door screamed for a bulkier fixture.
  • Front walk. The shrubbery between the door and the street feels like a barrier, and not very welcoming. Post or plantings down the walk helps too.
  • Gable vents should be the same bronze color as the windows. Before, you barely notice them. now they tie in with the arch of the door. Repeting shapes...Goood!
  • Precast stone crown on the columns. Cuts the tall verticals into managable portions.
  • Landscaping. You could go wild here. It's odviously fall in the before shot. The trees and grasses have been trimmed for the winter. Cluttering up the front with pots and trellises is going to far. Somtimes more is just more. There is a fine line when the landscaping begins to out shine the house. Some deeper and taller planting at the foundation would do alot to soften this house. The tree by the door is going to out grow that spot soon. It really need trees out in the yard closer to the street. More room to spread. Flowers in soft colors work best with this color of home.

7 comments:

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Much better! Thanks for taking the time to do this. It inspires me to do a few things with my own house, as well.

Hillcrest Acres said...

Amazing!! With just a few details, the entire house changes.

Becky said...

Wow!!!! That looks great.....BUT, if you REALLY want a curb appeal challenge let me know....My house has no substance or charm.....I would love your input!!!

lee said...

you did a great job, it looks 100 percent better.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! This looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

michelle mceachern said...

Great job! It's amazing what little needs to be done to change the look of a home alot.

Lauren said...

whoa - you are brilliant. I am paying whatever you're asking for photoshop classes this summer. and no, I won't take no for an answer