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First though, my disclaimer: While I can recommend ideas that I think look nice, I have never seen this house in real life and don’t have accurate measurements. I am also not an architect or landscaper and do not know the planting recommendations for your area- I just like to make things look nice. I can’t guarantee that any of the items I put in my ‘virtual’ design will actually work in real life (or that they’ll fit your design style for that matter), and this is not intended to be a professional design consultation. So think of this as a just-for-fun rendering that hopefully gets your wheels turning and provides some inspiration!
On to the fun!
READER QUESTION from Katie — We need some help with the outside of our house. We are going to rebuild the deck. But it also needs new siding. Yellow and red have to go! We are at a loss for what colors and types of siding. Siding companies we’ve had out have been no help whatsoever.
Modern homes like this one, with their unique angles, are one of my favorite styles, so I immediately had some ideas in mind for this beauty, but before diving in, I also searched the web for some additional inspiration:
Sufficiently inspired, I got down to work. Here’s what I came up with to give this dated home a modern makeover:
To start with, I nixed the yellow and red in favor of a neutral and timeless black and white color palette. Or rather, charcoal and cream, to soften it just a bit.
A new, sleek wooden railing with horizontal boards instantly updates the deck, while adding warmth to the exterior as well. To make sure the wood didn’t feel out of place, I also added a few other wooden elements, including a matching fence to hide the air conditioning unit, and a wooden bench along the side of the landscaping.
Speaking of landscaping, this is by far the most dramatic change in my opinion. The weathered railroad ties, while they have their place, are a bit too rustic for the modern style of this home. A symmetrical and streamlined concrete planter that doubles as steps up to the stairway fits in much better with the overall aesthetic and really cleans up the look of the landscaping. Adding in a few wooden steps helps balance out the cement and bring that warmth down to the area also.
A few other changes of note include an updated
So what do you think? What would you do if this were your home?
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