The Exterior

Okay, I’ll say it.  This house lacks any semblance of curb appeal in its current state.  Here’s a reminder of said state:

Kind of sad...

Just to start off, we have a gross exterior color as well as gross windows, not to mention poorly-placed foliage, painted-over (and broken) basement windows, sad front stoop, so on and so on.

What to do?

1) Gross exterior color:

Powder blue is only good for 1970s prom tuxedos.  For that reason, we will be repainting the exterior stucco.  We want to go with more of a natural grey, something along these lines:

Grey is a much better color.

In an attempt to make sure we don’t do anything (too) stupid, I’d like your opinion on some of these things.  Please answer the following poll.

2) Gross windows:

I suspect that replacing the windows will be our most expensive project.  Paul has window installing experience, so we hope to save money for at least some of the windows by self-installing.  The problems with the current windows are many-fold.  First, they are single pane windows, which makes them very inefficient.  The frame is wood, but parts have rotted over time due to not being re-painted.  Additionally, a couple of windows have broken panes.  Long story short: they are not salvageable.

So what we want to do is use a color style popular during the time period during which this house was built.  Basically there is a house color (grey), and then an accent color.  The window frames, trim, fascia and soffit will all be painted in this color.  A book we have checked out multiple times from the library, Bungalow Colors (Schweitzer 2002), had this illustration of a neat color-combination for a stucco house:

Credit: Bungalow Colors

The color when I scanned the page got a little wonky, but the combination is grey with a forest green accent color.  Here’s a visualization of how that might look on our house:

My sad attempt at simulating a green trim color. A+ for effort, Publisher 2007...

Paul is really excited about this combination, and I am optimistic that it would really make the exterior ‘pop.’  What do you think?

Regarding some of the other issues, such as foliage, basement windows and stoops, we haven’t made firm decisions yet on what we’ll be doing.  Today Paul and his grandpa trimmed some tree limbs in the front that were hanging down into our power lines.  We’ll have to make a determination about which trees stay and which go.  Until then, let us know what you think of our color ideas and share any exterior ideas you have.

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About Leigh

Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Leigh moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 for college. She stayed, and now works for a south metro city in the recycling department. In February of 2011, she and Paul bought a neglected farm house in the city to start our own urban hobby farm.

Posted on March 15, 2011, in Design, House and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I really like the green with the grey. Have you looked at black for a trim color? I’ve seen that combo on some older houses around the east side…

  2. I like it…but I sometimes see greys with colors other than black and white and it turns me off. If you are thinking grey or green, here are three schemes:

    http://www.mlsfinder.com/mn_rmls/travisanderson/index.cfm?action=searchresults&searchkey=bfded882-bee2-f7c8-2f1d-2ee39f29715c&npp=10

    Keep up the great work!!!

    • I couldn’t get your link to work, any other way to get to those examples? Another option at the top of our list is indeed white trimwork with the grey, but so many of the other historic houses in the area incorporate such neat colors that I just don’t see us sticking to neutrals exclusively. We’ll see.

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