I can't believe it has been a year since we contacted you about some design decisions for updating our 1970's ranch.
In short, we converted our front porch to a much needed foyer, replaced all of our siding with a mixture of shake and lap styles, added three windows along the front, replaced the shutters with wider window trim and added corbels to the roofline.
We were not sure about painting the brick, only because of the maintainence, so we extended the siding along the top half of the house so it better integrates with the brick. However, with the siding color we chose we can later paint the brick if we'd like.
We chose tile in the foyer but have dark wood floors throughout the rest of our home, thus the "harwood" tile pattern, to help transition from one space to the next.
In the future, we hope to visually balance out the front of the house further by converting our carport to a great room.
We hope you approve of the changes as we are thrilled with the results.
Thanks so much for your continued inspiration.
P.S. We have the side French doors and also two additional exterior doors on the back of the house. Would you treat those as windows and leave them white or should we paint them as we did the front door?
You did a great job, your house looks terrific! Thanks for sending some "after" photos. You can paint or stain the other doors- there is not a "right or wrong" on that one. Personally, though, I think I like the white next to the brick, so I'd go paint.
For before photos- check out this blog post.