I've been a lurker in this forum but I now need your help!
We bought last year and here's a pic of our house when we got it (right semi). I don't have an updated pic but here is what we changed so far:
The roof is now charcoal. We painted the brick red in light grey/brown. Our neighbour also painted the front of their house the same color and changed the roof with us (same color as well) so we now have the two semis that match :D
Forget about the ugly window coverings upstairs and in the porch :) We now have a casement window upstaris with white trim. the neighbours also painted their window trims white (both up and lower windows - yes we have great neighbours! LOL).
Our porch stays so far. We're planning of painting the ugly brown metal trim in white to complete the look. We changed our front door into a black door with a nice patterned glass insert, but we can't notice too much during the day because of the screen door in the porch...
the maple in the front is scheduled to be removed (extremely bad condition). I'm planning to keep the retaining wall in the front but transform the front yard into a rock garden (will get a lot more sun once the tree is gone). I already collected some nice granit rocks from the cottage country for the rock garden. I'm thinking of a lot of lavender plants and then rock garden plants, some blue fescue, and some kind of climber to try to semi-cover the post in front of the tree.
But I'm open to any suggestions :)
Now, my main question is what to plant in the corner of the house. I don't have a pic for that corner but it's basically on the right of this pic. Right now the soil level is about the same height as what's in the front, we have a damaged chain link fence at the corner that is scheduled to be removed tomorrow and we'll have the land re-graded to slope gently towards the sidewalk. So no retaining wall at the corner. However I'd like to plant some taller bushes etc. to keep people & kids from cutting on that corner. We're not planning to put back a fence because of a limited budget (re-grading was necessary, so we'll be regrading in order to avoid the need of a retaining will - financial reasons as well, it's cheaper that way).
I'm not especially looking for a full hedge, but some kind of arrangement that will create a natural barrier around the corner. The only requirement is that it still need to block of people in the winter, so deciduous shrubs are Ok as long as they're woody and will show some structure in the winter.
The corner will be in light shade (we're planning of planting in the spring a service berry to the right of the maple, roughly in the middle of that corner).
Thank you in advance for all your help and suggestions!