I am planning some landscaping this year and have people coming out to quote on the work. I want to make sure I end up with exactly what I want and not regret the idea in the end. I REALLY dislike the curb appeal of our home. I find myself wanting to move all the time to buy a home with a different fronting. I really wanted my double front doors to face the road instead on the side, however, the inside of our home really worked for us and we love the layout.
Problem is, the outside is not inviting, whereas the inside is warm and a fav hangout for our friends who stop by a lot. We love casual, laid back, family entertaining with friends and ther kids. Our home tends to be the location for most get togethers.
My initial problems. I think the outside is boring and nothing draws my eye. The house looks smaller than it's 2400 sqft inside and I want it to look larger outside.
I have pulled together some rough ideas cutting and pasting in photoshop. My plan is to paint the garage a more neutral browish tone. My other problem in the cream wood area above the front porch and below our upper window. I can not figure out what colour I can paint it to make it blend. The trim around the outer edge of that window is metal and matches in colour right now, as per the previous home owners. I don't think the porch and upper half of the house blend right now.
To start, I want to remove the concrete stairs and handrails and I am thinking about using pavers on the porch as well to help blend it, but have not seen this idea in real life yet. My cut and paste job is amateur. I forsee the garden following down the front lawn more and a tad less stone walkway than what I have shown here. The planter beside the steps would actually be back in the corner where the planter pot is in the before photo and extend higher up towards the porch.
Any thoughts would be GREAT!