What architectural style is my house
I am beginning to think about outdoor lighting and landscaping and I am having a very difficult time determining what style my house is so that I can treat it appropriately. In looking at web resources, I think it may be craftsman or bungalow but I'm still not convinced. It was built in 2003 and is on a road with mostly ranch style homes.
Many homes built recently are combinations of different styles of homes and are therefore not one type of home. However, your home does not have the characteristics of a craftsman home. However, I do not see where the style of this ranch home would affect your landscaping choices as all of those home styles would have generally the same landscaping. I see where you have accented your door with color and added some white wicker furniture pieces to the front patio which is definitely a good start. The garage door is off-centered which will add to some challenges which I am not prepared to provide any suggestions for at this time. I would start the landscaping with some evergreen bushes that would remain low in front of the patio. I would layer in some color with other plants. I cannot suggest specific plantings not knowing your gardening skill or the lighting in that particular area. If you will share for details in regard to these things, I will gladly make some suggestions. Lovely home.
Thanks for your suggestions Kimberly. My gardening experience thus far is with vegetable gardening but I am not at all afraid to experiment or to learn new things. The front of the house faces east and gets full sun until about 1 in the afternoon. I was thinking of doing a flowing curved bed from the edge of the driveway all the way around to the side of the house. You can see in the picture where I have already dug a border for it (all the rain here is preventing me from completing it - perhaps a good thing) but I'm not sure that I like it. I was thinking of putting in a purple (mainly because that was my mom's favorite color) crape myrtle tree in the left side (where there is currently a garden post sticking out of the ground) then fill in with some flowers and shrubs here and there. I was thinking some taller things would be better on the right side since the house is on a slope. I am still open to suggestions as I have no experience with landscape design and I would warmly embrace any suggestions that you have. I just rode around one day and looked at what other people were doing and I kind of like the flowing garden beds that some people around here have. I just want the front to look warm and welcoming. As a side note, I have a pink pampas grass planted on either side of the driveway. Sorry for rambling so much but wanting to get this project done is a big source of stress right now (I tend to obsess over the smallest details, it comes from being a programmer) and it was good to get it all out.
Terry, thank you for providing more details. I work in financial management and contracts and my greatest skill is organizing so obsession over the smallest details is understood and appreciated. I love crape myrtle trees. The pink and purple them will be attractive. You may wish to add a touch of red either in flowers or lawn decor to bring the door color into the yard. It could be as small as some annual flowers or a garden structure (i.e. gazing ball which can be made from a bowling ball). I have several Stella Ora Lillies planted in my front garden and there is one that is red. I have pampas grass in the back garden bed and love it until it comes time to cut it down for the season. It will cut you in a second. Lamb's ear is a soft dusty green colored plant that will stay year-round which would play well off of the pink and purples. It also transplants very easily and can be grown by even a black-thumb. I definitely agree with the curved garden beds. You should use mulch (mulch heavy for weed control) the first year keeping it away from the base of the house. I find pine straw easier to distribute after the first year. Salvia is another plant that you may wish to check out along with knock-out roses. Roses scare alot of people but knock-out roses are pretty forgiving and easy to maintain. I hope that this helps. Enjoy!!
Thanks everyone. It looks like I have a ranch home. Does anyone have any recommendations about styles of lighting that would look good? I want to put a light on either side of the garage. Right now, I'm looking at this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-Port-Oxford-Post-Mount-1-Light-Outdoor-Oil-Rubbed-Chestnut-Lantern-HD492396/202536469#.Ueck-FO9yUs
I like your plan for the flower beds. With your porch it might be nice to also add a small water feature. I have one by my front door and the sound of running water is very relaxing. I have a small pond, but you can also have pondless water features It also helps attract birds to your yard if you want them.
I like the style of lights you picked but I would go with black, to tie the shutters in and match the red and gray.
I think that light looks more of a craftsman style...whatever you use...do use a black fixture...I like your home
Hi Terry I like your house especially the stone ! I wouldn't put a crape myrtle where you suggested they can get pretty big and it would obstruct your view of the driveway, that said I would put it about the same distance from the house on the opposite corner , it would eventually add symmetry to the house. To give you an idea of size, our crape is about 9 ft tall and about six ft wide .
I agree with the ranch style. Also, those lights are nice, but are Craftsman. A coach light style would be nice, more in keeping with the ranch style, and in black. Something like this: http://www.lampsplus.com/images/landing-pages/outdoor-lighting-n/patio-lights.jpg
Regarding your lamp choice- With all respect, I'm not seeing any definite architectural style. I get a faint vibe of colonial and a little Cape Cod. With the help of a professional, you could probably add some architectural and decorative details to push it solidly in one direction or the other. For now, tho, I think you're dealing with a "contemporary ranch". So... I would avoid adding details that seem to be too clearly from a particular style until you are ready to commit to one and "go all the way." So, as much as I like your craftsman-style lamp choice, I don't see any of that in your house at all, and don't think that's the way to go. Certainly, once all the plantings are in, it's not going to stand out a whole lot. Still, I wouldn't go that direction. I would add trellises for vines or some hanging flower pots on each side of the garage, and perhaps some decorative architectural detail over the door so that side is as interesting as your porch will be. Otherwise (not knowing what the garage door looks like when closed), you've got this big blank space that deserves some love too to tie it to the rest of the house. Think about a fast-growing tree about ten feet out and three or four feet over from the drive. That will help, and will also give shade for when you park there. For your landscaping, don't worry about what style your house is. Concentrate instead on a nice mix of colors and textures, shrubbery, perennials and annuals that are right for your planting zone. I like a natural look that doesn't look too stiff. I think that would suit your house well too! Good luck and enjoy!
I for one would like to see photos of the side and back of the house - I was a plain & simple ranch - the over sized garage and lovely porch look they where added on. The peak at the center of the roof now looks out of place and of no value - Maybe you could a Vent to match the one on the garage. I like your landscaping plan - thus far. You may concider building a raized bed on the far side of the porch. Best of luck ------ I hope you don't get too much rain out there.
Sort of a country ranch style. The garage is very overpowering and a large tree or crape myrtle on the side opposite the garage might help balance it. And the Craftsman lights wouldn't look as good as black coach lights, in my opinion. A nice flower bed where you planned it would help, with some red in it...continue a shrub and flower bed on the other side of the walk to the door to help balance that garage (in front of the porch and next to, and under, the tree I mentioned.
Nice home! Looks like a 'Modified Ranch', with an over-sized garage. I would turn the entire front yard into an Edible plus Cutting Garden. With an Arbor, DIY'd pavers (with gaps for planting thyme). Eco friendly fence (or not), that ties in with the arbor AND your existing deck railing.. Looks like you are on a slope? Maybe add a 'Micro Vineyard' on the slope side. Or rows of Lavender (purchase at the minimum 10 gallon plants). Some hanging plants on the porch as well as the steps. Maybe a fountain where the dirt is now to the left of the concrete entrance. And perhaps stain all of the concrete (acid stain, it can be costly though). Over-sized House Address Numbers on the right side of the garage would lend some balance as well, in a complimentary color. I wouldn't plant shrubs unless you wish to prune them. And what will they GIVE you in return? Nothing. As far as trees? If they are Fruit or Nut etc. planted in that back area that I see then I'd say yes go for it. However they would shade and therefore ruin any chances of having a productive beautiful edible/cutting garden in the front. Not to mention the root damage (depending on the tree selection) Crape Myrtles are lovely, and they can be a pain to care for. (I do love them though). LOVELY HOME you have with what looks like a GREAT sized piece of property! Fabulous Potential!!!