Curb Appeal - Any Hope?

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The owner says the olive body color has to stay on this tri plex converted from an old church. Any ideas on new trim color/ curb appeal. Help! budget is 1500.00.
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  • Staci Rebeka Staci Rebeka on Sep 19, 2016
    Tall but not wide topiaries and some longish/low planters with extra color. I would also advise adding a little dark green to the trim (maybe via shutters) but keep most of it white.

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    • JWOZ JWOZ on Sep 20, 2016
      Since this looks like it has sidewalk in the front, I would do potted plants. Maybe make some big planters. Definitely add cottage style shutters in the tone of the wood where you can.

  • Donna Ward-Scott Donna Ward-Scott on Sep 19, 2016
    I would add a piece of trim between the doors to make it look like a large single door and add trim across the top to beef it up. I would paint the door a strong color like burgundy. I like Staci's idea with the planters. I would also add large light fixtures that fit the scale of the house and increase the size of the house numbers too.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 19, 2016
    I like Donn's idea about the trim on the door, if that's possible for you to do. I have redone a lot of houses both for myself and as a business. Here's what I would do. Because the house presents a small side to the street, I would keep the body of th house and the trim in variations of the green. Paint all the trim including around the windows and porch columns 2-3 shades lighter than the house color. Paint the part that is now brown a few shades darker than the body of the house. By keeping the color in the same family, the house will look larger and more cohesive. Then pic a vibrant color for the doors. A deep rusty red, eggplant, etc. Instead of shutters, I would add wide simple trim around the window on the right. For the small window on the left, I would add a board the width of the window and the long enough to match the window on the right. Then add the same wide trim around all of that. Paint this trim the same lighter green that I have suggested for all the trim. Add a pretty window box on the lower part of the piece you add to the left window. This will balance the two windows. If you don't have a green thumb, 'plant' really high quality artificial flowers that pick up the color that you paint the door or use a variety of colors in the plantings. It looks like you have a concrete pad across the front. Use a deep charcoal stain on this to anchor & ground the house. Use native perinneals and ever greens to fill your yard. Low maintenance and they come back every year. For a small fee, you can have a landscaper draw you up a simple plan and then you can do the work yourself over time.

    • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on Sep 20, 2016
      I think what you have suggested is just wonderful and inspiring, and not hard to achieve yourself. Hope the homeowner has success with your suggestion. What I was thinking that the window box is used for the smaller window on the left, but add some beautiful planters with some lush plants on the right where the larger window is. Follow the plant them through to around the concrete pad. If $'s permit, perhaps a path from the front kerb side to the pad. With just plain old recycled bricks or pavers. Stop mud being tracked in. And again if $'s permit, some hardy plants along the side of the path. Marigolds come to mind. Colourful and hardy.

  • Voz10148504 Voz10148504 on Sep 20, 2016
    If your aloud to do a different trim color I would suggest a burnt orange spice color for the two big triangles and then a deep burgundy brown color for the fine trim. Get rid of the white trim all the way around by changing to the burgundy chocolate. And Donna's idea is a great one (paint bur. brown) and top off with tall schrubs and low potted plants. Staci's idea of the tall but not wide topiaries and low planters will finish off nicely. This is mainly sweat euqity. Biggest cost is paint. And pots and plants but deals are out there. I'm sure you can get this done with no problem of going over your budget of $1500.00. Send picks can't wait to see end result. Remember this is just a suggestion of the trim colors. But I really think these two colors as your trim might even help you to learn to love the olive color...lol good luck. Email me your finished look please ( vozzanova@gmail.com )

  • Vera S Vera S on Sep 20, 2016
    I agree with Vozzanova. The white trim needs to go. I would use a deep, rich brown for the trim. for a small house like this there is to much going on in the color department. For the curb appeal I would put 2 large Planters at both ends of the porch and decorated , plant small evergreens in both and supplement with seasonal plants and Holiday Items.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 20, 2016
    Thank you. I appreciate your letting me know that you like my ideas. That was nice of you.

  • Mary Gemmell Mary Gemmell on Sep 21, 2016
    thanks everyone for the great ideas. this old building is now a tri plex- it seriously lacks charm and has no symmetry from the streetside. thanks again for taking the time

  • Michelle Harbee Michelle Harbee on Sep 27, 2016
    I absolutely love the colors on the house. Olive is my favorite. Beautiful home.