Ideas for how to make an Ugly side of house look nice?

I have a side of my house that curbs up to my cement driveway. I want to make it look nice. I can’t plant anything because the cement and it doesn’t get much more than morning sun. Any ideas how to make this house side look nice? Faux panels? Planter bIdea? Rocks? Thanks for any new ideas!!
  13 answers
  • Rowgop (Pam) Rowgop (Pam) on Jun 13, 2018

    What about building a couple of raised flower beds?

  • Carol Marszalek Carol Marszalek on Jun 13, 2018

    First I would build a planter box underneath the power box and then run a lattice “cover up to hide it. In order for the meter to be read I would cut a

    circle out in front.

    Then, in the bottom plant a climbing plant, perhaps a clematis or morning glories to climb up the lattice. As it matures you will have to keep the face of the meter cleared for readings. Finally, I would build a couple evenly spaced planters same depth as the one already built, but longer.

  • what about building a moveable trellis ? you could then hang flower pots

    comment photo
  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 13, 2018

    use potted plants .... just remember the utility box that's on the house may belong to the utility company, if you want to cover it check with the utility company first.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 13, 2018

    What ever you do... it needs to be skinny... as the car parks right there and it is close the the window

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jun 13, 2018

    The cheapest and easiest thing to do is to make long planter boxes. Make them at least 9 inches high and then line with plastic. Put one hole in the bottom of the plastic for drainage and then put some good quality planting soil in the boxes.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Jun 13, 2018

    What about the planters with different flowers, or just single pots even metal shelving with some birdhouses mixed among the pots. Could make your own birdhouses! Good luck!

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jun 13, 2018

    I liked the idea with the lattice. You could also paint your box white to match your siding.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 14, 2018

    Painting the box and pipe white is an excellent idea.

    Since it looks like cars have to come into this space, there is not much room to put out flower pots. Maybe a pretty window box if it won't interfere with opening the car door.

  • Sandy Sandy on Jun 26, 2018

    I would just paint whatever you can white. I think it would look too busy trying to hide it. The area is just not big enough to put anything there because of your driveway.

  • Femmaeve MacQueen-Rose Femmaeve MacQueen-Rose on Jan 16, 2021

    build a dozen different colored bird houses and attach them to the side of your house in a quirky pattern.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 16, 2021


    Fit a Trellis or Shutters, an outdoor Mirror, a Trellis in the shape of a tree or an Arch. Use bright Cheery colours if it doesn't get much light. Flower Boxes with Evergreens in or Succulents or artificial flowers if appropriate.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jun 30, 2021

    build a nice structure so nie florals can climb