what could we do to this 1970 brick house to update the facade and front garden, pease? cheers, Chris
Hi Chris,I would remove the diosma, trim up the tree so it is not hiding your house, otherwise you could remove and start again, hard to see from photos how wide the beds are and are they used for anything apart from garden, hedges, silver birches could really suit your lovely house.
thank you Julie.yes we intend to remove those plants.probably render the front of the house and retaining walls. The actual front of the house is very uninspiring and needs some sort of dimension.South Australia is quite hot and dry in summer so we would need plants that could cope with it.once again, many thanks.
Curb appeal indecision... advice please!
Updating tired and odd exterior, please help!
Not sure where to start!
Blank wall on front of house
Hi Chrissie,Yes you get some really hot weather in SA, planting some drought resistant plants, ornamental grasses and plants that thrive in your area will create a very stylish garden
I actually like the bones of the house , and the tree , and the round garden .
So on that basis , trim the tree a bit by cutting half the branches , opens it up , you can see out a bit more . Add flaxes and cactuses and easy maintanence plants under the tree , and the other garden -- some brown ones , some broad leafy ones , a yellow one or two , red lancewood , etc . Probably some small stones , and several larger rocks too . Change the yellow ball light haha -- a stainless or even copper one would be the go !
The bricks are a kind of nothing , but I wouldn't render , and definitely wouldn't change to grey . The blinds look weird -- at first glance , they looked like garage doors ! Go charcoal for them would be my pick .
Do the gutters in charcoal too , or bright red with the front door in bright red too .
Then there's the carport ! It looks like its 100mm too tall , and obviously the roof clashes with the house roof , so it just looks disjointed . It won't be easy , but colour match to your house roof as much as you can .That will hide a lot .
Assuming you don't want to lower the entire carport , visually lower it , by adding a board along the front , the same height and in line with the guttering , at a guess 80mm tall ( and 20-25 mm thick ) . Undercoat and paint this board the same as your gutter ( charcoal or red ) so it looks like guttering . And then paint everything above it ( the roof and any of the upright you can see ) in the new roof colour .
Suddenly , your house looks fresher , longer , more co-ordianted and cohesive . With the new garden too , you have changed the whole look for $2-5000 and a couple of days work . Re-grass the front lawn and you are then ready to plan your next step .