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As Requested Photos of Front of House.

May 3rd, 2010 at 07:48 am

Here is a picture of the front of our house.

I would love some suggestions on some curb appeal.

Not sure how much you can see but I have put down black rubber edging that starts about 18 inches in front of where the cement walkway meets the front step, curving it around the front porch then around the front window then around the side, back, other side and to the side of the garage going to 18 inches infront of the garage where the driveway is.

I plan to keep filling it with river rock (easier to mow if you do not have to go right up to the house).

I had pansies planted by the front steps and there are Blocks holding down the black film next to the porch (rocks soon?) then infront of the window are two rose bushes and tiger lilies.

The pansies are starting to grow tiny leaves (seeds from last years plants), and the tiger lilies are growing. Not sure if the rose plants made it as I do not see any green growth YET.

The grass is starting to green in patches NOW (this is the picture from our listing April 4th- see snow on grass).

There is some oil stain infront of the single garage BUT I did clean it since this picture, I do need to go over it some more BUT it is better.

Our lot line in front is two sidewalk squares over from the right or three of the lines (between the two mail boxes) and would go in the direction of that first big Pine you see in the rear right of the background. Now our backyard does not go that far back but I wanted to to give you a line to visualize our front yard.

I have removed the stain on the porch and need to restain it as the area that had knots in the wood the stain color lifted. (To Do List)

We are in Zone 5 for planting if your wondering.

What do you think??

13 Responses to “As Requested Photos of Front of House.”

  1. gamecock43 Says:

    Trees! That would instantly help the house not look like it in in a barren plain. Some more trees in the back yard that will grow taller than the house to give it a pretty green backdrop.

  2. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Lovely cosy home! The first thing I would do is paint the front door a vibrant bold colour. I think red would look great! That would create a focal point. Good luck. I'd love to have a blank canvas like that.

  3. minnie1928 Says:

    I agree...trees and a door color that "pops" would help. Also, why not get some big flower pots full of colorful flowers and put them in front of the garage. For example, one on each side of the garage and maybe one in between the 2 doors.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    At the very least, potted flowers, by the garage (2-3) and a pot to the right of the front door. I would highly suggest pansies, unless you are getting south sun.

    A quart of paint for the front door is an excellent idea as well. I wouldn't go crayon red, maybe a plum or a sage green. You do need more color!

    You could buy or scounge up a small chair for the left corner by the door. Put another pot of flowers nearby. Make it seem inviting like a nice place to sit waiting for a guest. Maybe even a side table. A basic door mat...but without words! Do you have a wreath that could be hung near the door, maybe on the left side of the door, but on the garage wall.

    I know you stated you had something planted under the window, but it is not visible from the street. You might look into planting two boxwoods for some green. There is also a tall evergreen, arborvitae, that would look great just at the right corner to soften the corner edge of the home.

    If it were me, I might skip the planting of permanant plants since you have no idea what the new owners might want. They could tear it out a week later! Start with the least expensive and go from there.

    Once you add some color, make sure your realtor takes a new picture!!

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I agree. Some trees around the house, and some potted plants (tall ones) by the front door. Perhaps paint the front door a bright color too, like suggested.

  6. LittleMsMom Says:


    Our Neighbor did the Pots between the garage doors and I like that, I will look into finding some pretty pots that I can gift to my grandmother once the house is sold. My Cousin used to work with flowers so I will see if she can help me come up with some mixture of flowers to plant in them.

    I have a mat for the front door but stopped using it. After I restain the porch I will put it back out.

    I am not sure IF we have enough room for a bistro table and chair with maybe a pot of plants on the table BUT I will take some measurements and see what we have room for. I might even do a matching pot and like the garage ones and just the chair. Or just the chair and table. Will see.

    I love the idea of a colored door BUT I think that is a more permanant change type thing than I feel comfortable doing. We have a Metal door so it would either need to be professionally painted with Metal adhering Paint or replaced.

    I am scared to plant trees because I worry about hitting a sprinkler system line or roots breaking a line and the house is a walkout lower level so trees in the back would be pricey as the larger they are the more money they are.

    I think I will do the things I stated above and post another picture when I am done and you can give me suggestions from there.

  7. zetta Says:

    Perhaps you could do a small tree or a large fern in a whiskey barrel -- no digging!

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe, most of the front of the house is like a big garage. Big Grin But don't me wrong. Coming from a guy, that's a compliment. We love garages. We think of all the cool things we can set up with a space like that.

  9. creditcardfree Says:

    Definitely don't put too much on the porch to make it crowded. Just enough so it looks inviting, but not empty. I'm sure potted flowers will help quite a bit!

  10. LittleMsMom Says:

    @ Broken Arrow:

    Yeah you are right about the front of the house being a big garage. When we were first looking for houses STBX was all we are going to be buying a house with a garage attached at the back or side so you see the house.

    And yet we still ended up Building the Garage with attached House home. The double car garage is has a 19 foot door so the garage is even bigger looking when you get inside.

    The inside of the garage is finished and heated with plenty of room for cabinents and a worktable, Sure your not in the market for a new house??? LOL

    I think instead of doing the bistro set (which I would have to buy) I am thinking matching pots of flowers matching those in front of the garage. Either One under the light on the porch or two flanking the front door.

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  12. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    As a gardener, I know for sure that there are others like me who actually seek out houses with "blank slate" yards. So if you feel like the yard is lacking landscape, consider pitching your ads to gardeners who want to start from blessed, empty scratch. Smile I looked for months to find a house with an empty yard--- was hard to find when looking at older houses (mine is 100 years old).

  13. creditcardfree Says:

    Definitely don't buy a bistro table if you don't have one. Think about pots of different heights to offer visual appeal!

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