This house is built well and really solid, but I've never been crazy about the exterior colors. The home was built in 1968 with a blonde brick exterior. When the enclosed front porch and the enclosed back porch were added on a few years later, they made the mistake of trying to match the brick, which wasn't completely successful. The newer brick is more orange instead of gold. The second (last) owner replaced the roof and chose gray shingles. Gray? Yes, gray. Not a warm gray to somewhat coordinate with the warm brick colors - but a cool silver gray instead. He also repainted the trim - using 2 different brown paints that were supposed to match, but didn't. I'm not sure if he did the painting himself or if one of his relatives did it, but it was a REALLY bad paint job. They slopped A LOT of paint on the brick. I would hate to think he actually paid someone to do it.
So, I had the following things to consider when choosing new trim colors.
- The 2 different colors of brick (not going to paint the brick)
- The silver gray roof
- Almond color vinyl windows
- Redwood stain on the fence (didn't want to exactly match or clash)
- Limiting ourselves to 2 trim colors (more colors = extra charge from the painter)
- A very light color over the brown trim would mean more coats (more coats = extra charge from the painter + more paint)
I was going to save this post until after the new gutters were installed, but the company made a mistake and forgot to order them. It might be another week or two before they're installed, so I'll update you when that happens. OK, on to the pictures.The best before shot of the front of the house was taken before the tree in front had leaves. You can easily see the awnings over the windows.
Here's the back door - before.
And - after.
Front of house - before.
Another front of house shot - before.
Front door and awning (with brown stripe) - before.
The awning was painted the door color with a blue stripe.
The painter also repainted the railing with some black paint he already had.
Again, I'll post another photo or two when the new gutters and downspouts are installed. The house looks lighter and happier to me now.
All is well in the Keweenaw.