I was supposed to take a break before Phase 2, but these awnings and the dingy yellow glow they cast on the inside of my house are driving me crazy. So down they’re gonna come and I wanted to talk about the new plan.
You see, the façade is original to the house. Which is cool and all, but the flaky paint is nasty and in a few spots the brick is water damaged and rotting away. All of this is a mess and though I always planned to restore it, I’m coming to terms with the fact that that won’t be cost effective.
And since I always wanted to mix traditional and modern styles until I filled the house with antiques, I’ve decided to be bold and daring on front and re-clad the house with a rain screen and panel siding. Kinda like this handsome rehab a few blocks to the west.
Except I’m really not a minimalist at heart, so I’ll probably want to add a splash of color to my mostly-red street like this Mondrian inspired panel siding, and/or texture with some corrugated metal accents.
And the front windows are total garbage, so they’re coming out too. The old plan was wood 2-over-2 windows like I have on the back of the house, but now I’ll make it a bit sleeker and just put large 1-light casements in. Kinda like this house where I grew up, also a really great look.
And the best part is that now I can just get clean fiberglass windows and it’ll all be totally affordable. I’m very excited. Onward and upward folks! Feel free to weigh in on accent colors. I’ve seen good use of red, orange, lime green, and teal. Whatever I pick, I’ll temper it with plenty of grey. And the mahogany door is gonna stay. It doesn’t really go with the new look but hey, I’m cheap.