Envisioning a Beautiful Exterior

I can’t honestly say that I loved the exterior of our home when we purchased it. It was the interior and endless possibilities that got my attention. Our little house just doesn’t have curb appeal, but we can change that. Until now, the exterior simply was not a priority for the two of us. I’ve now drawn up a plan to fix that.

Before I share our plan, I want to share the look I am hoping to create for our home. Our home is quite different from the home in the photograph, but it is a perfect illustration of the look I’m trying to create. The welcoming porch, beautiful color scheme, and manicured landscaping are just a few reasons to love this house! This home is my inspiration for our complete exterior overhaul.

Photo from Provident Home Design


  1. With the end goal in mind, I can start working on pieces of the puzzle. The first piece is the front porch. That probably sounds like a weird place to start, but our front porch needs immediate attention. We’ve decided on a very similar look to the one in the photo; however, we will use black metal balusters versus white. I like the contrast. We’ve also decided to widen our stairs a foot to allow for better flow. Trex composite decking will be used for the floor of the porch and the steps to create the look above. The composite decking cost more upfront, but will save us time and money later. It’s also very easy to work with.
  2.  We will eventually skirt the porch as part of phase two of the porch renovation.  Ours will be much taller than the image below since our porch is raised several feet. The skirting will make the front of our home look cleaner, and it provides visual interest.


3.   I suspect the next step will be replacing our tan siding with gray. I’d like to get that done next spring, but I’ve got to wait on a couple of things. I haven’t found a money tree yet…still searching. Gray is classic, and I want to use a color that I love. After all, I have to look at it every single day. I also love the way white trim looks next to gray. It pops! I’d like to remove our shutters and add thicker trim to the windows.

4.   I’m not sure who picked out our roof color, but they clearly had no idea what they were doing. The roof is almost a clay color, and I can’t stand it. It doesn’t look good with anything, therefore we will replace it with a darker roof. We’ve got 12-18 months before we really need to consider replacing the roof. I have selected a product from Timberline that I really like, and we know a roofer we trust to do the job once we are ready. I haven’t quite selected the shade, but the image below is pretty close.


5.    We’ve actually been working on the landscaping over the years, but I am continually frustrated with it. Some plants have gotten too large, others struggle, and we just can’t seem to get it right. I think we might bring in a professional to create a plan that we can implement. Ryan’s parents did that, and their landscaping is stunning.

6.   Ryan and I have discussed screening in our deck, and I think we’ll do that when we take care of the roof. It will require adjusting the current roof line, so we might as well do it all at once. Georgia weather is awful most of the year, and I feel like a screened in deck would make it much more pleasant. I would at least be able to escape the mosquitos. Why do they insist on biting the hell out of me??? I also think our cats would enjoy an outdoor space too.


So that’s pretty much the plan, and I’m not sure how quickly we will implement it. We did remove our porch over the weekend and are currently rebuilding it. It already looks a million times better. I can’t wait to share photos.

As with anything home related, I think you’ve got to plan it out. You need to have a clear vision of what you want, and you need to know what you can do. We knew that the porch was something we could handle, but the roof should be left to a pro. Knowing these things, you can save yourself money. I’d love to hear about your exterior alterations or complete overhauls in the comments below.

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