This is my house I purchased a while back. Now that I have graduated from school and an "adult" now. I am attempting to fix it up.
I already have cleaned out the flower bed and planting Crate Myrtles and some other bushes in the foundation bed. Also I am planning on seeding fescue in the fall (100% shade, not many options)
Id love to replace the carport posts with nice stained wood posts or cedar and a new mailbox.
Here is my question. I think the white is very bland, but I have been playing on SW visualizer all day and cannot find any good looking trim/ext wall color combination to match the old 1950s brick (im not a fan). I know painting the brick would look great, but Im not sure i want to do that.
So any suggestions as far as paint schemes, or if i leave it white, things to spice it up some?This message has been edited. Last edited by: Jyoung,
Jul 24, 2012, 03:00 PM
I wouldn't paint the brick, it might stand a good cleaning with a pressure washer (1500 psi max). A 1950's brick is going to a be hard fired brick so it can stand this.
As to color, why not a sage green or a light gray? For the sage I'd go with a cream colored trim, with the gray a darker gray or possibly white. Then I'd go to a garden supply store and ask them to come up with a regionally appropriate planting design. Many will do it for free if you're buying supplies from them.
If it were my house, I'd look to convert the carport into a garage. It wouldn't be that expensive. The slab has to already have footers because it is holding up the roof of the carport. It looks like a fine example of a post WWII tract home. With Crepe Myrtles I assume you're somewhere in the south. Adding you location to your profile helps people give you more specific information for your area.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Jul 24, 2012, 07:07 PM
Take a look at a taupe(beige) color; just make sure it has blue undertones, not pink. Use a darker color of brown or brown/red around the windows.
Or I used a gray with brick. It was a medium tone but again be sure you know what colors are used to mix it so you do not have a pink undertone. Use a darker shade around the windows.
In either case I would pick an altogether different color for the door. It is a small area and not that hard to paint so go bold.
Let us know how it turns out.
Sep 01, 2012, 01:15 AM
Gray with eggplant or a deep red trim would look great.