If you follow Remodelaholic on Facebook, you’ve probably seen several of the reader questions that are submitted every month. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I love the helpful community vibe of these posts, so here’s my two cents on one reader submitted question and a mock up of what I would do if I were in your shoes! (Pssssst— you can submit your reader questions by messaging Remodelaholic on Facebook!)
First though, my disclaimer: While I can recommend ideas that I think look nice, I have never seen this house in real life and don’t have accurate measurements. I am also not an architect or landscaper and do not know the planting recommendations for your area- I just like to make things look nice. I can’t guarantee that any of the items I put in my ‘virtual’ design will actually work in real life (or that they’ll fit your design style for that matter), and this is not intended to be a professional design consultation. So think of this as a just-for-fun rendering that hopefully gets your wheels turning and provides some inspiration!
READER QUESTION from Laura —
Recently had overgrown and huge evergreens removed from up against the house. Those awful railroad ties along the sidewalk have been ripped out too. How would you landscape it? The asymmetrical windows bother me! I need balance! Thanks!!
First of all, what an adorable little house! As soon as I saw it I though it would be the perfect little cottage, and it really wouldn’t take a crazy amount of work to get there. Here’s my photoshop mockup of what I would do if this were my house:
Adorable, right? Doesn’t it look just so much more inviting? Here’s what I changed up to get there.
First the base: The house looked a bit dingy. If a power washing doesn’t clean it up, a fresh coat of white paint would do wonders. Then I changed the trim to a deep charcoal gray to really make it pop and add some dimension to the home. I also added in a decorative gable pediment to the peak over the door to add some architectural interest and a fun detail over the entry.
Second that entry way: The amazing rounded front door was just begging for a pop of bright color. With the classic, (almost) symmetrical look of the house, I opted for an equally classic bright red door color (sources listed below). I removed the railing on the portico too. It didn’t seem to fit with the style of the house and almost made the porch seem caged in and closed off. A more substantial step up to the porch, trimmed out in white paint, and a larger porch light that fits the cottage style and also works better with the scale of the door, completed the entry update.
Finally, landscaping and details: I lined the walkway with bricks, flowers, and boxwood hedges to make it feel very grand and inviting. It leads your eye right up to the bright red door and enhances the symmetrical feel of the house. Up by the house, I kept the landscaping fairly simple, but brought in some texture with easy to care for hostas, and color with various flowering plants. To help balance out the smaller window on the right side of the house, I think it would be the perfect place for a small tree. It brings some color up higher, adds a bit of softness to the facade, and provides shade as well— all without blocking your view! I also added some trough style window boxes and flowers to complete the cottage look and beef up the windows even more, and finished everything off with new, larger house numbers centered on the front porch step.
If you’re interested in any of the items used in my mockup above, here’s a list I put together to make things easy on you:
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And if you’re still on the hunt for cute cottage inspiration, here are a few more images I rustled up while researching for ideas for this mock up:
And one final look at the before photo next to my photoshop mockup after. So what do you think? What would you do to up the curb appeal of Laura’s cute little cottage?
As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. If you like this post, and have a design dilemma you’d like me to mock up some ideas for, let me know! (Ask your questions by sending Remodelaholic a message over on Facebook.) Also I’d love for you to visit me on my blog, adaesthetic.com, or follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram. Have a great day, friends!