Help balancing front of house

pumpkin22March 3, 2013

We just moved into a new house. The first floor windows are not in line with the second floor windows and feels off balance to me. I was thinking a small tree or tall bush on the left corner of the house might help with this? Any other ideas?

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Probably. Yeah.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2013 at 9:08PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I like it! I was thinking that the 2nd story windows have shutters, and maybe you could just nail on faux shutters creating a third window on the left, but a tree is far easier!

Just be sure it isn't one with invasive roots!


    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 10:40AM
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for this application, I would look at a tree that maxes out in the 12' - 15' height range, stays on the narrow side, and then keep it "bonsaid" if it has ideas about growing out of bounds.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 7:00PM
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Perhaps consider adding architectural foam cornices over the first door windows, painted to match the second floor shutters.

Great looking home! I googled architectural foam cornice, many pages of sources, listing one of them for you.

I bought some several years ago, added them above windows and garage in the front, and repeated this in my back. Added a subtle but handsome look.

Here is a link that might be useful: examples of foam cornices

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 6:14AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Wow! Nice link. Sample is free, but $20 shipping? A little outrageous! Huge turn-off. Lots of nice examples, but in reality, for this situation, I think a small tree is a better option.

I read this forum because we bought a huge gorgeous neglected home on a short sale, and I look for ideas and share mine. I haven't posted pics yet because how do you do that with 1.4 acres?

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!


    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 3:28PM
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desertdance, bet you could find supplier somewhere near you that deals in the architectural foam. I love the pieces I got - they really dress up an otherwise very ordinary home. Lucked out and found them at a Home Renovation warehouse.

Post your pics. We love pics.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 4:16PM
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Thanks so much for this! I love both ideas. We are going to add flower boxes, but I never thought of the cornices. That would be a great touch.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 9:02AM
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tulips101(5a sterling il.)

I have a small house on the west side on the lot line i have white vgnyle fence and then there is a 3 foot flower bed next to the fence and there is 5 feet of grass and then a 3 foot flower bed next to house.
I would like to move the small shrubs i have in both beds and remove the sod in between the beds and plant pinky winky hydrangeas and annabell hydrangeas could this be done and how the beb faces west and im in zone 5a if that helpes
I am new at this and can use all the help possible thank you.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 8:59AM
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I think this can be fixed. I would get a quote on removing the top shudders and adding two new windows on the second floor. These will then line up with the first floor giving you the symmetry you are looking for.

Does this make sense? Get a few quotes and use references.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 2:49PM
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