Ugly house, horrible landscape & worst climate -(Pics) Help Plea
I recently inherited this property in the High Desert of California. Temps are often down to teens in winter nights with 60s during winter days. Wind blows "hard" here year around, 100mph gusts often. Summers triple digits during day and 80s at night often. Air is dry year around; we get 4" of annual rain normally. Soil and water is very alkaline.
The house needs painting and I would like input on color. Im even considering stucco. There is a block wall garage that is being put in, the foundation is dug and I am waiting on the contractor. I havent decided yet on the roof style for the garage. The mobile home's roof was painted a couple months ago with that elastomeric paint. I really dont like white in the desert, but it does keep the house cooler.
There is a crepe mrytle with pastel pink blooms in the front and I dont like pastel in the desert either, but it is kind of a sentimental type plant that needs to stay with the house somehow. The front door is well hidden behind the crepe myrtl in this picture.
It has a semi circular driveway in front, which I would like to keep the shape of. On the house side of the driveway I want to install a fence (to keep out rattlesnakes) and a gate (I have some nice mahogany for that) that leads up to the well hidden front door. The garage door will face the driveway (right between the car and the house in the photo) and I have mahogany to make a door with that as well, I am thinking carriage style maybe...
The swamp cooler on the roof is a necessary evil out here, but uuuuugggglllyyy as is the satelite dish.
Style, class, beauty are really needed here.... metal and concrete are really the only lasting materials in this environment as wood drys out (the mahogany I have is marine grade 1 1/8" though) and plastics desinergate in no time. Concrete does crack though here with earthquakes! Im thinking about lime stucco instead of cement due to cracking issues.
I could really use some input... Thank you!