Cearbhaill's unattractive facade house
OK, I confess- my Mom is buying the unattractive house I posted in the "Foundation Plantings" thread.
It is a beautiful and well kept home... on the interior.
Solidly built in 1955 with enough improvements (new baths, kitchen, windows, doors) and enough of the older features (quarter sawn oak floors and millwork) to appeal to her.
While the lot is huge and deep and the neighborhood well able to return the investment in improvements she is old and frugal and there would be no money spent on remodeling and hardscape. It is the very definition of the worst looking house in the best neighborhood. We could spend twice what the house is worth on improvements and not over price it for the area, but that must be left to someone in the future as she doesn't want to fool with it.
The enormous driveway on the right precludes being able to do much on that side as the concrete pad attaches directly to the house-
There is more room to work with on the left, although those windows make finding something to anchor that corner without blocking what little light there is is particularly vexing-
Here is my first idea on how to help the house- is there anything I am doing right?
Despite my horrid attempt at photo manipulation I do allow room to walk behind plants... I am unable to convey depth perception in this quick rendering. I tend to put my plants well away from my house.
Any plants will be up to me to provide, install, and maintain so at this point only the front would be addressed.
This has to be kept simple both for ease of mowing (if I can't do it on a rider it will likely not be done every week) and for maintenance. She needs to be able to water from the porch or very close to it- escaping yard work is half of why she wants to move to begin with.
Budget would be a primary factor- I want three DeGroot's in the middle there and something substantial near the left corner where conifer variety choice and placement will be crucial because of the tiny window, so the bulk of the budget would go to those plants and whatever conifers I decide to use under the tiny windows. I was going to use boxwoods on the right and just suck it up to keep them in bounds as regards proximity to the house.
In my opinion the plants I have chosen will not outgrow their spaces in what remains of her lifetime (other than the boxwoods which she really, really wants) and the home will be sold and not my problem after she passes (assuming I can improve its appearance enough to have it sell at that point).
The home faces southeast, south being on the left corner and east on the right corner.
Any suggestions would be welcome with the reminder that it cannot involve any sort of "remodel" at all- I'm looking for planting design only.
That and keeping the mowing simple.
I appreciate any thoughts.