Cape Cod needs some lovin'
Help! We just closed on this house. I love dormers and steep pitched roof lines but this house needs some SERIOUS curb appeal.
Details: total lot 6 acres. 2 or so is front and immediate back of house and it's green-not saying grass but....there is a creek midway through the back yard and the rest is woods. The house faces true north. We are in MIchigan Z5 The house is approx 8-10" taller than the unattached garage and the natural gas line was added between the house and garage.
1. Add a true covered front porch that is covered to the garage. We are moving the service door toward the front on the left side of the garage. The "bridge" between the garage and the house will be converted to a covered porch with steps to a landing that will access the front (toward the service door of garage) and the back yard.
2. Address the drainage issue due to the house being higher than the garage. French drain? There is several hundred feet to the front ditch or to the creek in the back.
3. All the dogwoods and other shrubs were planted too close to the house-so they either get replanted or torn out.They have been severely pruned back since the picture was taken. So I need planting ideas.
4. Did I mention the front porch?? The current monstrosity is neither attractive nor sturdy and it's constructed of untreated lumber. yuck
5. The roof is being replaced as we speak- dark charcoal gray. The siding is light gray and the shutter color will be changed. I like clean, crisp lines- no curlicues for me- so all trim will be bright white. Do we make the single front door a double? I'm concerned about proportion.
6. The septic drain field is front left as you look at the house so no other trees can be planted there. We have a beautiful maple just off the field. How do I fertilize/seed such a large area?
any help or guidance would be GREATLY appreciated.