Need Advice on Curb Appeal
Hey there...I've been lurking for the past few weeks around here...what a nice group of forums on this site! I bought my first house in September and it is pretty basic. The people who built it were planning on it being a guest cottage to their main house, but they never got around to building the dream home.
I've got 7 acres here of rolling pasture next to a big farm. The area has lots of old farm houses mixed with 50s era ranches. I like how simple my house is but I feel like I would like to add a covered area in the front and side. I would also like it be a little more "charming"...ya know...I guess most people want that.
It is actually a converted pole barn, hence the tan metal siding. Since I took this picture I have painted the front door a classic hunter green color. When I moved in, the house was surrounded by grass and before the weather turned I added the beds you can see below as well laying the stone path from the stones that were eating my lawn mower blades and stuff from the forest. I will plant them in the spring.
I am somewhat handy and my dad is super handy, so I think we can tackle almost any project, but funds are limited so I can't go overboard. Here are a few ideas I have and tell me what you think. One is an arbor over the front door with clematis or wisteria, something like that. Another is a full pergola across the front (excepting the garage) that is fairly shallow..maybe 3 feet or so deep. And then expanding that pergola to a full pergola off the side of the house.
I also think I will add green shutters to match the new door. Maybe window boxes? My main with doing the full on pergola is thaht I would need to expand the stone path across the front perimeter and I am running out of good stone here and don't really want to buy. But, I like the idea enough that I may just do it and collect stone over time for the "floor."
Well, here are a couple pics to give you an idea. Let me know what you all think.