,Our house is in the historic Railroad District of San Luis Obispo. It was formerly a duplex, and is now one home. Currently it has redwood shingle siding, that is 40 years old and rotten. We also need to reroof the building.
We have already chosen the windows, we are replacing some and adding more. The awnings over the two front doors are canvas at the moment and we want something more permanent.
We intended to remove the shingles and replace them with stucco, and keep the whole project very simple and straightforward. However the City of San Luis Obispo wants us to include another type of siding/material on the facade.
The front yard is concrete. We do not want to remove this concrete, but would like to put a fence with gate about halfway from the door to the street, and have an outdoor living space/courtyard on the left side ( as you face the building), with planters and greenery. We had planned on placing planters with evergreen flowering vines up the front, on the two protruding stairwells. We had hoped that this was enough for the city to "break up" the stucco, but it was not. That is still something we would like to do.
Our house, at the moment, is without question one of the ugliest houses in our beautiful city. It is in a wonderful neighborhood, and while we do want to improve the appearance of the house, we don't want to make major structural changes.
Stucco is our preferred siding. The house is abnormally vertical for our neighborhood and we feel that if the house is either too light or too dark, it will exacerbate the problem and make the house too prominent. We do not want to change the basic structure, just enhance the facade.
The awnings over the front doors/ courtyard/ fence should all compliment each other.
The roof has to be replaced, so it is possible to use more than one type of roofing material.
The City of San Luis Obispo has a plan for the district, www.slocity.org/communitydevelopment/download/raildistrictplan.pdf. There is a section that details the Architectural Features they consider a part of the character of the area. While we are not looking to do major structural changes to the facade, it does mention materials the city prefers. And we do have sections of shed roofs, something that is part one of the historic styles.