Our tiny 1926 urban home is a symphony in brown and we're not sure how to either embrace the uninspired palate or give it a face lift. When we bought the house a year and a half ago, we put a lot of effort into making the interior a cozy, functional home for us. At this point we feel as though we've put just about as much money into it as we can get out, so any additional investments will be made to maintain the home and beautify it for our own enjoyment...in other words, we're willing to spend but this isn't going to be a huge or a one-shot expense.
A couple of things we know we will have to do in the next year are replacing the roof and repairing the visible (currently stucco) foundation at the perimeter of the house, but before we do we want to have a go-forward plan that allows us to make incremental changes over the next several years AND makes sense throughout it's evolution.
Here's what's rattling around in our brains:
- We are looking for a cosmetic update, not a remodel, of the exterior
- The structure of the home won't change, nor will the roof line
- We love the enclosed front porch
- We love our two front doors, but would be open to painting them
- The windows themselves are brown and as they're in good condition won't be replaced
- We are open to color, style, feel that's in keeping with the home's 1926 vintage with a little modern sass thrown in
- Color drawings to help us envision your suggestions; of utmost & immediate importance are updates to the roof & foundation
- A listing of suggested materials (not budget)
- A narrative to help us understand your key choices