Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Front Facade: It All Started With a Starfish

One of the things I really wanted to change about the existing house was the curb appeal as you pulled up to the door.  While I LOVE the gambrel roofline, the windows were awkward and the front door location didn't work with the new interior stairway configuration.

And the inspiration for the front of the house?  This door knocker from Michael Healy.  I love this big, oversized starfish.  And I could immediately visualize it on a blue front door.

With that decision made, the rest of the design started to fall into place.  First step, we centered the second floor windows (which seemed a bit more logical ).

Next, we wanted to give the front facade a little more dimension.  So the guys added an extension above the windows.  We will use an accent siding in that space and a large dentil molding underneath - right above the windows.  (I really wanted to try and get a nice shot without the port a potty, but it seems to show up in every photo!)

Pottery Barn - Avalon Sconce
Flanking either side of the front door, we will install these nautical style light fixtures from Pottery Barn.

For the front steps, we have some big limitations, due to setback constraints and code requirements.  But I'm noodling over granite steps or else a more traditional set of wooden steps with a white railing.

On the new section of the house, we're adding a door into the mudroom.  I'm still deciding on a garage door style, but we'll install a big barn light over it, to provide lots of illumination for the driveway.
Restoration Hardware Vintage Barn Light

Here is the first window going in!!  Big difference, don't you think?
New window and door configurations (temporary door so the new one doesn't get messed up!!)
Of course there's lots more to do, but we're making progress! Pin It


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